A new financial policy for democracy, dignity, and widespread prosperity

Dezernat Zukunft is a non-partisan policy institute that aims to explain and re-think monetary, fiscal, and economic policy in an accessible and coherent way.

Our articles and proposals are aimed at political decision-makers, at academics and the media, and the next generation of thinkers and citizens. With our work we aim to broaden public debates and support an inclusive process of political will formation.

The core values guiding all our work are democracy, dignity, and widespread prosperity.


Our work is underpinned by three convictions;

  • Human flourishing, rather than the maximisation of profits, capital or growth, constitutes the centre and guiding principle of a good society.
  • All human and economic activity must conform with the planetary boundaries
  • Technocratic institutions and markets are not ends in themselves, but social technologies to be used in pursuit of democratically chosen ends. Democracy is the highest organising principle of a good society.

Our Team


Philippa Sigl-Glöckner

Managing Director
  • Formerly German Ministry of Finance, Advisor to the Liberian Finance Minister, World Bank and German Central Bank
  • M.Sc. Computing, Imperial College London; B.A. Philosophy, Politics, Economics, University of Oxford
  • Forbes 30 under 30, Atlantikbrücke Young Leaders, Handelsblatt Vordenker; Capital 40 under 40
  • Email: office[at]

Dr. Maximilian Krahé

Research Director
  • Postdoc at the Institute for Socio–Economics at the University of Duisburg-Essen & Fellow at The New Institute in Hamburg
  • Formerly holder of the Chaire SFPI at the Royal Academy of Science, Letters and Fine Arts of Brussels and Senior Economist at Vivid Economics, London
  • Ph.D. in Political Theory and Political Economy, Yale University; M.Sc. Political Theory, LSE; B.A. Philosophy, Politics, Economics, University of Oxford
  • Email: max.krahe[at]

Janek Steitz

  • Formerly project manager in the field of economic implications of the energy transition at the think tank Agora Energiewende, Berlin; consultant at Active Philanthropy and at Ernst & Young in the area of Valuation, Business Modeling & Economics
  • B.Sc. Economics, University of Münster; M.Sc. Management (focus on finance), Leipzig Graduate School of Management
  • Email: janek.steitz[at]

Pola Schneemelcher

Head of EMPN
  • Formerly Policy Fellow for European economic policy at the Jacques Delors Centre and Policy Expert at the German Federal Parliament
  • M.A. Public Policy, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin; B.A. Public Administration, University Münster; B.Sc. European Studies, Universität Twente (NL)
  • Member of the TaxCOOP 35 under 35 Leaders of the Future in Taxation and
    co-organiser of the German French Young Leaders Conference
  • Email: pola.schneemelcher[at]

Kristina Steinle Dueñas

Deputy Managing Director
  • Formerly Senior Programme Manager at Children for a Better World e.V and Policy Expert at the German Federal Parliament
  • M.A. Economics, Law and Social Sciences, University of Erfurt; B.A. Political Science and Public Law, University Regensburg; semester abroad at the University of Helsinki (FIN)
  • Email: kristina.steinleduenas[at]

Dr. Maximilian Paleschke

Board Member
  • Currently working as a Consultant
  • Formerly Postdoctoral researcher in Taipei, Taiwan, at the Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Academia Sinica and National Taiwan University, research on Advanced Materials and Surface Science
  • Ph.D. in Physics at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, project within the SFB/TRR 227 Ultrafast Spindynamics of FU Berlin and MLU Halle
  • Email: maximilian.paleschke[at]

Nicolas Gassen

Head of Events
  • B.Sc. Business Administration, Humboldt University Berlin; semester abroad at the University of Exeter (UK)
  • Formerly Intern at PD - Berater der öffentlichen Hand GmbH and at RITTERWALD Unternehmensberatung GmbH
  • Email: nicolas.gassen[at]

Leonie Heuer

Assistance to the managing director
  • Student of Law, Humboldt University Berlin
  • M.Sc. Public Economics, FU Berlin; B.Sc. Politics & Economics, University of Potsdam; semester abroad at Université de Lausanne
  • Email: leonie.heuer[at]

Gerrit Schröter

Assistant Manager
  • M.Sc. Public Economics, FU Berlin; B.Sc. Economics, FU Berlin; semester abroad at the University of Vienna and the University of Bergen
  • Former board member of Network Plural Economics association
  • Email: gerrit.schroeter[at]

Florian Schuster

Research Economist
  • Ph.D. Student Economics at the University of Cologne; B.A. Mathematics and Social Sciences, University of Siegen; M.Sc. Economics, University of Köln and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Formerly German Economic Institute (IW) and German Central Bank
  • Email: florian.schuster[at]

Vera Huwe

Research Economist
  • Ph.D. Student at the doctoral college “The Political Economy of Inequality” at the University Duisburg-Essen, before ZEW-Leibniz Institute for European economic research
  • B.Sc. Economics, University of Mannheim; M.Sc. Economics, University of Bonn
  • Email: vera.huwe[at]

Levi Henze

Policy Analyst
  • M.A. International Economics (Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin), B.A. Philosophy and Economics (Universität Bayreuth)
  • Formerly research assistant in the Berlin House of Representatives (asset and budget policy)
  • Email: levi.henze[at]

Axel Kölschbach Ortego

Policy Analyst
  • Fellow at International Max Planck Research School on Moduli Spaces in Bonn
  • MASt. in Pure Mathematics, Selwyn College, Cambridge
  • B.Sc. in Mathematics, University Bonn
  • Email: axel.koelschbach[at]

Kevin Einenkel

Working Student
  • Bachelor student in Political Science at FU Berlin
  • First law degree, law studies at FU Berlin (focus on internationalisation of the legal system)
  • Email: kevin.einenkel[at]



Kilian de Ridder

  • B.Sc. Economics and Management & Philosophy, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
  • Press & writer at "Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik" (Rethinking Economics) and volunteer at Fiscal Future
  • Email: kilian.deridder[at]

Pascal Herm

  • B.A. Social Sciences and Political Philosophy, Leuphana University Lüneburg and University of Edinburgh
  • Future M.Sc. student at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy
  • Email: pascal.herm[at]



Florian Kern

Policy Fellow
  • Formerly consultant for the Parliamentary Select Committee investigating Wirecard, Analyst at the German Central Bank in New York, Common Eurosystem Pricing Hub
  • B.Sc. in Central Banking from the German Central Bank of Applied Sciences; M.Sc. Financial Economics at Maastricht University (NL)
  • Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program, US State Department International Visitor Leadership Program
  • Email: florian.kern[at]

Viola Hilbert

Policy Fellow
  • Ph.D. Student at the socio-economic panel (SOEP) of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Berlin
  • Former management and strategy consultant in the public sector
  • M.Sc. Public Policy, Georgetown University (USA)

Philipp Orphal

Policy Fellow
  • Ph.D. Student at the Institute for Finance and Tax Law at the University of Heidelberg in the fields of fiscal law (budget law), constitutional law and European law
  • Former research assistant in the field of tax law at Clifford Chance Deutschland PartG mbB (Frankfurt)
  • First law degree, law studies at the Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz and the University of Heidelberg (focus on tax law)
  • Email: philipp.orphal[at]

Felix Heilmann

Policy Fellow
  • Formerly Climate Politics Researcher at the Think Tank E3G, Berlin; and Member of the Germany team at the Think Tank Agora Energiewende, Berlin
  • M.A. Student in International Studies at Humboldt-University, Berlin; B.A. Philosophy, Politics, Economics, University of Oxford
  • Email: felix.heilmann.ext[at]

We are hiring

We may not be John Maynard Keynes, but we take the values of dignity, prosperity and democracy seriously. Our current economic system does not. Help us change that.

We're looking for people who are willing to think big, dig deep, and polish economic and fiscal policy proposals until they both stand up to the scrutiny of other experts and bring about meaningful change. We see our role as providing you with the best possible support in this process.

We offer you an environment in which you and your ideas can develop into the best version of itself. And a platform that can carry these ideas into public debate, whether through German and English daily and weekly newspapers, publications in journals for experts and public administration, podcasts, interviews, or - quite classically - on television.

Currently we have no vacancies, but we are looking forward to your initiative. If you are planning a specific project that you would like to realise with us, please send us a CV and a covering letter that, in addition to a short (!) project description (max. 2 pages), answers the following questions: (1) Why is the project important? (2) Why are you the right person to successfully implement this project?, (3) Why do you want to realise this project with us? Send applications to info[at]


Are you still a student and interested in getting to know our work and contributing actively? Perhaps you have a topic that you would particularly like to explore in depth as part of your work with us, or would like to help develop one of our formats or set up a new one? Please send us your CV, a short cover letter, a text written by you and and the period in which you would prefer to do the internship to

Next vacancy to be filled from spring 2024. Work location is our Berlin office. The internship is paid.



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