Katharina Lange, Moderator of the REA 2020 plenary session on Europe – Africa relations.

Katharina Lange is an executive board member and regional director for “Sub-Saharan Africa” of the Young Initiative on Foreign Affairs and International Relations (IFAIR) e.V. and works as Project Manager at the Institute for Social Banking in Berlin. She just completed her Master’s degree in Development Economics and International Studies at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. For her thesis, she conducted a critical assessment of sustainable lending in achieving long-term development goals in Sub-Saharan Africa. During several internships and an exchange semester at the University of Limpopo in South Africa, she has been focusing on sustainability issues as well as the economic and financial development of Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to this, Katharina graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Law from the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. During her Bachelor’s, she also took part in an exchange program with the Université de Strasbourg in France. Katharina speaks German, English, French and is learning Swahili.

A short summary of IFAIR:
The Young Initiative on Foreign Affairs and International Relations (commonly abbreviated IFAIR) is a German Think Tank dedicated to promoting greater engagement of youth in international affairs. IFAIR was founded in 2010 and has about 200 members globally. The association makes young people a part of global politics and global politics a part of daily political life. In our Think Tank, young authors leave their footprints in current political debates. More recently, our Impact Groups give a platform to bring tangible projects to reality. IFAIR’s motto is “Think. Learn. Act.”: We learn from theory and transform these learnings into practical results – and vice versa.