2018 Fellows

The TDD 2018 fellows will come together for two dialogue sessions in Germany and the US to debate the challenges that arise from the digital transformation of our societies. TDD 2018 is the third cohort of the Transatlantic Digital Debates. Learn about the previous cohorts

Rhianon Anderson works in program operations for Girls Who Code, an American nonprofit whose mission is to close the gender gap in the technology sector. Prior to her work with Girls Who Code, she served as the first executive director of the Congressional App Challenge (CAC), a nationwide congressional initiative. As director of the CAC, she worked with Members of Congress to host coding competitions across the country, encouraging students – frequently from backgrounds which are historically underrepresented in the sector – to pursue computer science skills. She is a fellow in the Internet Law and Policy Foundry and regularly volunteers with Run For Something, a nonprofit that supports political engagement in local elections. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she specialized in technology policy and a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of California, San Diego.

Varoon Bashyakarla is a data scientist at the Tactical Technology Collective, a Berlin-based NGO that works globally at the intersection of activism and technology. For the past year, he has been studying how personal data is becoming a political asset, influencing elections and referenda. His team has partnered with researchers and journalists in over a dozen countries in the process. Previously, he worked as a data scientist at Wealthfront, where he managed experiments across the company, and at Dropbox, where he helped preempt cyberattacks and supported the launch of a new office. He was also a fellow of the inaugural Eric and Wendy Schmidt Data Sciences for Social Good Fellowship. He received his bachelor’s degree in statistics and economics from Yale University and studied abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Timothy Blute serves as director for the National Governors Association (NGA) Future office, where he assists and advises governors and state officials on how emerging technologies will impact government and state economies. This includes identifying the opportunities and challenges associated with technological innovation. Previously, he served as program director for the NGA Center for Best Practices’ Homeland Security and Public Safety Division. He focused on cybersecurity, public safety communications and information sharing. Prior to joining NGA, he was an intelligence analyst in the Counterterrorism Division of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), detailed to the Office of the General Counsel at the National Security Law Branch, and an intern for the US Department of the Treasury. He holds a Juris Doctor from the American University Washington College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from the George Washington University.



Isabelle Buscke is team leader in the Brussels Representation Office of the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband e.V.) where she is in charge of the organization’s advocacy work directed at EU institutions. In this capacity, she is a member of the European Consumer Consultative Group, an advisory group to the European Commission. The focus of her work lies on the digital transformation of different consumer markets. Prior to working for VZBV, she advised corporate, non-profit and public sector clients on EU policies. She holds a master’s degree in political science and French philology from Albert-Ludwig-University in Freiburg, Germany.



Hanna Drimalla is a computer scientist and research fellow at the Digital Health Center of the Hasso-Plattner Institute at the University of Potsdam. Her current research focuses on using machine learning technologies to predict and prevent psychological and medical crisis. In the context of her doctoral thesis work, she has been investigating human social interactions using psychological, physiological, and computational methods at Humboldt University in Berlin. In addition to her academic career, she has worked as a freelance science journalist for various magazines and as a data science volunteer for Kiron Open Higher Education GmbH. Hanna holds a master’s degree in psychology from the Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany and a second master’s degree in computational science from the University of Potsdam. She also studied abroad at the University of Salamanca. During her studies, Hanna received a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation.



Thomas Fehrmann is a speech writer and planner to the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. He previously worked as a strategy consulting executive and engagement manager with Accenture, and as a policy consultant, university lecturer and executive assistant to the CEO at an academic think tank; both in Berlin. His work covers topics ranging from digital government to cyber defence, and from science diplomacy to the re-design of a defence policy planning process. He holds a doctorate in politics – specifically EU-ASEAN-MERCOSUR relations – from the Free University of Berlin, with research at Princeton University, as well as a master’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University and a master’s degree in international relations from the Free & Humboldt Universities of Berlin. He received scholarships from the German National Academic Foundation and held fellowships at the Young Königswinter as well as the Economic Königswinter Conferences.



Clare Garvie is an associate with the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law. She was a co-author and the lead researcher on The Perpetual Line-Up: Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America, a report that examines the widespread use of face recognition systems by state and local police and its consequences for privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties. Her current research focuses on the use of face recognition-derived evidence in criminal cases. Clare serves as an informational resource to public defenders, advocates, and journalists. Previously, she worked on human rights and international criminal law with the International Center for Transitional Justice. During her legal studies, she worked with the US Department of State in the Legal Adviser’s Offices of Nonproliferation and Arms Control and East Asian and Pacific Affairs. She received her Juris Doctor from Georgetown Law and her bachelor’s degree from Barnard College.



Sandro Gianella is responsible for Stripe’s engagement on public policy issues across Europe and works closely with the company’s leadership team to develop the strategy and outreach. Before joining Stripe in 2017, he worked as a policy manager for Google, where he dealt with a wide range of issues, spanning from economic impact and entrepreneurship to privacy and security. He previously worked for both the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Canadian Foreign Office, and was engaged with the G20 Research Group. He was selected as a Young Leader of the Atlantik-Brücke in 2016 and is a recipient of the Hutton Essay Prize for his paper on "Gorbachev’s New Thinking in the International System". He holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and political science, graduating with honors from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in public policy from the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin.



Hina Gir is a special assistant to the US National Security Advisor, currently Ambassador John Bolton and formerly General H.R. McMaster. Before joining the West Wing of the White House, she was the special assistant for cybersecurity policy at the National Security Council for 14 months and transitioned from the Obama administration to the Trump administration in this role. She joined the US Federal workforce after graduating with a master’s degree in terrorism and security policy from American University. While earning her master’s degree, she was selected as a finalist for the Presidential Management Fellows program and subsequently appointed by the Department of Homeland Security for a two-year term.



Trey Herr is a senior security strategist with Microsoft. He works on cloud computing security and policy with the Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy team. Prior to working at Microsoft, he was a fellow with the Belfer Cyber Security Project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. His research focused on trends in state-developed malicious software, the structure of criminal markets for malware components, and the proliferation of malware. Trey is co-editor of Cyber Insecurity — Navigating the Perils of the Next Information Age, an edited volume on cybersecurity policy, and spent three years as a non-resident fellow with New America's Cybersecurity Initiative. He holds a PhD in political science from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in theatre and political science from Northwestern University.



Michael Kaemingk is an associate advisor at the New York office of the Behavioral Insights Team (BIT). His research focuses on applying behavioral science to improve the effectiveness of government policy and international development programs for clients such as the International Rescue Committee and Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities program. Before BIT, he co-founded Scout.ai, which publishes reporting and science fiction that anticipates the societal implications of technological change, identifying critical issues before widespread public awareness of their importance. Prior to Scout, he worked for a microfinance NGO in Ghana and provided executive search consulting services for nonprofits and foundations. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Seattle University.



Manuel Kilian is a senior project manager at Axel Springer hy, a young firm that supports organisations in their digitisation efforts. He leads projects focusing on venture capital and digital strategy design. Prior to joining Axel Springer hy, he served as senior manager to the President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), Germany’s biggest economic lobby group, and gained working experience at the Foresight Unit of the UK Cabinet Office. Recently, Manuel started the non-profit initiative Netzwerk Technologie & Gesellschaft, a network for individuals with an interest in the intersection of technology and society. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from Cambridge University and a bachelor’s degree in European studies from Maastricht University. He studied abroad at SciencesPo Paris.



Brian Larkin is the director of cloud policy at Internet Association (IA). Prior to joining IA, he was a Brookings Institution fellow with the US Senate Committee on Finance. He worked on a wide array of trade issues for the committee, including many affecting the global digital economy. He previously served as a senior policy advisor on digital services at the US Department of Commerce. In this capacity, he drove policy development on key trade matters, advised principals on the technology sector, and routinely engaged with foreign officials. He also produced the department’s first-ever report on the global cloud computing sector and participated in e-commerce and telecommunications negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Villanova University, Pennsylvania, and his master’s degree from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.



Marc Lendermann is a policy officer at the German Federal Chancellery. Prior to this, he worked with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany’s mission to the EU and the University of Potsdam. Whilst a legal clerk, he worked for the German Foreign Office and the law firm Freshfields. Within an executive master’s program at the French École Nationale d'Administration, he focused on digital policy issues and spent some months at the French embassy in Washington, DC, where he had the opportunity to deal with transatlantic issues regarding the digital economy. He is qualified as a lawyer in Germany and holds law degrees including a master’s degree in business law from the University of Paris II as well as a PhD in law from the Sorbonne in Paris and the University of Bonn. During his studies, he received a scholarship from the Foundation of German Business.



Philipp Marten is a project leader with Berlin-based Panke Consulting, where he advises clients on strategic communication and corporate affairs in non-routine situations, mainly in the technology and public sector. His previous experiences include positions as Global Operations Manager with a management consulting company, where he supported UN organizations in their managerial excellence, as well as research assistant positions with two think tanks in The Hague and Berlin. He holds master’s degrees from the University of Edinburgh and Jacobs University Bremen, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Osnabrück. He studied abroad at the Free University in Brussels.

Franziska Raspe is heads the public policy department at Bitkom, the German Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media. She is in charge of coordinating the international, European, national and federal state-level political outreach, political communication, as well as projects and events of the business association on the full spectrum of digital policy issues. Prior to her engagement at Bitkom, Franziska worked with the head of the German conservative members of the European Parliament, Mr Herbert Reul MEP, advising on industrial, telecommunications, and international trade policy. She also previously had brief stints at a political communications consultancy, Volkswagen’s Brussels Office, and the European Commission/DG Enlargement. She holds a master’s degree in European public policy from King’s College London and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. She spent a semester abroad at Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey.



Matthias Schulze is an associate in the security division of Stiftung Wissenschaft & Politik, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. He is a cyber-security policy expert advising the German federal government and the Bundestag on cyber-conflict dynamics, encryption, state-hacking and vulnerability disclosure. Prior to this position, he was a researcher and doctoral candidate at the International Relations Department at Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena, Germany. He defended his doctoral thesis "From Cyber-Utopia to Cyber-War" in August 2017 with magna cum laude. During his studies, he received a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service for a research visit to the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto. He holds a master’s degree in political science, sociology and philosophy and studied abroad at Dalarna University in Sweden.



Josephine Wolff is an assistant professor in the public policy and computing security departments at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a fellow at the New America Cybersecurity Initiative. Her research interests include cybersecurity law and policy, economics of information security, security metrics, incident reporting models, and insurance and liability protection for computer security incidents. Her book "You'll see this message when it is too late": The Legal and Economic Aftermath of Cybersecurity Breaches will be published by MIT Press in November 2018. Her writing on cybersecurity has appeared in Slate, The Atlantic, Wired, The New Republic, the London Review of Books, and Scientific American. She holds a PhD in engineering systems, a master’s degree in technology and policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Princeton University.