TAPS 2015 Panel Bios


Keynote Speakers

David O'SullivanAmbassador David O’Sullivan, EU Ambassador to the U.S., Delegation of the European Union to the United States.

Prior to arriving in the United States, David O’Sullivan served as the Chief Operating Officer of the European External Action Service. The EEAS supports the High Representative/Vice President of the European Commission, in fulfilling her mandate to ensure the consistency of the Union’s external action. The EEAS also assists the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission in the area of external relations.

David O’Sullivan was Director General for Trade from 2005 to 2010. Previously he was Secretary General of the European Commission from June 2000 to November 2005, Head of Cabinet of Commission President Romano Prodi and Director General for Education and Training.  He started his career in the Irish Foreign Ministry and spent four years in the Commission Delegation in Tokyo.   He also has extensive experience in EU social and employment policy. David O’Sullivan has a background in economics, graduating from Trinity College, Dublin and having completed post graduate studies at the College of Europe, Bruges.   He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Dublin Institute of Technology.  He is also a Member of the Consultative Board of the Institute for International Integration Studies at Trinity College, Dublin.  He is a visiting Professor at the European College of Parma and was awarded Alumnus of the Year 2013 by the College of Europe, Bruges.  In June 2014, David O’Sullivan was awarded the EU Transatlantic Business Award by the American Chamber of Commerce. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from his Alma mater Trinity College, Dublin in December, 2014.

He is married with two children.

More information about Ambassador David O’Sullivan is available from the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.

Philipp AckermannDr. Philipp Ackermann, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Dr. Philipp Ackermann joined the German Foreign Service after he received a Ph.D. in art history from Bonn University. He currently serves as the Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission of the German Embassy in Washington, DC. Previously he headed the Task Force Afghanistan/Pakistan for the German Foreign Office in Berlin. Among other appointments, Dr. Ackermann has served at the German Embassy in Rabat, Morocco, at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations in New York, and became the principal speechwriter to former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier from 2002 to 2006. Dr. Ackermann accepted a civilian assignment as head of the German PRT in Kunduz, Afghanistan, from 2006 to 2007, and later oversaw the Political Department of the German Embassy in New Delhi, India, from 2007 to 2010.

More information about Dr. Philipp Ackermann is available from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.


Expert Panelists

Susan AaronsonDr. Susan Aaronson, Research Professor, The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs

Dr. Susan Ariel Aaronson is Research Professor at The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs and the former Minerva Chair at the National War College.  She directs a project funded by the US Army on repression, civil conflict, and leadership tenure.  Aaronson also directs a fellowship fund for students working on internet issues, the eBay Policy Scholars, and organizes seminar series on Internet issues.  Her current research focuses on WTO membership and conflict; repression, civil conflict and socio-economic outcomes; and on how trade agreements affect digital rights and Internet governance.  Dr. Aaronson is a frequent speaker on public understanding of globalization issues and international economic developments. She was a regular commentator on "All Things Considered" in 1994–1995, "Marketplace" from 1995–1998, and "Morning Edition" from 1998-2001. She has also appeared on CNN, the BBC, and PBS to discuss trade and globalization issues. Aaronson was a Guest Scholar in Economics at the Brookings Institution (1995–1999); and a Research Fellow at the World Trade Institute 2008-2012.  Aaronson is the author of six books and numerous articles on trade, human rights, internet governance, and other issues related to globalization.

More information about Dr. Aaronson is available at the Elliott School of International Affairs.

Andreas BrunsgaardAndreas Brunsgaard, Director for the United States, Danish Confederation of Industry

Andreas Brunsgaard currently serves as the Director for US Affairs with the Danish Confederation of Industry (DI).  He has also served as Senior Advisor for European Affairs with DI in Brussels as well as a Political Advisor while in Copenhagen.  Mr. Brunsgaard holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Copenhagen in political science and governance in addition to a BA in political science from the University of California, San Diego.


Dan HamiltonDr. Dan Hamilton, Executive Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Daniel S. Hamilton is the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor and Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University.  He also serves as Executive Director of the American Consortium for EU Studies, designated by the European Commission as the EU Center of Excellence Washington, DC.  Dr. Hamilton has held a variety of senior positions in the U.S. Department of State, including Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs, responsible for NATO, OSCE and transatlantic security issues, Nordic-Baltic and Balkan Affairs.  He has been presented with Germany’s Federal Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz); France’s Palmes Academiques; Sweden’s Knighthood of the Royal Order of the Polar Star; the Transatlantic Business Award 2006 from the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union, and the Transatlantic Leadership Award 2007 from the European-American Business Council. He holds the State Department’s Superior Honor Award. He has a Ph.D. and M.A. with distinction from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and an honorary doctorate from Concordia College. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

More information about Dr. Hamilton is available from the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS website.

Sir Michael LeighSir Michael Leigh, Transatlantic Academy Fellow and Senior Advisor, German Marshall Fund

Sir Michael Leigh is a Transatlantic Academy Fellow, consultant and senior advisor to GMF. He focuses on European Neighborhood Policy, Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East as well as the future of the EU. He runs a program at GMF on the implications of the gas discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean. In 2006, Leigh became director-general for enlargement with the European Commission after serving for three years as external relations deputy director-general with responsibility for European Neighborhood Policy, relations with Eastern Europe, Southern Caucasus, Central Asia, Middle East, and the Mediterranean countries. He began his current role after more than 30 years in EU institutions, including as a cabinet member for various commissioners and as director in the Task Force for the EU Accession Negotiations. He began his career as assistant professor of international relations at Johns Hopkins University and lecturer in international relations at the University of Sussex.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, politics, and economics from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in political science from MIT.

More information about Sir Michael Leigh is available from the German Marshall Fund US.

Garrett WorkmanGarrett Workman, Associate Director, Global Business and Economics Program, Atlantic Council

Garrett Workman is the associate director of the Atlantic Council’s Global Business and Economics Program. He is also the managing editor of the Council’s TTIP Action email alert and blog.  Previously Garrett worked in both US domestic politics and international relations in the United States Senate in the office of Senator Jon Kyl, and with Atlantic Partnership conducting congressional outreach and organizing events to strengthen transatlantic political and economic ties.  Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Garrett earned a master’s in transatlantic studies from the University of North Carolina and l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris in December 2009. He also received his BA summa cum laude in political science from the University of Arizona in 2008.

More information about Garrett Workman is available from the Atlantic Council.


Dr. Eric Langenbacher, Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of Honors Program, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service

Eric Langenbacher is a Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of the Senior Honors Program in the Department of Government, Georgetown University, where he teaches courses on comparative politics, political culture and political films. He studied in Canada before starting graduate work in the Government Department and Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown in 1996. He was awarded a Fulbright grant in 1999-2000 and held the Ernst Reuter Fellowship at the Free University of Berlin in 1999-2000, the Hopper Memorial Fellowship at Georgetown in 2000-2001, and was selected School of Foreign Service faculty member of the year by the 2009 graduating class. He has been teaching in the Government Department since Fall 2002, and also has taught at George Washington University and in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His dissertation,“Memory Regimes and Political Culture in Contemporary Germany,” was defended with distinction in September 2002. His research interests center on political culture, collective memory, political institutions, public opinion and German and European politics. He has published in German Politics and Society, German Politics, The Canadian Journal of Political Science, The International Journal of Politics and Ethics and in several edited volumes. He has also planned and run dozens of short programs on various aspects of U.S. politics, society and business for groups from abroad.

Student Panelists

Mariusz Bobrowski

Mariusz Bobrowski, University of Silesia

Mr. Bobrowski has an academic background in social sciences, business, and law. He holds an M.A. in History from the University of Silesia, Poland, a postgraduate diploma in Business Administration (from Warsaw School of Economics) and LLB (Hons) in English law from the University of Huddersfield. He is currently pursuing a Ph. D. in comparative law at the University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland. His research interests include the freedom of contracts in contemporary legal systems, company law, intellectual property law, and comparative analysis of constitutional systems. Mr. Bobrowski is the founder of translators-in-law, an initiative promoting quality legal translation.

Read Mariusz's paper, "Some notes on pre-TTIP political marketing and post-TTIP legal compliance."

William FleesonWilliam Fleeson, Georgetown University

Mr. Fleeson is a graduate student in the German and European Studies (MAGES) program within the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His previous work combines academic and practitioner experience in the fields of communications and public diplomacy. Prior to attending Georgetown, Mr. Fleeson worked as Managing Editor of Publications at the Embassy of France in Washington, where he oversaw the production of English-language print and web content and social media. He holds a Master of Arts in French Cultural Studies from Columbia University, completed at that institution’s Reid Hall campus in Paris, France.

Read Will's paper, "Transatlantic Engagement for European Energy Security: What Can the European Union and the United States Do Together?"

Katharina-Luise KittlerKatharina-Luise Kittler, Leipzig University

Ms. Kittler is a Masters candidate in American Studies at Leipzig University, focusing on American and German foreign politics. She also works as an independent writer. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, she completed a B.A. in American Studies at Leipzig University, which culminated in a thesis focusing on the NSA scandal and its coverage in American and German newspapers. Ms. Kittler has interned with the German Bundestag. She is also a member of the Journalism School of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Young Transatlantic Initiative.

Read Katharina-Luise's paper, "The Impacts of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership on the Agricultural Sector: How to Compromise on GMOs."

Mathilde LebrandMathilde Lebrand, European University Institute

Ms. Lebrand is a PhD candidate in Economics at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She is currently finishing her thesis at the Université Libre de Bruxelles as a member of the Dissettle network, a project funded by the European Commission to promote research on trade agreements. Her research focuses on the impact of institutions on trade and the political economy of trade agreements. Before starting her PhD, Ms. Lebrand graduated from ENSAE and Paris School of Economics. She has been a visiting PhD student at UC Berkeley, and a lecturer in Economics of International Trade at the University of Montreal. She has previously spent time at the WTO in Geneva.

Read Mathilde's paper, "FDI agreements and foreign lobbying."

Lars MehwaldLars Mehwald, Hertie School of Governance

Mr. Mehwald studies Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, where he specializes in quantitative policy analysis and political economy. He holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the Technical University Dresden, where he specialized in the field of international law and international economics. He spent a semester abroad at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain, focusing on international economics. Mr. Mehwald has interned at the German Federal Foreign Office and at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations in the department for disarmament and arms control.


Read Lars' paper, "TTIP – a foundation for the transatlantic relations in the 21st century?"



June ParkJune Park, Boston University

Ms. Park is a Fulbright Fellow and PhD Candidate in Political Science at Boston University. She is also an Asia Studies Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington and a visiting scholar at the George Mason University Korean Studies Center. She earned her B.A. (2005) and M.A. (2007) in Political Science from Korea University in her native South Korea. In 2014, Ms. Park was a Summer Doctoral Fellow at the Center for International Business Education and Research at the School of Business at George Washington University. Following her residency at the East-West Center, she will act as a visiting scholar at the APSA Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs.

Read June's paper, "Shifting Away from the WTO? Intellectual Property in the TPP and the TTIP."

Jacob SchrotJacob Schrot, Humboldt University; University of North Carolina

Mr. Schrot is a graduate student in Transatlantic Relations at the European Centers of Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Humboldt- University Berlin. His research interests include the geopolitical implications of free trade agreements, transatlantic relations, hegemony stability theory and great power transformation. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Dresden University, writing his thesis on neoconservative foreign policy in relation to perpetual peace theory. Mr. Schrot also founded the Young Transatlantic Initiative (YTI), a non-governmental organization which seeks to foster European-American cooperation among the younger generations on both sides of the Atlantic.

Read Jacob's paper, "Policy Memorandum: TTIP, Geopolitics and Public Opinion: A Strategic Agenda."

Marc VenhausMarc Venhaus, Freie Universität Berlin

Mr. Venhaus is a PhD-candidate at the Graduate School of Global Politics (GSGP) of Freie Universität Berlin & Fudan University Shanghai and is currently employed as a Research Associate at the Berlin House of Representatives. He holds a MA in Politics, Economics & History (University of Münster) as well as a MA in International Political Economy (University of York) and specializes in global political economy and global politics with a focus on finance, trade, and migration. He is a co-founder of the Berlin Forum on Global Politics (BFoGP), a Berlin-based international and progressively oriented platform that aims to promote open knowledge on global political matters.

Read Marc's paper, "An Unequal Treaty: TTIP and Inequality in Europe."