Nadja Nickel

Programme: Zukunftsbrücke - Chinese-German Young Professional Campus
Year: Year 2019
Nadja Nickel is the Country Lead Germany of the Democratic Society, a non-profit organization that aims to strengthen democratic processes through innovation. Her work focuses on ensuring citizen engagement in decision-making and building bridges between sectors to find innovative solutions to current challenges, including populism and climate change. Previously, Nadja was the Managing Director of WithoutViolence, a non-profit communications and advocacy agency for the social sector. At WithoutViolence, she applied lessons learned from research and from existing behavioral science insights to solutions-focused advocacy on the issue of ending violence against women and children. In past positions at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), she advised former Federal President Horst Köhler in his role on the UN Secretary General’s High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and coordinated a programme on biosecurity. Nadja holds an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University, Sweden.