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Fellowships Awarded in 2019

In 2019, the American Council on Germany awarded fellowships to the following individuals to complete research on timely topics:

Martin Sebastian-Abel
Specialist for Public Affairs and Representative of Berlin
NRW.BANK
Research Topic: “The Impact of (Fossil Fuel) Divestment on Banking”
DZ BANK Fellowship for Transatlantic Business and Finance

Varoon Bashyankarla
Data Scientist
Tactical Technology Collective
Research Topic: “Data as a Liability: The Future of Cybersecurity Insurance and its Transatlantic Implications”
McCloy Fellowship on Global Trends

Sonja Gillert
Editor, Foreign Desk
Die Welt
Research Topic: “On the Front Lines of a Divided Country”
Kellen Fellowship for Berlin-based Journalist

Manka Heise
Producer and Editor
ZDF, German Broadcast Television
Research topic: “How Does Political Journalism Fit into the Current Media Landscape?”
Kellen Fellowship for Berlin-based Journalists

Michael Laha
Program Officer
Asia Society, Center on U.S.-China Relations
Research Topic: “Technology Transfer, Innovation, and a Rising China: Elucidating a Role for the Transatlantic Relationship”
McCloy Fellowship on Global Trends

Chuck McShane
Vice President of Research
Charlotte Regional Business Alliance
Research Topic: “Small-Town Economies in the Developed World”
McCloy Fellowship on Global Trends

Nikolas Noetzel
Co-Founder
Karlsson Health
Research Topic: “The Innovation Funding Gap – How Can We Improve the Relationship of German Startups and American Venture Capital Regarding Follow-on Capital Access?”
DZ BANK Fellowship for Transatlantic Business and Finance

Elia Panskus
Press Spokesperson
Ekin Deligöz, Member of the German Bundestag (Greens)
Research Topic: “Social Media – A Tool to Empower Minorities in the American Political Power Structures?”
Duisberg Fellowship for Young German Transatlanticists

Sarah Sieloff
Executive Director
Center for Creative Land Recylcing
Research Topic: “Facilitating German-American Exchange through Land Reuse”
McCloy Fellowship on Global Trends

Elena Souris
Research Associate
New America
Research Topic: “Lessons from Leipzig: Municipal Government Models for Supporting Civic Engagement”
McCloy Fellowship on Global Trends

Julian Wettengel
Correspondent
Clean Energy Wire
Research topic: “Natural Gas: Fix for Transatlantic Relations or Recipe for Right?”
Kellen Fellowship for Berlin-based Journalists