10 "Had to be There" Moments
Do you Remember That Time…?
One of the most important aspects of the Hertie School community is its strong network of alumni, a total of 554 MPP and EMPM graduates, of whom the Hertie School is very proud to be associated with! Here, some of the MPP alumni from various cohorts take us on a walk down memory lane.
Pictured above are some members of the Class of 2009 and 2010 after one of their regular Friday night Basketball games - photo by Marcey Hoelting
Something to Celebrate1 / 10
Marcey Hoelting from the Class of 2010 remembers: "Graduation is a very special memory for me. I successfully finished the program, and my family all came to help celebrate. One of my favorite professors was Kai Wegrich, so I can’t help but include him here, especially since I have photos that document how surprised he was when they recognized his birthday at the reception! He was also quite the entertainer when speaking with my parents." From left to right in the photo you can see Marcey's father, Marcey, her mother, and Kai.
Marcey is currently based in Washington DC where she works as a Credit Risk Policy Analyst for the U.S. Department of the Treasury
Statistics Class With a Twist2 / 10
Debashree Roy from the Class of 2011 relays how she and her fellow students decided to revive the cabaret tradition at the Hertie School and sent out the invitation in a non-traditional way - via flashmob! "It was the last week of classes before the juniors were to start their exams. There was this eerie silence that ruled the corridors of the Hertie School the weeks before examinations. We had, however, set up a careful plan to disrupt this peace with a five-minute intervention in the last statistics class of the batch of 2012. Professor Mark Kayser was told that the class would be filmed for a video depicting a typical Hertie School class. Two days of practice, a tune to tap our feet to, a cooperative professor, and a class that forgot they had their exams... for those three minutes! And of course the cabaret that followed rocked as much as the ‘Jailhouse’ did!"
Debashree works as an Education Policy Advisor for the German Development Agency, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Frankfurt
Shaped for the Future3 / 10
“The Hertie School took a chance on me; shaped me; and introduced me to some of the most talented, wonderful people I have ever met,” Jamie Manzer from the Class of 2009 reminisces. “With fellow students, I traveled to Tallinn, London, Hamburg, Brussels, Slovakia, Prague, Vienna, Magdeburg, Poland, Switzerland, and beyond. I ran two marathons, drank Glühwein, played against the SPD in football, presented to RAND Corporation, partnered with the WHO, swam at Strandbad Wannsee, ate my share of Döner, sang Karaoke, and above all, earned my MPP. These experiences, the people, the education have changed me forever. I am a better person, student, and citizen of the world and I will forever embrace life’s moments thanks to lessons learned at the Hertie School. I am pictured here on the right at the Class of 2009 Graduation with my roommate and fearless thesis partner, David Gleicher.”
Jamie lives in Nebraska, USA, and is the Executive Director for the Spouse Abuse/Sexual Assault Crisis Center, Inc.
Make-up and Karaoke4 / 10
Who could ever forget the first time they wore eyeliner? Certainly not Bidjan Nashat from the Class of 2007! He remembers “the legendary 2007 Hertie School graduation cabaret where Svetlana Savitskaya, also from the Class of 2007, gave me my first ever eyeliner make-up treatment.” What Bidjan also misses about the Hertie School are “the Powerpoint-karaoke sessions during exam preparation.”
Based in Berlin, Bidjan is the Director, Programmes & Advocacy, for Save the Children Germany
Dinner With the Family5 / 10
Jen Beckermann from the Class of 2009 thinks back: “When I started my MPP at the Hertie School in Berlin in 2007, I knew only one person in the city, my cousin Catherine, who convinced me that if I moved to Berlin we would eat family dinners every Sunday. While the promise of family dinners on Sundays didn’t quite come true, I did enjoy many meals with a different family, my Hertie family. A group of us would regularly meet for dinners at a small Indian restaurant on Immanuelkirchstraße, and the owner eventually came to greet us by name as we gathered for cheap food and good conversations almost monthly. During my two years in Berlin I developed long lasting friendships and a network that would support me through many of life’s most important transitions and moments. We’ve stayed in touch because we are linked through a set of ideals that are grounded by our shared experience of our time at the Hertie School.” In the above collage that Jen created, you can recognize her as the smiling blond girl.
Currently in Toronto, Ontario, Jen is the Senior Project Manager at the Office of the Chief Commercial Officer, TELUS Communications Inc.
Horror in the Hallways6 / 10
Estefanía Terán Valdez from the Class of 2013 has a “frightening” Hertie School memory: “When we were writing our theses, some days we stayed at the Hertie School later than midnight. On one of those nights, once all the doors were locked, we decided to take a break and watch a horror movie in the red sofa room. In the middle of the movie´s tension, the Hertie School caretaker suddenly opened the door. We all turned around and shouted as if he was the killer. The poor man did not know what was going on and shouted louder than us. Despite plenty of ‘Entschuldings’, he asked us to leave the building.”
Estefania works as an Advisor at the Presidency of the Council of the Judiciary of Ecuador
Of Professors and Bicycles7 / 10
Behind every Hertie School professor there is an interesting story to tell that does not necessarily involve academia. Kaija Landsberg from the Class of 2007 tells us about what she has been up to since graduation and also relays a special Hertie School memory - a bike ride with Professor Claus Offe that also included former Hertie School professor, Ulrich Preuss.
Kaija is the founder of the German educational initiative, Teach First
Curiosity and Club Mate8 / 10
Adriana López Hernández from the Class of 2013 remembers that during her time at the Hertie School she felt like she was “surrounded by a delicious atmosphere lead by Hertie School students´ curiosity and energy. This energy has a spillover effects into many areas. Soon you are learning about beekeeping, about some other countries, participating in exciting debates, and writing essays for the GPPN.” She also lets us in on a little secret: Your most important tools at the Hertie School are “Club Mate and your readings!”
Adriana works in Mexico City as a consultant at the German Development Agency, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
A Mosaic of Memories9 / 10
“In May 2014 it will be five years since graduating from the Hertie School of Governance with a dual degree from Hertie and the London School of Economics,” says Christina Becker-Birck from the Class of 2009. I have increasingly come to appreciate how my graduate school experience has shaped my career pathway and understanding of the world. Most of all, the Hertie School provided me with a community of friends, sparring partners, and colleagues who I know that I can turn to for advice or a perspective that is guaranteed to be different than my own. Some of my favourite memories include the initial walking tour of Berlin during orientation, weekend parties, the Hertie School Christmas party, moments in the classroom, studying, our graduation weekend, and the talent show.” Here Christina is pictured on the far left celebrating with her fellow 2009 graduates.
Currently based in Boston in the USA, Christina is a Senior Consultant at Meister Consultants Group
Networked for Life10 / 10
Snezhina Kovacheva from the Class of 2011 says: “During my first year at the Hertie School, I experienced the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, while dealing with the governance challenges of countries in reform and transition in class. Many of my days on campus would be rounded off with presentations by the OECD, Transparency International, or Roland Berger, that really got me thinking about where I would like to fit into the big picture.” After a recent conference, Snezhina bumped into one of her former Hertie School professors. They ended up discussing EU policies over a coffee. “The Hertie School network is an integral part of my life.”
Snezhina works as a Junior Advisor at the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg