The cofounders of the Berlin Forum on Global Politics (BFoGP) first met while doctoral candidates at the Graduate School for Global Politics (GSGP) at the Freie Universität Berlin, in Berlin, Germany.
Listed in alphabetical order, the managing cofounders are:
Daniel holds a PhD from Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) and Fudan University (Shanghai, China). Between 2010 and 2013, he was part of an international research team that analyzed the role of Macau in China’s relations with the Portuguese Speaking Countries, hosted by the Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra (Portugal). Daniel holds a BA in International Relations (2006), from the University of Coimbra (Portugal), with a semester spent in Pontíficia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). In 2009, he concluded his MA in International Relations, also at the University of Coimbra.
Philani is Senior Researcher at the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) in Pretoria, South Africa, and completed a joint doctoral programme (Dr. rer. pol.) with the Graduate School of Global Politics, Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), and the School of International Studies at Renmin University (Beijing, China). He is an alumnus of the Managing Global Governance Programme established by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, designed for young professionals from emerging economies, and received his MA in International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, where he headed the Academic Development Programme for first year students and was elected as an independent candidate to the Student Representative Council.
Marc is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate School for Global Politics, Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) in cooperation with Fudan University Shanghai (PR China), where he does research on global political economy with a special focus on state-market relations, financial and monetary policies, and the history of economic thought and the diversity of developmental strategies. He holds a MA in International Political Economy (University of York) as well as a MA in Politics, Economics & History (University of Münster), and is a trained salesman in whole and foreign trade (IHK-certified). Moreover, Marc is a cosmopolitan, critical observer, traveller, networker, and bon vivant.
Miguel is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate School for Global Politics, Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), where he researches how state and corporate control of information and communications technologies impact the political agency of civil society. He has a BA in Philosophy from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Caracas, Venezuela) and a MA in Political Science and Political Philosophy from Kyoto University (Japan), where he studied after being granted a scholarship by the Ministry of Education of Japan. In 2016, Miguel was awarded an Annual Paper Prize and an Early Career Researcher Award by the Surveillance Studies Network for a published article related to his doctoral research.