Nicole Harkin, J.D.

Nicole Harkin, an award winning writer and natural-light photographer based in Washington, DC, spent years working on government oversight both within and outside of the US federal government for organizations ranging from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to the Project on Government Oversight (POGO). As a Fulbright Scholar during law school, Nicole lived in Berlin, Germany where she studied German environmentalism. After law school, Nicole was a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow researching the German Freedom of Information Act. Tilting, A Memoir, her first book, explores the themes of sickness and resiliency. Nicole's photography can be seen at

Kim Ochs, DPhil

With a background in technology and finance, Kim is an educationist who has spent much of the last decade creating and implementing online programs for accredited universities, private companies, start-ups, and international organizations. She has worked at universities in the US, UK and Germany as a researcher and teacher, and internationally as an education consultant. As a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow, after completing her doctoral studies, she worked at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Ashoka, and Bellagio Forum for Sustainable Development. 

Mojca-Marie Erjavec

Mojca-Marie Erjavec is a multilingual facilitator in communication, passionate about society trends in the light of participation, education and new technologies. She has worked for the EU administration where she held positions as a translator, in the press service, the cabinet of the European Commission president, public relations and communications. Her work experience includes journalism, conference and seminar organization, and language teaching. Mojca-Marie's freelance work focuses mainly on communication consultancy in civil society, civic engagement and multilingual communication. She is a Bosch alumna of the MitOst Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg Program. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Matthias Jochmann

Since his theater studies in Giessen/Germany and Santiago de Chile, Matthias has been working as director, author and project manager in theater, radio and film among others. He has worked in various contexts in Europe, Latin America and Asia. Matthias has participated in three Bosch programs: Exchange Program for Regional Integration in East Asia and Europe (EPRIE), Grenzgänger (crossing borders), and is currently in Indonesia for the Boschlektoren-Program (Bosch Lectureship Program in Asia). He resides in Medan/Indonesia where he works as lecturer and project manager. For more information, please check

Jelena Prtoric

Jelena Prtoric is a freelance journalist reporting most often on and from southeastern Europe. She has published in French, English, Croatian and Italian — print, web and radio — focusing mainly on human rights, culture, politics and the environment. Jelena is interested in creative technologies, feminism, dealing with the past and countries in transition. She loves graphic novels, drawing, photography and the sea. Jelena is an alumna of the Robert Bosch Foundation Reporters in the Field Program. You can follow Jelena on Twitter.

Rasmus Althaus

Rasmus Althaus was born in Lübeck in northern Germany. As a lecturer of German as a foreign language and cross-cultural communication, he has taught at universities in China, the Netherlands, Romania and Germany since 2004. Rasmus currently lives in Leipzig as a content writer – and as a father of two kids. He an an alumnus of the Robert Bosch Stiftung Lectureship Program.


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