Staff

Drew Danik

Drew is a Research Assistant in the Peacebuilding Research Program at ISDC. His interests focus on security, development, and climate policy, with a regional focus on the East African and MENA regions. Over the course of his studies, Drew has assisted research on post-conflict reconstruction programs, ungoverned areas, and counter-insurgency programs. Professionally, he has assisted […]

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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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Siwar Hakim

Siwar Hakim is a Researcher at ISDC. She obtained her Masters’ degree in Development Studies from Passau University. Her fields of research are Innovation and Development Economics. Her past research topics have examined the impact of an export promotion program and a municipal development initiative in Tunisia. Siwar has previously worked as a research assistant […]

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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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Piero Ronzani

Dr. Piero Ronzani is a postdoctoral researcher at ISDC, Berlin. His fields of research are Behavioral and Experimental Economics. His main topic of research is the role of poverty in decision-making processes. Piero’s research agenda includes studying decisions under risk and testing public policies in experimental settings. Piero is passionate about behavioural development economics, lab-in-the-field […]

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Tatiana Orozco Garcia

Tatiana Orozco Garcia is a Researcher at ISDC. She is also a PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Göttingen. Her research interest lies at the intersection of development and behavioural economics. In particular, the central topics are peacebuilding and intra-household decision-making. Tatiana has previously worked as a Junior Consultant at the International Crops […]

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Mariami Marsagishvili

Mariami Marsagishvili is a Research Assistant in the Welfare Research Program at ISDC. Her biggest interest lies in the power of humanity to fight for change. Currently she is working on her master’s thesis, which investigates the influence of collective action on Forest Landscape Restoration practices in Ethiopia. Previously she worked at NGO Hudara on […]

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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

Lame Ungwang is a Researcher at ISDC and a Doctoral Fellow of the International Max Planck Research Group (IMPRS) on Uncertainty and the Economics Department at University of Jena. She is currently working on evaluating strategies utilized by the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), specifically in Mali, Sudan and Guatemala. Broadly speaking, Lame’s research revolves around […]

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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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Asees Mohamed Shareef

Dr. Asees Mohamed Shareef is a Researcher at ISDC and a Philipp Schwartz Fellow. His research interests include internally displaced persons (IDPs), forced migration, international politics and international relations. Asees’s past projects include research on national unity and reconciliation among university students in Sri Lanka. Previously, he was a Lecturer at the University of Colombo and an […]

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Lea Ellmanns

Lea Ellmanns is a Researcher at ISDC. Lea’s varied research interests include conflict and peacebuilding, post-conflict stabilisation, global health security, as well as the law of armed conflict. Geographically, her interests lie in Asia and the Middle East. At ISDC, she is working on the “Financing Peace Processes” project, implemented jointly with Swisspeace. Previously, she […]

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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 and a Research Associate at the Development Economics and Food Security research group at IGZ near Berlin. He obtained his PhD from Humboldt-University of Berlin, where he studied violent conflict dynamics in Syria at the micro-level. Ghassan’s research focuses on the interlinkages […]

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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/Controlling, Human Resources and Legal/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 areas […]

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