Astrid Ziebarth is the director of GMF's Migration & Society Program, based in the organization's Berlin office. She coordinates program development in the areas of research, networking, and leadership development in immigration, integration, and diversity. She oversees the three signature projects of the program: 1) the Migration Strategy Group on Global Competitiveness, a high level platform for key stakeholders to exchange on designing coherent policies for the recruitment of talent also considering the development of the sending country; 2) Transatlantic Trends Immigration (TTI), a public opinion poll on migration and integration in Europe and the United States; and 3) the Transatlantic Forum on Migration and Integration (TFMI), a young leaders network for professionals working on immigration, integration, and diversity matters.
In the past, she coordinated GMF’s grantmaking initiative, the Transatlantic Study Team on Climate Induced Migration from 2009-11. Prior to joining GMF in September 2005, Ziebarth worked with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and the Goethe Institut in Washington, DC.
She holds a master's in American studies, sociology, and anthropology from the Free University Berlin with study visits at the Universiteit van Amsterdam and Emory University, Atlanta. She serves on the editing board of the journal “Migration and Development.” In her private capacity, Ziebarth serves as an active board member of DeutschPlus, a non-profit association aiming to close the representation gap of minorities in relevant institutions in Germany.