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Careers of ZEI Fellows

 

 

One program, many success stories:

Since the start of the program in 1998/99, more than 450 fellows have graduated with a Master of European Studies. ZEI alumni have entered various career sectors: they work in EU institutions and international organizations, NGOs, national administrations, lobby groups, in the field of science and research and have been successful in the private sector. The range of organizations and companies that recruit ZEI graduates is far reaching. Here are just a few of our successful alumni:

 

Ann Mettler (Class of 1999) 

Metter Director-General and Head of the European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission's in-house think tank.

Brussels

 “ ZEI prepared me for my career by giving me the economic, institutional, political and legal underpinnings of the European Union”

Vasko Naumovski (Class of 2004)

Naumovski Ambassador of the Republic of  Macedonia to the United States of America

Washington

"The ZEI Master Program was crucial for my professional and academic career, since I was able to apply my knowledge in the government positions, as well as in the teaching and research. Personal relations with my colleagues are still maintained, and although all around the world - we still work for our common goal: Europe whole, free and at peace".

Tristan Suffys (Class of 2003)

SuffysSecretary General at Eurofuel

Brussels

"ZEI prepared me for my career by giving me a solid understanding about the EU, processes and specific politics. It gave me a network of friends interested in EU affairs, who are still working in EU circles and helped me when applying for jobs by adding an international dimension to my curriculum."

Christina Wunder (Class of 2013)

WunderPress Officer for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission

Brussels

“ZEI taught me the general functioning and “basics” of the EU as well as how to connect the dots to the big picture. It helped prepare me for my career by introducing me to some key contacts in the institutions; I got my traineeship in the Commission thanks to an Alumna recommending me.”

Karl Shimizu (Class of 2003)

ShimizuInternational Manager at NTT Data

Tokyo

“Everything I learned at ZEI was very helpful for my career, because today I can understand and explain the internal European market in my daily work.

Martin Zimmek (Class of 2004)

ZimmekHead of Strategy at Bombadier Transportation

Berlin

“There are two very important success factors for an international career: excellent academic skills and international experience. I am convinced and know that ZEI provides both.”

Margaux Laspeyres (Class of 2010)

LaspeyresCOPE Project Manager, University of Oxford

Oxford
“The content of the program helped me to understand how the institutions work with each other and how decision making processes interact. ZEI helped shaped my career in EU projects.”

Ignatius Oli (Class of 2016)

IgnatiusDepartment of Political Affairs, Elections Assistance Unit of the African Union Commission

Liberia

“From the coordination team to the tutors, there’s an always ready ambience to listen, guide and assist at every step of the way during your program and afterwards. As a student far away from home, it gave me the unique family support I needed to keep my dream alive."

Matthieu Bertrand (Class of 2007)

EFSI (Investment Plan for Europe) Mandate Manager, European Investment Bank

Luxembourg

“One of the strongest points of the program is the professor teaching the program are people with first-hand knowledge and experience in EU affairs and in the EU institutions.”

Katharina von Schnurbein (Class of 1999)

SchnurbeinEuropean Commission Coordinator on Combatting Antisemitism

Brussels

"Being part of the first MES Class at ZEI we felt like pioneers. The most precious result is that the fourteen of us are still in regular contact. As to the Master degree itself, it appears that the MES Program was the perfect match for my Slavonic studies. "

 

The success stories of our students underscore the high quality education provided at ZEI. ZEI is proud to be important part of the career paths of excellent young professionals from all over the world. ZEI keeps in contact with its alumni in order to strengthen the network between alumni and current students and  ZEI fellows have the chance to meet alumni during field trips and events held in Bonn.

A multitude of job opportunities

ZEI Alumni work in the following fields:

Alumni Chart

 

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