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

  • Democracy is the highest-ranking organizational principle of a good society

  • Technocratic institutions and markets are not an end in themselves, but social technologies to be deployed and used in pursuit of democratically chosen ends

Our Team


Philippa Sigl-Glöckner

Managing Director
  • Formerly German Ministry of Finance, advisor to the Liberian Finance Minister, World Bank and German Central Bank
  • MSc Computing Imperial College; BA Philosophy, Politics, Economics, University of Oxford
  • Forbes 30 under 30; Atlantikbrücke Young Leaders; Handelsblatt Vordenker; Capital 40 under 40
  • Focus: Fiscal policy, public finance
  • Email: office[at]

Dr. Maximilian Krahé

Research Director
  • Postdoc at the Institute for Socio–Economics at the University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Former holder of the Chaire SFPI at the Royal Academy of Science, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium; former senior economist at Vivid Economics, London
  • Ph.D. in Political Theory and Political Economy, Yale University; MSc Political Theory, LSE; BA Philosophy, Politics, Economics, University of Oxford
  • Focus: Economic history
  • Email: max.krahe[at]

Florian Kern

  • Former consultant for the Parliamentary Select Committee investigating Wirecard, analyst at the German Central Bank in New York, Common Eurosystem Pricing Hub
  • Bachelor of Sciences in Central Banking from the German Central Bank of Applied Sciences, MSc Financial Economics at Maastricht University
  • Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program, US State Department International Visitor Leadership Program
  • Email: florian.kern[at]

Pola Schneemelcher

Head of Labour Market Policy
and Development
  • Former policy fellow for European economic policy at the Jacques Delors Centre and Policy Expert at the German Parliament
  • M.A in Public Policy, Hertie School of Governance, 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
  • Focus: Fiscal policy, labour market
  • Email: pola.schneemelcher[at]

Kristina Berthel

Deputy Managing Director
  • Former senior programme manager at Children for a Better World e.V and Policy Expert at the German Parliament
  • M.A. in Economics, Law and Social Sciences from the University Erfurt, B.A Political Science and Public Law from the University Regensburg, semester abroad at the University of Helsinki
  • Email: kristina.berthel[at]

Maximilian Paleschke

Head of Finances
  • Doctoral student in Physics, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Bsc and MSc Physics, specialising in nanostructures and spintronics
  • Student representative of the SFB/TRR 227 Ultrafast Spindynamics of the FU Berlin and the MLU Halle
  • Email: maximilian.paleschke[at]

Nicolas Gassen

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

Leonie Heuer

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

Gerrit Schröter

Research Assistant
  • M.A. Student Public Economics at the Freie Universität Berlin; BSc Economics at the FU Berlin; semester abroad at the University of Vienna and the University of Bergen
  • Former board member of the Network Plural Economics association
  • Email: gerrit.schroeter[at]

Florian Schuster

Research Economist
  • Doctoral student in Economics at the University of Cologne, studied Economics, Mathematics and Social Sciences at the Universities of Cologne, Madrid and Siegen
  • Former at the German Economic Institute (IW) and German Central Bank
  • Researches financial stability and monetary and fiscal policy
  • Email: florian.schuster[at]

Vera Huwe

Research Economist
  • Doctoral student at the doctoral college “The Political Economy of Inequality” at the University Duisburg-Essen, former at the ZEW-Leibniz Institute for European economic research
  • Studied Economics at the Universities of Mannheim and Bonn
  • Researches decarbonisation of the transport sector and Philosophy of Economics
  • Email: vera.huwe[at]

Philipp Orphal

  • Doctoral 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]

Fabian Kraken

  • BA Student Politics & Economics at the Westfälische Wilhelms University of Münster; Study abroad at the London School of Economics
  • Associate Researcher of the Research Team of the LSE Economic Society
  • FiscalFuture Research Team Leader on Public Investments, Fiscal Rules, Austerity & Inflation
  • Email: fabian.kraken[at]



Janek Steitz

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

Henrika Meyer

Policy Fellow
  • Researcher at the Mercator Research Institute for Global Commons and Climate Change
  • M.Sc. in Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam

Viola Hilbert

Policy Fellow
  • Doctoral 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
  • MA in Public Policy, Georgetown University

We are hiring

Policy Experts

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 are searching in the following areas: European financial and monetary policy, labor markets, energy and industrial policy, pensions and social security systems, with a focus on Europe and Germany in each case.
  • What we expect: You do not need to have a specific background, but should be able to demonstrate significant professional experience - preferably in public administration - or a very good scientific education.
  • What we offer: We pay according to the collective bargaining agreement of the public sector. Our office is located in Berlin; working from a home office can be arranged on an individual basis. We also welcome applicants from public institutions who are planning a sabbatical.

Interested? Please send us your CV and a letter of application with answers to the following questions

  1. In which research area would you like to work?
  2. What idea would you like to pursue here?
  3. Why do you have the expertise to tackle this topic?

to We are hiring on an ongoing basis, so feel free to send us your application promptly.

Analysts in various employment arrangements including internships.

  • Internships starting: Autum 2022

  • Analysts and part-time jobs for students: Currently no vacancies

  • Requirements: Interest in our topics, first experience in writing texts and scientific analysis/research, In-depth knowledge in a research area relevant to our work

You like to dig deeper and already have strong quantitative or qualitative analytical skills? 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/set up a new one? Please send us your CV, a short cover letter and a text written by you to



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