Team & Contact

Bettina Luise Rürup

Executive Director


Bettina Luise Rürup is the Executive Director of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) office at the United Nations in New York. Associated with FES for more than 20 years Luise served as head of department at FES Headquarters in Berlin as well as at offices in Chile, India, Turkey as well as at the federal state level in Germany. Prior to joining FES she was involved with interdisciplinary field research on rural development in Costa Rica and Tanzania. Luise has published on a wide range of topics related to development, social justice and democracy. Luise earned a master’s degree in Political Sciences from the University of Hamburg (Germany) and an intermediate diploma in Political Sciences from the Free University of Berlin (Germany). She was enrolled with an DAAD exchange program at the L’Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo (Italy) and holds a postgraduate certificate from the Centre for Rural Development (SLE) at the Technical University of Berlin (Germany).

Jennifer Landt

Finance and Operations Manager


Jennifer Landt is the Finance and Operations Manager of the New York Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. She obtained a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Rostock in Germany. She is responsible for all operational and financial matters and is the leading hand in the organization of programs.

Sara Burke

Senior Policy Analyst


Sara Burke has been the senior expert in charge of global economic policy issues at FES New York office since 2008. Her work focuses on emerging policy frameworks of the global multilateral system, policy coherence among the international financial institutions and the United Nations, and the role of trade unions and other groups in civil society to hold corporations and governments accountable to international standards. She has published a number of papers on protests for economic and social rights, most recently "A World in Protest" for the Routledge book Food Rights Food Riots edited by Naomi Hossain and Patta Scott-Villiers.  Sara has a master’s degree from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree from Reed College.

Volker Lehmann, Ph.D.

Senior Policy Analyst


Volker Lehmann is a Senior Policy Analyst with the FES New York office. His work focuses on international peace and security issues, particularly with regards to the United Nations, and on the various aspects of reforming the UN. He previously worked as a consultant and journalist, and he was the editor of the journal “Biotechnology and Development Monitor” at the University of Amsterdam. He received a master’s degree in biology from the Free University of Berlin and a Ph.D. in political science from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Photos by Thomas Kummerow / arcfoto
Photos by Thomas Kummerow / arcfoto

Lennart Inklaar

Program Officer



Lennart Inklaar is a Program Officer at the FES New York office. At FES New York, he handles organizational and programmatic elements of a wide variety of projects and activities, including their preparation, implementation and follow-up. Lennart holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Groningen and a master’s degree in International Affairs from The New School in New York.


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The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) office in New York serves as a liaison between the United Nations, FES field offices and partners in developing countries to strengthen the voice of the Global South. more

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