elbarlament was founded during 2013 by a group of experts on the premise that parliaments, assemblies, governments, administrations and civil society in transition require a specific and innovative quality of technical assistance and consulting service, taking into consideration research and evaluation of technical assistance best practices.
The consultancy is based in Berlin and has been established as a limited company under German law. elbarlament is an independent, non-partisan and impartial organisation providing technical assistance, expertise and research to support parliaments, assemblies, governments, administrations and civil society in developing their full potential in order to contribute to good governance, the rule of law and the prosperity of the people they represent through strong, open and effective legislatures as well as other parliamentary instruments and parliamentary – driven processes.
We draw expertise from a wide range of partnerships and a multi-national pool of experts covering multiple areas – from general democratisation, rule of law public administration reform issues to sectoral policies such as budgets and planning, security sector oversight, human rights, youth and women participation.
elbarlament is a member of the Community of Practice of the European Partnership for Democracy.
Tobias Flessenkemper, Partner and Managing Director See more.
From 1996 to 2001, he was Secretary General of the European Youth Forum and of the Young European Federalists advocating for the participation of young people in EU and global affairs. In his various functions he served on several European Community and intergovernmental bodies.
Mr Flessenkemper has a significant record of policy work, scholarship and invited presentations. He graduated as Magister Artium (M.A) in political science from the University of Cologne and holds a European Master in International Humanitarian Assistance from the University of Bochum.
Dr. Birgit Laubach, Partner and Managing Director See more.
In this function she authored numerous legislative initiatives. In 1994 she also became deputy chief whip of the Green Party parliamentary group.
Previously she worked within the Green Party parliamentary group on non-discrimination issues and in 1986, she set-up the Women and Equality Unit for the state government of Hessen. Birgit Laubach served as an expert to constitutional reform commissions of the states of Thüringen and Lower Saxony and the commission reviewing the German constitution in view of the country’s unification in 1990. She is a regular contributor to legal and other periodicals and holds a PhD in law from the University of Bielefeld.
Dr. Birgit Laubach
Dr. Juan Diaz, Senior Consultant See more.
In 2005 he co-founded the CSSProject for Integrative Mediation and served as its Director and Chairperson from January 2005 to May 2012. In this capacity he oversaw the overall development of the interactive problem-solving methodology for the organisation; and developed the use of interest-based negotiation in workshops with political leaders in divided communities. Juan has supported mediation and negotiation work in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Egypt, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
He teaches negotiation mediation at several universities, and he also works with mediation trainers on specific courses including, peace mediation, professional negotiation, diversity management, gender equality and non-discrimination. After receiving a doctorate in International Relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury, he specialized in mediation in transitional or post-conflict regions.
Julia Mager, Senior Consultant See more.
Julia currently also advises UNDP Kosovo in the Public Administration Reform process. Previously, she led the democratic governance portfolio of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Julia is specialized in advising governments on public administration and local governance reform, in particular, organizational development, institutional capacity development, strategic management, stakeholder communication, innovation and accountability mechanisms. She has sound experience in project/program design and management, needs assessments, and monitoring and evaluation. Julia has worked with various stakeholders such as civil society organisations, women groups, refugees, as well as senior civil servants in government at central and local levels.
Julia has a Magister Artium (M.A.) in Political Science from the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. She currently participates in the Executive Master of Public Administration (MPA) at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.
Martin Zickendraht, Consultant See more.
During the crucial transition phase after the 2011 revolution, he served as a diplomat at the German Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, from 2012 to 2014. He holds a BA degree in Political Science from Freie Universität Berlin and an MA degree in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, as well as certificates from the European College of Liberal Arts (Bard College Berlin) and the Institute of Political Studies in Grenoble, France.
Since founding it in 2011, he has been managing a networking and research project on sustainable development in arid regions.
Malte Tepe, Programme Manager and Researcher See more.
Malte Tepe is a programme manager and researcher. Before joining elbarlament in September 2013, he worked as project officer in the parliamentary support programme inmedio in Egypt 2013 funded by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V.) and as a political education consultant for LobbyControl e.V. with a focus on democracy and transparency.
He holds a master degree in International Relations from the joint degree programme International Relations of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and University of Potsdam.
Programme manager and researcher
Anna Fleischer, Project Officer See more.
Anna Fleischer is the project officer for the parliamentary support project elbarlament in Egypt 2014. With her regional and work expertise she is a major support for the project. Previously she worked as a regional manager at the German Near and Middle East Association in Berlin. There, she gained experience in different fields, such as economic analysis and event management. She has spent several months in Egypt to study Arabic.
She holds a Master of Science in Arab World Studies from Durham University and studied in Germany, the United Kingdom and Egypt.
Former Team Members See more.
Friederike Hemker was student assistant from September 2014 – May 2015. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. From 2013-2014 she worked as a Young Professional for the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Yaoundé, Cameroon in the field of democracy and good governance promotion. Moreover, she gained professional experiences in several German state institutions such as the federal parliament and the state chancellery of Lower-Saxony as well as in an international NGO in Madagascar. Friederike holds a BA degree in European Studies from the University Maastricht, the Netherlands as well as certificates from the Institute of Political Studies in Grenoble, France.
Nada Mahdy was student assistant from April to October 2014. She is a DAAD scholar, starting her MA in Public Policy at Hertie School of Governance in September 2014. Since 2010, she has worked in local and international NGOs in Egypt with a focus on enhancing the capacities of political organisations as well as state institutions. At the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Cairo, an international NGO focused on democracy promotion, she participated in and organised numerous training activities for Egyptian civil society organisations and political parties. From 2012-2013 she managed a capacity building programme for the staff of the Egyptian Parliament. The programme was carried out by the El Sadat Association for Social Development and Welfare, and funded by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Nada Mahdy holds a BA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo.
Dina Zohdi is a political scientist. Previously she worked as project manager in a project funded by the German foreign ministry with a focus on parliamentary support in Berlin and Cairo. She gained regional expertise with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Cairo, Egypt as well as experience in parliamentary work in the office of a Member of the European Parliament. She holds a Magister Artium degree in political science (major), psychology (minor) and sociology (minor) from the University of Trier.
•Needs and development assessment of parliaments and assemblies
•Technical assistance in the area of parliamentary procedure and legislative process
•Knowledge transfer for the development of sectoral legislation and policies
•Parliamentary out-reach activities and stakeholder analysis
•Research on parliamentary theory and practice and on transitional processes
•Support to inclusive constitutional reform processes
•Training on committee development and secretariat structures
•Facilitation of peer exchanges of parliamentary research and administrative staff
•Building of relations with interest groups and civil society
•Peer-to-peer coaching of election candidates, in particular women
•Training on the monitoring and quality of electoral processes
•Advice on the role of the parliamentary opposition and the functioning of political
•Support to the development of common parliamentary services, in particular research
elbarlament is working on behalf of or in partnership with the following institutions and organisations: