SIM Europe Project Team

Social Justice Index

Project Management

Daniel Schraad-Tischler

Daniel Schraad-Tischler

Senior Expert
Bertelsmann Stiftung
+49 5241 81-81240
Dr. Daniel Schraad-Tischler is Senior Project Manager at the Bertelsmann Stiftung in Gütersloh, Germany. He joined the Stiftung in 2008, heads the “Sustainable Governance Indicators” (SGI) project and is the corresponding author of the SIM Index report. Daniel holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Cologne (Faculty of Management, Economics, and Social Sciences) as well as a master’s in Political Science, History and German Literature (Cologne). His main areas of research are good governance, sustainable development as well as cross-national comparisons of social justice and equality of opportunity. Before joining the Bertelsmann Stiftung, he worked as a research associate at the Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science and European Affairs at the University of Cologne. He also gained project management experience at the European Parliament and at Bayer AG.
Christof Schiller

Christof Schiller

Project Manager
Bertelsmann Stiftung
+49 5241 81-81470
Christof Schiller earned his diploma degree and doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) in Public Policy and Management from the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Potsdam. Christof is the author of two monographs and numerous scientific articles, book chapters and policy reports. He has taught classes and held academic positions at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and the University of Potsdam, where he remains an associated Fellow of the Potsdam Center for Policy and Management. The main focus of his research is on comparative welfare state reform, public sector governance and employment policies. His latest book is The Politics of Welfare State Transformation in Germany.

Reform Barometer

Project Management

Thorsten Hellmann

Thorsten Hellmann

Project Manager
Bertelsmann Stiftung
+49 5241 81-81236
After training as an industrial administrator and in business management at the VWA in Bochum, Dr. Thorsten Hellmann studied economics at the University of Münster and was awarded his doctorate in 2003. Since 2004, he has been working as a project manager for the Bertelsmann Stiftung, where he has spent several years analyzing national and international benchmarks for labor market, economic and social policy, as part of the Evidence-Based Policy Strategies program. He was responsible for the project “Benchmarking German States”, in which the German states were compared and assessed in terms of incomes, employment and evidence based security. In addition to his work for the Bertelsmann Stiftung, he is a lecturer for economics at Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences.
Jan Arpe

Jan Arpe

Senior Project Manager
European Bureau for Policy Consulting and Social Research in Vienna
+43 664 2188046
Dr. Jan Arpe is Senior Project Manager at the European Bureau for Policy Consulting and Social Research in Vienna. Until August 2016, he was Project Manager in the Europe’s Future programme at the Bertelsmann Stiftung. Before taking over the responsibility for the SIM Europe Reform Barometer project in April 2015, he worked on global economics, societal trust and demographic change. Jan studied mathematics at the University of Mainz and the LMU Munich and holds a PhD in Theoretical Computer Science from the University of Lübeck. Prior to joining the Bertelsmann Stiftung in 2008, he had been a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Statistics, University of California, Berkeley.
Patrick Kenis

Patrick Kenis

Senior Project Manager
European Bureau for Policy Consulting and Social Research in Vienna
+43 676 5743862
Prof. Dr. Patrick Kenis has been a Senior Project Manager for the SIM Europe Reform Barometer at the European Bureau for Policy Consulting and Social Research Vienna since November 2016. He is also a Visiting Professor at the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business (Institute for Public Management and Governance) and a Guest Professor at the Department of Organisation Studies of Tilburg University. He studied Sociology at the Free University in Brussels (VUB) and holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. Previously, he worked in Antwerp, at the VU University Amsterdam, at the University of Konstanz (Germany), and at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (Vienna). His research field is policy and organizational responses in a range of areas, including health, education and innovation.

Project Executives

Bernd Marin

Bernd Marin

Director
European Bureau for Policy Consulting and Social Research in Vienna
Prof. Dr. Bernd Marin is Director of the European Bureau for Policy Consulting and Social Research in Vienna. From 2015 to 2016, he was Director (‘Rektor’) of the Webster Vienna Private University, a branch of Webster University in St. Louis, USA. Between 1988 and 2015, he served as Executive Director of the Vienna-based European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (ECV), which is affiliated with the United Nations. From 1984 to 1988, he was Professor of Comparative Political and Social Research at the European University Institute (EUI), the EU university in Florence, where he was also Head of the Department of Political and Social Sciences from 1986 to 1987. His most recent books are The Future of Welfare in a Global Europe (ed.), 2015, and Welfare in an Idle Society?, 2013.
Christian Keuschnigg

Christian Keuschnigg

Professor of Economics
University of St. Gallen
Prof. Dr. Christian Keuschnigg is Professor of Economics at the University of St. Gallen and Director of WPZ Vienna, a policy research institute in Austria. He holds a doctorate in Economics from the University of Innsbruck and a PhD (Habilitation) from the University of Vienna. He was a Professor of Economics at the University of Saarland and Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna. He is a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR, London), the Center of Economic Studies (CESifo, Munich) and the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation. His research interests are in public economics and related fields, including the economics of the welfare state, economic growth and European integration.

Project Support

Doreen Löber

Doreen Löber

Project Assistant Brussels
Bertelsmann Stiftung
Sabine Feige

Sabine Feige

Project Assistant Gütersloh
Bertelsmann Stiftung

Analytical Support

Stefan D. Haigner

Stefan D. Haigner

Analyst
GAW
Florian Wakolbinger

Florian Wakolbinger

Analyst
GAW

Reform Barometer - Partnering Institutions

The Bertelsmann Stiftung was founded by Reinhard Mohn in 1977. It is an independent, non-political, private operating foundation, which focuses its activities on projects that can decisively influence society's long-term viability. Working with a wide range of partners, the foundation relies on knowledge and expertise to stimulate lively dialogue on the most pressing issues of our day. "Inspiring people. Shaping the future. Participating in a globalized world." That phrase sums up the work carried out by the Bertelsmann Stiftung. If everyone is to participate then everyone must have the ability to get involved and society must offer all of its citizens the chance to succeed.

The European Bureau for Policy Consulting and Social Research Vienna, launched in 2016, was founded by Bernd Marin to be a forum for social science intelligence and policy. Cooperating with other institutions, it is engaged in a wide range of activities, including scholarly research, strategic expert advice, and professional publishing and media. In addition to generating, it also aims totransfer knowledge and findings into the popular understanding of comparativeempirical research. In other words, it aims to turn social science into a "pop science" for civic discourse and public debate.

WPZ - Wirtschaftspolitisches Zentrum, founded in 2015, is a competence center of the Institute of Economics of the University of St. Gallen. In providing topical academic research in a widely accessible format, WPZ is dedicated to an informed public debate and to theory- and evidence-based policy-making for sustainable growth and inclusive welfare.