Joel Sandhu

Joel Sandhu

Project Manager

Joel Sandhu is a project manager at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, where he runs the Global Governance Futures program and leads GPPi’s work on rising powers. His research interests focus on EU-China and EU-India relations, China’s nuclear non-proliferation policy, India’s foreign and security policy, and the role of rising powers in global governance. Born in Hong Kong to Indian parents, Joel is a British citizen who has lived in a number of countries and continents. During this time, he developed a passion for intercultural communication and a professional interest in facilitating intercultural dialogues.

Before joining GPPi, Joel worked with the London-based Policy Network as part of the globalization and social justice research team focusing on the EU’s role in economic globalization. He has written a number of online publications about trade issues between the EU and China; social inequalities and dysfunctional societies; and global economic governance. His commentary has been featured in the World Politics Review, the EU Observer, Global Policy, The Statesman, Pragati and the Lisbon India Monitor, among others.

Previously, Joel served as a research specialist on US-Soviet Union Cold War relations in the office of the former speaker of the US House of Representatives, Jim Wright. He also worked with Sister Cities International US, a non-profit citizen diplomacy network.

A speaker of eight languages, Joel holds a master’s degree in international relations and international law from the University of Sussex in the UK. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from Texas Christian University, where he was on the dean’s honor list for academic excellence. 

Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, Punjabi, Cantonese, Mandarin, German

Recent Publications

Commentary 19 December 2016

The Islamic State in South Asia: A Growing Threat

by Aryaman Bhatnagar, Joel Sandhu
Global Policy

Commentary 19 December 2016

Ein Ausweg aus Hongkongs politischer Krise

by Joel Sandhu
Frankfurter Rundschau

Commentary 29 November 2016

Localists Should Fight to Protect Hong Kong’s Autonomy, Not Seek Independence

by Joel Sandhu
South China Morning Post

Commentary 09 November 2016

Hong Kongers, Be Honest About Your Independence

by Joel Sandhu

Global Governance Futures 14 June 2016

Beyond Strategic Planning: Global Governance Futures

by Johannes Gabriel, Joel Sandhu
Global Policy

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