Melanie Whittaker is a senior program officer in GMF’s Berlin office. In this capacity she works on Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives managing and implementing selection processes for various fellowship programs, the Alumni Leadership Action Projects, as well as the European alumni outreach. Previously, she worked on a broad spectrum of events for Berlin. Prior to joining GMF she held various managerial positions in the hotel industry in Germany, England, and the United States. Her expertise includes leadership, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, public diplomacy, transatlantic relations, and German politics. She obtained a bachelor of science in politics and international relations from the London School for Economics and Political Science. She also holds a certificate for human resources management and executive leadership from Cornell University. For the period of 2014-2018 she was selected as a lay judge at the Regional Court for Berlin. She is fluent in German and English.