As a political scientist, the world of public affairs and government relations has always been an area of interest to me. This goes back to when I was a student and did internships at the Chilean Secretariat General to the President in Santiago (2000) and Betsy Gotbaum‘s campaign team for New York City Public Advocate (2001).
During my time at International IDEA, an intergovernmental organization based in Stockholm, I frequently interacted with ambassadors and diplomatic staff from member states, government officials from donor countries, and civil servants from other international organizations, most notably from the UN System. Institutional fundraising with international donors such as CIDA (Canada), Sida (Sweden), and AusAID (Australia) was also part of my duties.
World Economic Forum
At the World Economic Forum (2008-2011), I frequently dealt with top-level government officials at Forum events such as the Annual Meeting in Davos. I also worked closely with representatives from Qatar, Switzerland, Tanzania, and Singapore, the patron countries of the Global Redesign Initiative.
In my role at Frankfurt School, I maintain regular contact with officials from the Ministry of Higher Education. As Deputy Chairman of the Indo-German Centre for Business Excellence, I work with diplomatic and consular missions of India and Germany and other government officials in both countries.
I also teach a course, Business Diplomacy, that deals with public affairs and government relations.
I’m part of the German Foreign Ministry’s experts’ roster for civilian personnel in peace operations and election observation. I have served as an election observer for the OSCE in Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan.
To prepare for these and other missions, I’ve completed the Core Course Peace Operations for the Deployment of Civilian Personnel in International Peace Operations offered by the Center for International Peace Operations.