10 MPP Alumni Reunion Highlights
Big in Berlin
It was a whopper of an MPP Alumni Reunion (the biggest yet!), with nearly 300 MPP alumni from all over the world meeting in Berlin on the occasion of the Hertie School’s 10th Anniversary. Catching up, discussions, debates, networking , and of course loads of fun – it all happened from 24 – 26 May 2014! Click through the slide show to see some of the many Reunion highlights.
Photo: "Posing like alumni" at the Reunion Sunday Brunch.
Familiar Faces1 / 10
There was quite a buzz as the alumni gathered for the first Reunion event on 24 May at the Hertie School – many alumni saw their old classmates for the first time in many years, and Hertie School Dean, Professor Helmut Anheier, welcomed them back to Berlin and back to the School.
Photo: The Class of 2011 were at the Reunion in full force! Is it just me or do they look like they are up to something...? From left: Angelica Pulido Solares, Christian Meyer, Petter Malvik, Juan Camilo Taborda, Sandro Gianella and Mirco Kaesberg
Career Paths2 / 10
As part of the opening session on Saturday, 24 May, an alumni panel on “Career Paths” was held with current students – the panelists answered a series of questions and offered their insights on their professional life experience and work-life balance, among others. The alumni panel consisted of Robert Marten (Class of 2008), Julie Ren (Class of 2008, pictured left), Naomi Woods (Class of 2009, pictured right), and Jan Regler (Class of 2009).
When in Berlin...3 / 10
A sunny Sunday in Berlin would not feel right without an extended brunch! The alumni enjoyed a relaxed brunch in the sun at Die Turnhalle in Friedrichshain on Sunday, 25 May – another opportunity to catch up with old friends and network with new ones.
Rubbing Shoulders4 / 10
Hertie School Fellow, Professor Stein Kuhnle (far right), was sure not to miss out on the fun! Here you can see him catching up with some of the alumni at the Sunday brunch.
Say “Cheeeeeeese”!5 / 10
Many alumni took the opportunity at the brunch to donate to the Alumni Scholarship and HIFA Campaign, and also sealed their memories with an instant photo at the alumni photo booth!
Photo: (From left) Adrian Meyer (Class of 2012), Fatima Zohra Yaagoub (Class of 2012) and Rodrigo Scotini Moreno (Class of 2013) show us how it's done!
Pakistan, Neurosurgery, and Governance6 / 10
One of the sessions on Sunday, 25 May included a slot where two alumni presented an essay that they recently wrote as part of a campaign to outline the question "What is governance?" in the context of their personal and work experience. Rizwan Bajwa from the Class of 2007 (right) talked about governance in Pakistan from a humanitarian perspective, and Joslyn Trowbridge from the Class of 2009 talked about her work experience in improving the neurosurgical system in Ontario.
Long Time no See!7 / 10
During the "Meet the Dean and Faculty" session on Monday, 26 May, Hertie School Dean Professor Helmut Anheier (left) updated the alumni on the latest developments at the School, while Professor Markus Jachtenfuchs (right) announced the new Master of Public Affairs (MIA) that will commence at the School in 2015. Alumni also had a chance to mingle with their old professors, such as Kai Wegrich (middle), seen here chatting with Debashree Roy (Class of 2011).
In My Country...8 / 10
The "Meet the Dean and Faculty" session was also an opportunity for Country Contacts Diana Kallas from Lebanon (Class of 2011, left) and Charis Idicheria from India (Class of 2010) to present their insights on approaching recruiting measures for prospective students in their regions.
Food for Thought9 / 10
Following the Country Contact presentations, there was a lively discussion and Q&A session between the alumni and faculty - here Mariam Gabedava (Class of 2010) takes the floor.
Open Mic10 / 10
One of the hallmarks of this Reunion - apart from the joy of catching up with old friends and professors - was the depth of the debates, discussions and questions throughout the sessions. Indeed, from the Alumni Council panel through to the meeting with the faculty, the alumni always brought a lot of valuable comments and opinions to the table, reinforcing the indelible quality of our MPP alumni network!
Photo: Juan Camilo Taborda (Class of 2011, left) and Fortune Agbele (also Class of 2011) have their say.