Managing Board


Dr. Johannes Bohnen

Executive Board & Co-founder

Dr. Johannes Bohnen studied international relations at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service and received his doctorate degree from Oxford University. Following positions with several think tanks, the German Bundestag and the German government, he was founder and managing director of Scholz & Friends Agenda, a public affairs agency in Berlin.  In 2007, he started his own business, Bohnen Kallmorgen & Partner, together with Jan Kallmorgen. The firm became BOHNEN Public Affairs in 2015.


Jan-Friedrich Kallmorgen

Executive Board & Co-founder

Jan-Friedrich Kallmorgen is trained as an historian and holds a master's degree from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service. He has worked in journalism and as a business consultant in Washington, D.C., and was an investment manager with Goldman, Sachs & Co from 2000 to 2003. From 2004 to 2007 he served as head of the Transatlantic Program at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and is now a CEO and Founder at his Berlin Global Advisors.


Dr. Christoph Schwegmann

Executive Board

Dr. Christoph Schwegmann is co-founder of the Atlantic Initiative / Atlantische Initiative e.V. He has working experience in Think Tanks, German Parliament and NATO and is a career civil servant with the Department of Defense. Christoph holds a doctorate in Political Science from Mannheim University. His commitment to the Atlantische Initiative e.V. is of purely private nature.


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Matthias Hieber

General Manager

Matthias Hieber is dedicated to international relations and global security issues. He studied political sciences and international law at the Universities of Vienna and Zurich. He began his professional career in positions at various research and security related institutions in Paris, London and Berlin, at the United Nations and the Council of Europe. He is currently working for Berlin Global Advisors, a consulting firm specializing in geopolitical risk analysis.

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Todd Williamson

General Manager

Todd Williamson specializes in transatlantic relations, global trade and financial regulatory policy.  Previously Todd was a Robert Bosch Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin and a member of the international government relations and global government relations teams at J.P. Morgan in New York and Washington, D.C. respectively. His government experience includes working in congressional relations at the US Department of Agriculture in the Obama administration and as a legislative assistant in the US House of Representatives. He is currently a Senior Consultant at Berlin Global Advisors. He holds an M.A. in Communication, Culture & Technology from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Journalism from the Scripps Howard School of Journalism & Communications at Hampton University.


Luca Lo Scavo

Project Manager Assistant & Editorial Assistant

Luca is a Master student in International Relations and Diplomacy at Leiden University. He is interested in transatlantic relations, geopolitics and geostrategy in contemporary politics with historical and anthropological perspectives. He is interning at Atlantische Initiative since March 2018. After the completion of his MSc in 2019, he will look for opportunities in international organisations and think tanks in the area of geopolitics and geostrategy and policy implementation.

Editorial Board


Steven Beardsley

Executive Editor

Steven Beardsley is a journalist who has reported from Europe, Africa and the Middle East while covering the U.S. military and transatlantic relations. He works frequently with German broadcaster Deutsche Welle and reported in the past for European Stars and Stripes. His interests range from international business to politics. He has focused most recently on soldier-society relations in post-Cold War Germany. Beardsley was a 2016-2017 Fellow with the Robert Bosch Stiftung. He lives in Berlin with wife and son.


Maximilian Beck

Executive Editor

Maximilian Beck studied international relations and economics at SAIS Johns Hopkins University and the University of Leicester. He gathered experience working at the EU parliament, NATO and the German Federal Foreign Ministry. Since graduating he joined a startup in Berlin as he transitions to the private sector.