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 25 years, Luise served as head of department at FES Headquarters in Berlin as well as at offices in Chile, India, Turkey and Thuringia, 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.

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 is the senior expert in charge of global economic policy issues at FES New York. Since 2008 her work has focused on economic policy frameworks in international financial institutions and 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 economic and social rights, most recently "A World in Protest" for the Routledge book Food Rights Food Riots. She received 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 activities and publications focus on the role of the UN in international peace and security, on the nexus of peace and development, and on the various aspects of reforming the UN. He was involved in global governance reform initiatives such as the Albright-Gambari Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance. For this commission’s follow-up book Just Security in an Undergoverned World, published by Oxford, he contributed "Natural Resources, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, and Global Governance." 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 Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) New York office. He handles the office's outreach and communications as well as organizational and programmatic elements of a wide variety of FES projects and activities, including preparation, implementation and follow-up. Lennart holds a master's degree in International Affairs from The New School in New York and a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Groningen.


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Our Mission in New York

Our Mission in New York

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.

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