We are a group of Public Policy students from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy and the Hertie School of Governance. The international environment of both our schools inspired us to collaborate in creating events that focus on relevant policy issues. The Bridging Gaps 2015 conference is the first of these events. 


Sebastián Martínez

is a 27-year-old student of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance. He graduated from Universidad de los Andes, in Colombia, with a BSc in Mathematics, a BA in Economics and an MA in Economics. He has worked as a research assistant in one of Colombia's main Think Tanks, Fedesarrollo, for more than three years, as well as for the Deutsche Institute for Wirtschaftsforschung in Berlin. Sebastián's interest in migration stems from his work in labour policies for the Ministry of Labour in Colombia. He is looking to understand the differential treatment offered by the German Government when confronted with migrants who have different skill levels. Understanding this diversity in the pool of applicants in the migration office will signal a clear road to follow for policy makers, of the utmost importance given the current situation in the European Union. Sebastián is a leading coordinator of the 2015 Bridging Gaps Conference.

Fernando CarrabÚs

After getting a Bachelor Degree in History at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and a Master Degree in Business Administration at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Fernando Cabarrús started and ran for over six years a logistics company based in Guatemala City that focuses on produce exports to Europe. He is now a student at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, after which he expects to widen up the horizon of the impact of his work through sustainable development and commerce. His interest in Bridging Gaps comes from the fact that these subjects are closely and on various ends connected with immigration and integration of foreigners into different societies due to different reasons; human physical mobilization keeps changing our world in many ways and finding solutions to the problems that may be encountered during the process.

Kevin Müller

is a 26-year old Master of Public Policy candidate at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin with a specialization in foreign policy analysis. He is currently researching for his Master’s thesis on the effect of targeted international sanctions policies. Previously, Kevin has studied Political Science and International Relations at Royal Holloway - University of London, the University of Toronto and the London School of Economics. 
Kevin has just completed a work placement in the parliamentary offices of the German Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, MdB. In this time, he has assisted with the organization of political discussion rounds with parliamentarians, ambassadors, ministerial staff, and civil society. Before that he has worked at the High Representation of the Kurdistan Regional Government to the United Kingdom in London and at a Private Equity firm in the City of London. Afterwards Kevin spent six months at the Civil Society Participation Programme at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Zambia. Kevin is a coordinator of the 2015 Bridging Gaps Conference and in charge of speaker’s relations.

Frederike Kipper

Frederike is currently a student of the Master’s in Public Policy at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy. Before life took her to Erfurt, she studied European Studies in The Netherlands and Czech Republic. Living and working abroad has been a challenge for her, but a supportive environment is vital for the success of the individual, and to enjoy both the challenge and the opportunities in foreign countries. Her research interest lies with European education policy, particularly how it strengthens or hinders migration and integration of students in their host cultures. Besides studying and working, Frederike has been involved in numerous international student conferences that dealt with the European migratory policy framework, among other issues of migration and integration. Studying with many international students who also consider the possibility of staying in Germany allows her to experience first hand how the bureaucracy of migration and integration in her home country is a burden. Because of this, and her strong will to make the lives of her friends easier, she is now involved with the organization of the Bridging Gaps conference. Frederike is a coordinator and deals with both content and logistics supporting the team wherever she can. 

Luis Tellez

Luis is a 28-year-old student at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy. He graduated from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico with a BA in Economics and studied Philosophy and Economics at the University of Bayreuth in Germany. He worked as a research assistant at El Colegio de Mexico, a higher education institution and social sciences research center, where he was part of the Center for Economic Studies and Center for Sociological Studies working on poverty measurement, labor discrimination and social policy. He also worked as researcher for Ollin Jovenes en Movimiento, A.C., a think tank researching on youth policy in Mexico, where he collaborated in two projects: the “National Index for Youth Participation 2014” and “Youth for Democracy ". He is interested in economic development, social policies, migration and the design of policies for integration.