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Who we are

Linda Hewitt – Communications and Events Manager

Linda Hewitt is the Communications and Events Manager at the Jacques Delors Centre. She is in charge of the Centre’s overall communication, events organisation, press relations, website and social media activities. Previously she worked in the field of political communication at Stiftung Mercator and as a project manager in the field of integration. She studied B.A. Arabic Studies at the Free University in Berlin and Lebanese American University in Beirut and holds a M.A. Middle Eastern Studies from Lund University in Sweden. There she specialized in the topics: Islam and democracy in Germany, Muslim minority groups in Germany and homosexuality in Islam.

Dr. Yann Wernert – Policy Fellow

Yann Wernert is a Policy Fellow at the Jacques Delors Centre and works on Franco-German relations. He studied political science and history at the universities of Potsdam and Koblenz-Landau and wrote his PhD thesis in political science at Potsdam University with a focus on international relations. He has dual Franco-German citizenship and lived for 15 years in France.

Yann Wernert is currently on parental leave.

Laura Naima Kabelka – Press and Public Relations Officer

Laura Naima Kabelka is the press and public relations officer at the Jacques Delors Centre. She oversees the Centre’s press relations, website and social media activities. Previously, Laura worked as a journalist for digital topics and EU policies at EURACTIV, moderated events with a focus on cybersecurity, and worked in communications and projects at the European Federation of Journalists in Brussels. She holds an Erasmus Mundus MA in Journalism, Media and Globalisation from Aarhus University/DMJX, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and the University of Hamburg, with a specialisation in media across cultures.

Claire Sturm – Assistant Administration

Claire Sturm is an Assistant Administration and Events for the Pariser Platz Dialogue Series at the Jacques Delors Centre, which is financed by the Federal Foreign Office. Prior to joining the Centre, she was a project manager and quality researcher at the International Visegrad Fund in Bratislava, Slovakia, an events manager at the World Bank, and also managed an election observation mission in Haiti. She holds an M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. from Oberlin College.

Frances Klatt – Associate Media, Events and Outreach

Frances Klatt is part of the Jacques Delors Centre’s communications team, responsible for media relations, event organisation, and external outreach. Frances holds a Master of International Affairs from the Hertie School with a specialisation in European Governance and a BA in International Relations from the University of Puget Sound. Her previous academic work has focused on democratisation, trade, and EU external relations. Prior to joining the Jacques Delors Centre, Frances received a Fulbright award to teach English in Germany and completed an internship at the German Bundestag. 

Romy Hansum – Policy Associate

Romy Hansum is a PhD candidate at Hertie School’s Jacques Delors Centre. Her doctoral research explores the political distribution of EU funds across regions and thematic priorities. Her research is supported by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. Romy’s research interests include EU social and economic policies as well as national welfare systems. She holds a Bachelor of Politics and Public Administration from University of Konstanz and a Master of Political Science and European Affairs from Sciences Po Paris and Freie Universität Berlin. Prior to joining the Hertie School, Romy worked as a policy officer for the Ministry of Social Affairs Baden-Württemberg.

Tanguy Balcon – Student Assistant

Tanguy Balcon serves as a research assistant at the Jacques Delors Centre, where he assists the events and communication team. Alongside his role, he is pursuing a Master of Public Policy at the Hertie School, with a particular interest in EU environmental and agricultural policies. He previously earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political and Social Sciences from Sciences Po Bordeaux. His main working languages are French and English.