Jessica Berlin was formerly Visiting Fellow at GMF.

Her career has spanned more than 15 years in security, economic development, and tech, including work with civil society and media organizations in Rwanda, with the US Senate and Department of Defense, with Germany’s aid agency in Afghanistan, and with technology companies across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. 

Jessica’s commentary has been featured by DW News, the Washington Post, BBC World Service, Tagesspiegel, ZDF, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and Euronews among others. She is a frequent speaker at policy and business conferences around the world, and her TEDx on the transatlantic democratic crisis has been described as "one of the most powerful and inspiring TED talks.” She serves as vice chairman at pan-African fintech company :brij, as an Advisory Board member at the pan-European think tank Europa Nova, a Futurity Fellow at the BMW Foundation, and as a Global Governance Futures Fellow of the  Robert Bosch Foundation. She holds an M.Sc. in the political economy of emerging markets from King’s College London, a B.A. in international relations from Tufts University, and speaks five languages.

Media Mentions

Leading into this crisis Olaf Scholz's strategy seemed to be, do as little as possible as late as possible in order to not be caught out on the wrong side of history. But right now, his argument is Germany can’t go it alone. Germany can only act in lockstep with our allies. However, that argument is slowly starting to lose water because actually, our allies are doing a lot more.