Meet our Academic Council

Bettina Reiter

Bettina Reiter is a Consultant for social Policy at VdK Bayern e.V. in Munich. She holds a Master’s in Political Science from Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich. She was a Lecturer and Researcher at the Institute for Political Science at Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich (2012-2014) and a Student Assistant at Center for Applied Policy Research Munich (2007-2012). She has been a member of the Munich European Forum e.V. since 2007 and President of this association between 2011-2013.

Sebastian Schäffer

Sebastian Schäffer is the Founder and CEO Seminars Simulations Consulting (SSC) Europe ( and a Research Associate at Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) (, Vienna. He holds a Honour’s Master’s in East European Studies from the University Regensburg (2009) and a Master’s in Political Science, European Law and Slavonic Studies from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (2007). He has previously worked as Research Fellow/ Lecturer at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (2011-2012), the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald (2009-2011), the Center for Applied Policy Research Munich (2008-2009) and the Geschwister-Scholl-Institut for Political Science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (2007-2009). His research interest comprise European Neighbourhood Policy, EU-Russia relations, Eastern Partnership, Successor states of Yugoslavia, Single Market, Transport Policy, elections and electoral systems.

Christoph Schnellbach

Dr. Christoph Schnellbach is a Lecturer at the German Federal Office for Family and Civil Society. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Interdisciplinary Doctoral School of the Andrássy University Budapest (2011) and  Master’s in the same field from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. In the past, he was a lecturer at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute for Political Science at the Ludwigs-Maximilians-University Munich and Andrássy Junior Research Fellow at the Danube-Institute for Interdisciplinary Research. He was also an Associate at Seminars Simulations Consulting (SSC) Europe. His research interests comprise European integration, EU enlargement, minority policy, democracy analysis, NGOs and intermediate actors, with a regional focus on East-Central Europe.

Tamir Sinai

Tamir Sinai is an Exercise Program Manager at George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany ( and a Lecturer at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, teaching Master’s Courses in topics related to EU, NATO and the legislative process in the German Bundestag. He holds a Master’s in Political Science and European Studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In the past, he was a Simulation Developer and Exercise Developer and Trainer for the OSCE missions in Serbia (2006-2008) and Kosovo (2007-2008), as well as for the European Parliament (2004-2007) and the Zentrum Innere Fuehrung – Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces), Koblenz Germany (2005). He also worked for the NATO Public Diplomacy Division as Exercise Developer and Event Coordinator in 2006. He is active in SE European networks and advises NGOs on methodological questions concerning the furthering of knowledge about security issues and democratic processes.

Harald Wilkoszewski

Dr Harald Wilkoszewski is the Head of the Information Centre and Brussels Office of Population Europe, the Network of Europe’s Leading Demographic Research Centres, funded by the German Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science and the European Commission. Harald holds a PhD in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an MA in Political Science, European Law, and Religious Science from the Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich. He also studied at the University College Cork, the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, and the University of Augsburg. Harald’s work has focused on the policy consequences of demographic change, education governance, population forecasts, intergenerational relations, and research communication. Prior to this current post he worked as a Policy Analyst for the OECD Headquarters in Paris, Research Scientist for the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Head of Working Group at the Berlin-based think tank Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, and Lecturer at the Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich. Harald has also taught at the University of Rostock and the International Max Planck Research School of Demography. He has given keynotes at a range of international conferences, such as the European Forum Alpbach, and has testified in front of a number of bodies, including the Scientific Forum of the German Bundestag and the European Parliamentary Research Service. Harald is regularly invited to moderate events and roundtables and to provide media statements for print outlets, radio programmes, and TV formats. He was Treasurer and Vice-President of the Munich European Forum Association before he was appointed Member of the Academic Council. Since 2014, Harald has been Member of the Bureau of OECD-GLOBE.

Barry Adams

Axel Berger

Louis Bernard

Lior Herman

Jérémie Joubert

Mareike Lenzen

Matthew McCullock

Felix Moldovan

Christine Polfuss

Claudia Sand

Tommy Steiner

Simone Weske

Christopher Wood