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Johannes B., Policy Officer

I am a fundamental rights expert and historian by training. I have been working for the European Commission since 2015, previously as Deputy Coordinator on combating Antisemitism and now as manager for funding programmes on EU values, fundamental rights and European remembrance.

I started my career in DG Education and Culture in the office of the Deputy Director-General. During my 6 years in the European Commission, I have worked in several different departments such as the Youth Policy Unit in DG EAC and the Asylum Policy Unit in DG HOME.

My job is very varied, ranging from presenting EU funding to civil society organisations and ministries, to shaping new funding mechanisms to support the work on combating racism, discrimination and antisemitism, to ensuring close alignment between our policy priorities on equality with the support we can give to stakeholders.

During my graduate degree in Jewish history at the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, I spent an academic year as a fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I also hold a Master’s in European Studies from the College of Europe in Warsaw (Natolin). I am active in the largest pro-European youth movement, the Young European Federalists, formerly as the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee. I am an alumnus of the American Council on Germany’s Young Leaders’ Conference and contribute to their working group on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.