Director in Washington since 2014
Michael Meier is FES Representative to the U.S. and Canada. Prior to his current assignment, he was FES representative to Turkey for five years. Michael Meier also served as head of the Department for Western Europe and North America at FES headquarters in Berlin. From 1991 to 2003, he was resident representative of FES in Senegal, Ethiopia, and Botswana. Michael Meier is an expert on foreign and security policy in the MENA region, where he focused on Turkey’s role in the region, Turkey’s relations with the European Union and Israel in particular. He also acted as advisor to the coordination group on Turkey in the German Social Democratic Party (SPD), and he is the author of numerous articles on current policy trends in Turkey. Michael Meier holds a diploma in African sciences and economy from Leipzig University (Germany), and he attended a postgraduate training program at the German Development Institute (DIE) in Bonn. He is co-author of the book “Elections in Africa” (OUP, 1999).
Program Officer for Foreign- and Security Issues
Team member since 2005
Michael Czogalla is the Program Officer for Foreign- and Security Issues. He joined the Washington office of the FES in October 2004. He is originally from Magdeburg, Germany and received his M.A. in American Studies, Political Science, and German Studies focusing on international relations, the Eastern European Transformation, and cultural studies from Leipzig University, Germany. Michael Czogalla has taught German Studies at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and published the book: "Behind the Laughter," which looks at societal controversies, religious aspects and family values in U.S. popular culture. Michael is also a graduate of the Center for Digital Imaging Arts (CDIA) at Boston University, as well as General Assembly.
Program Officer for Econonimc and Social Issues
Team member since 2004
Knut Panknin is Program Officer and oversees the programs on Economic and Labor relations. He joined the FES as a Program Officer in June 2004. He received his M.A. in Political Science - focusing on U.S. foreign and domestic policy, Linguistics, and Philosophy from the Georg August University in Göttingen, Germany. Prior to his position at the FES, he worked in a European study program at the Center for European and North American Studies at the University of Göttingen.
Program Officer for Climate and Energy Issues and Congressional Liaison
Team member since 2010
Sebastian Ehreiser is Program Officer and oversees the programs on E3 - Energy, Environment, Economy. He joined the Washington office of the FES in September 2010. He completed his Master’s Degree in European Studies from the Center for European Integration Studies at the University of Bonn, where he focused on transatlantic energy policy and comparative advocacy techniques in the EU and the U.S. Sebastian previously received his Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and German from Wake Forest University, followed by a year in Leipzig, Germany as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant.
Team member since 2002
Monika Parson is the Financial Officer at the Washington Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. She joined the FES as Financial Officer in December 2002. Previously, she has worked for the Marsh McLennan Companies in Washington, DC. Prior to coming to the United States, she has worked for the state government of North Rhine Westphalia in Düsseldorf for eleven years. Monika has also lived and worked in cities such as Tokyo, Stockholm, and London for several years.