Katrin Kinzelbach

Katrin Kinzelbach

Associate Director


Katrin Kinzelbach is associate director of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, where her ongoing research focuses on political persecution. She also teaches at Central European University in Budapest, where she is a visiting professor at the School of Public Policy. In 2015, she was selected as a human rights expert for the German Advisory Board for Civilian Crisis Prevention.

Prior to joining GPPi, Katrin worked at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights. During this time, she completed a PhD at the University of Vienna on European human rights diplomacy vis-à-vis China. For her dissertation she received the Körber Foundation’s Deutscher Studienpreis, which honors outstanding PhD research of particular value to society.

From 2001 to 2007, Katrin was a staff member of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She initially worked in the Afghanistan Taskforce, then joined the UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, and finally served as project manager in UNDP’s Regional Centre in Bratislava. In this capacity, she focused on democratic governance and security sector reform. Prior to that, Katrin briefly worked for the UN’s Refugee Agency in Geneva, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Croatia, and the OSCE in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1998).

Katrin studied at the Universities of Bonn and Florence, as well as King’s College London. She received scholarships from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German National Academic Foundation, the Haniel Foundation and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. Currently, she is a Schumpeter Fellow of the Volkswagen Foundation, and was a visiting fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 2016.

Languages: German, English, Italian, French, Mandarin

Recent Publications

Commentary 24 January 2017

Without Democracy, No Human Rights and No Peace

by Katrin Kinzelbach

Article 21 November 2016

German Human Rights Policy in a Multipolar World

by Katrin Kinzelbach, Garima Mohan
Amnesty International Netherlands

Commentary 05 April 2016

China’s White Paper on Human Rights

by Katrin Kinzelbach

Policy Paper 14 December 2015

Can Shaming Promote Human Rights?

by Katrin Kinzelbach, Julian Lehmann
European Liberal Forum

Article 01 October 2015

Book Review: China’s Human Rights Lawyers

by Katrin Kinzelbach
The China Quarterly, 223

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