Staff

Sala Al-Sakkaf

Sala Al-Sakkaf serves as the Science Communications Officer at ISDC, specializing in Middle East agriculture. She gained valuable experience in projects and communications at the Sana’a Center and Climate Analytics before joining ISDC. Sala holds a master’s degree in International and Development Economics from HTW-Berlin, enriching her understanding of global economic dynamics.

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Francisca Castro

Francisca Castro is a postdoctoral researcher in ISDC’s Behavior Research Program. She is in the process of obtaining her PhD in Political Science from Humboldt University of Berlin. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the intersection between protest movements and electoral behavior in Latin America. Her research interests include intrastate conflict, state repression, and democratic backsliding. […]

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Isabella Urbano-Trujillo

Isabella is a Research Assistant in the Welfare Research Program at ISDC. Her interests include gender equity, violent conflict, and welfare in developing contexts. She is currently enrolled in the Master’s program Data Science for Public Policy at the Hertie School in Germany and holds a BA in Economics from the Javeriana University in Colombia. […]

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Sarah Fenzl

Sarah is a Research Assistant in the Behavior Research Program at ISDC. Her interests focus on security, peace, and conflict research, mainly in the MENA region. During her studies, Sarah assisted research on inequality in socialist dictatorships. She was further involved in the Afghanistan project of Etudes Sans Frontières – Studieren Ohne Grenzen Deutschland e.V., […]

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Dorian Lötzer

As Communications Manager, Dorian is responsible for the websites and social media presence of ISDC and developing ISDC’s larger communications strategy. Dorian received his Master’s Degree in International Political Economy from the University of Manchester in 2018 and has since been active in non-profit projects, funded by different German federal ministries. His research included reports […]

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Tatiana Orozco Garcia

Dr. Tatiana Orozco Garcia is a post-doctoral Researcher at ISDC. She obtained her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Göttingen in October 2023 on the intersection of development and behavioral economics. In particular, her doctoral thesis focuses on peacebuilding and intra-household decision-making. Tatiana’s current work at ISDC entails designing impact evaluations and experimental studies […]

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Melodie Al Daccache

Melodie Al Daccache is a Researcher in the Welfare Research Program at ISDC and a PhD candidate at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. Her research focuses on food security, livelihoods, women’s health, and gender equity in crisis-affected settings. Her methodological area of expertise includes quasi-experimental impact evaluations, quantitative statistical analysis, and micro-level data collection. Melodie has […]

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Paulina Rebolledo

Paulina Rebolledo is a Researcher at ISDC. Her research interests include development and cultural economics, mainly the design and analysis of policies that promote inclusive growth in developing economies. At ISDC, Paulina is currently working on the evaluation of programs by the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), located in Mali, Sudan, and Guatemala. Paulina has previously […]

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Lame Ungwang

Dr. Lame Ungwang is a postdoctoral researcher at ISDC, Berlin. Her research revolves around applied microeconomics, impact evaluations, and the use of experimental methods and behavioural economics-informed policies in low-income settings. Lame’s current work entails designing impact evaluations and experimental studies in the context of peacebuilding programming in settings affected by conflict across Africa and […]

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Dorothee Weiffen

Dorothee Weiffen is a Researcher in the Welfare Research Program at ISDC and a PhD Candidate at Humboldt University of Berlin. Her research interests include food and nutritional security, livelihoods and well-being in developing contexts, especially in conflict-affected settings. Dorothee’s methodological areas of expertise are experimental and quasi-experimental impact evaluations, quantitative statistical analysis, machine learning […]

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Wolfgang Stojetz

Dr. Wolfgang Stojetz is the Director of the Behavior Research Program at ISDC and a Research Fellow in the Department of Economics at Humboldt-University of Berlin. Previously, he was a Predoctoral Research Fellow at Yale University and a Research Affiliate at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). Wolfgang studied physics, mathematics and economics […]

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Neil Ferguson

Dr. Neil T. N. Ferguson is the Director of the Peacebuilding Research Program at ISDC. He obtained his PhD in Economics from Heriot-Watt University in July 2013, focussing on theoretical and empirical analysis about the role of multiple aggressors in civil conflicts. His current research interests lie in the analysis of peacebuilding interventions, on the […]

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Damir Esenaliev

Dr Damir Esenaliev is a Senior Researcher at ISDC. His research interests include quantitative microeconomic research related to social cohesion, labor markets, inequality, rural development, and intergenerational mobility. He has published in Journal of Comparative Economics, Economics of Transition, Social Indicators Research, and International Journal of Psychology. In addition, he has a number of working papers and reports published at […]

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Ghassan Baliki

Dr. Ghassan Baliki is the Director of the Welfare Research Program at ISDC. He obtained his PhD from Humboldt-University of Berlin, where he studied violent conflict dynamics in Syria at the micro-level. His current research focuses on the interlinkages between violent conflict and human welfare at the micro-level, with particular focus on food security and […]

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Tilman Brück

Professor Tilman Brück is the Founder and Director of ISDC. He is also Professor for Economic Development and Food Security at Humboldt-University of Berlin and Team Leader – Development Economics and Food Security at IGZ near Berlin. Tilman is also the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the „Households in Conflict Network” (HiCN) and the Principal Investigator […]

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Sophie Zschäbitz

Sophie Zschäbitz is the Head of Administration at ISDC. She supervises all administration-related matters at the institute, including especially Finance, Human Resources, Legal and Compliance. Sophie received her Bachelor’s degree in International Business from HTW Dresden and spent exchange semesters in Finland and Slovakia. During and after her studies, she did several internships in the […]

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