Dominik Hierlemann is a Senior Advisor at the Bertelsmann Stiftung, heads the Democracy & Cohesion program and is a member of the foundation’s management committee. He has been working and writing on European democracy and new forms of civic participation for two decades.

Dominik has designed and organized pioneering citizen participation projects in cooperation with the German ministries and the European Commission. Also, he facilitated large-scale events with the German Federal President, various European Commissioners, and former German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Dominik is a political scientist with a master’s in public policy (MSc) and a doctoral degree (PhD) in Social Sciences.

He studied at the University of Konstanz, Germany, and at the Institut d’études politiques in Aix-en-Provence, France. For several years he researched and worked in Krakow, Poland, and in Sydney, Australia. There he taught at the University of Sydney and the International College of Management.

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