Hertie School of Governance

The Hertie School of Governance prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. The School also offers experienced professionals the opportunity to deepen their skills in the field of public management. A renowned international faculty with expertise in economics, business, law, political and social science take an interdisciplinary, policy-oriented approach to the School’s teaching and research agenda.



Prof. Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

Prof. Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

Role in the project: Prof. Alina Mungiu-Pippidi is the team leader of DIGIWHIST at the Hertie School of Governance.

Biography: Prof. Mungiu-Pippidi teaches Democratisation and Policy Analysis and chairs the European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State Building (ERCAS) at the Hertie School of Governance. Since 2004, Alina Mungiu-Pippidi has chaired several civil society anti-corruption coalitions in Romania, such as the Coalition for Clean Parliament, the Coalition for Clean Government, the Coalition for Clean Universities and the Alliance for Clean Romania. She acted as principal investigator for several large scale EU-funded projects: FP5 IBEU, FP6 JURISTRAS, FP7 ANTICORRP and MEDIADEM. She regularly serves as an adviser on issues of anti-corruption to the European Commission, UNDP, OECD, Freedom House, NORAD, DFID and the World Bank, among others.

Dr. Luciana Cingolani

Dr. Luciana Cingolani

Role in the project: Luciana will contribute to the compilation of DIGIWHIST's comparative procurement database, transparency indicators and data analysis; as well as the monitoring of procurement laws and regulations.

Biography: Luciana Cingolani, PhD is a postdoctoral researcher at the Hertie School of Governance for the DIGIWHIST project. She obtained her PhD on Development and Public Policy Analysis from Maastricht University in 2014. Previously she obtained an MPhil from San Andres University in Buenos Aires, funded by the Argentine Research Council. Her research revolves around the impacts of institutions in development, and the role of governance, state capacity and transparency. She has collaborated with several development organizations including the United Nations University, the United Nations Development Programme and the French Development Agency.

Aram Khaghaghordyan

Aram Khaghaghordyan

Role in the project: Aram Khaghaghordyan will coordinate DIGIWHIST’s work at the Hertie School and assist with collecting data for the database of legal and regulatory norms.

Biography: Aram Khaghaghordyan is a PhD candidate and a Research Associate at the Hertie School of Governance. He works for the EU FP7 ANTICORRP and Horizon 2020 DIGIWHIST projects. Aram is also the coordinator of European Research Center for Anti-Corruption and State-Building (ERCAS) at the Hertie School. He is a law faculty graduate of the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) State University and holds degrees in international humanitarian law (LL.M.) from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and public policy (MPP) from the Hertie School of Governance. Aram worked as a consultant for Pact Inc., USAID-supported UNITER Project, conducting independent integrity assessment of the CHESNO movement (campaign to enhance transparency and fairness of the parliamentary election in Ukraine). He also worked as a consultant for Democracy Reporting International on projects ‘Strengthening International Law to Support Genuine Elections and Democratic Governance’ and ‘Support to Democratisation in Egypt’. His current research is related to the state compliance with international anti-corruption norms with a focus on the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) evaluation rounds with an aim of creating Anti-corruption Compliance Index (ACCI).

Stephanie E. Trapnell

Stephanie E. Trapnell

Role in the project: Stephanie will oversee the creation and deployment of the EuroPAM database of legal and regulatory norms and contribute to the development of de facto measurements.

Stephanie E. Trapnell is a PhD candidate in sociology at George Mason University and previously served as a founding team member and research manager for the Public Accountability Mechanisms (PAM) Initiative and the Actionable Governance Indicators (AGI) Initiative, both at the World Bank. She is a specialist in open government, accountability, and measurement, and consults regularly for the United Nations and the World Bank, as well as with non-governmental organizations such as Global Integrity, Results for Development, and Transparency International. Her current research is focused on implementation processes and outcomes in right to information systems, including civil society engagement and government administration. She holds an MA in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies and an AB in Linguistics from Bryn Mawr College.

Roberto Martínez B. Kukutschka

Roberto Martínez B. Kukutschka

Role in the project: Roberto will assist with collecting data for the database of legal and regulatory norms, collecting raw data for the database on public procurement from public agencies, work on the list of feasible and relevant indicators, drawing on the existing ones and creating new indicators and he will also contribute to the creation and deployment of a European transparency legislation observatory.

Biography: Roberto Martínez B. Kukutschka is a PhD candidate and a Research Associate for the DIGIWHIST project at the Hertie School of Governance. Previously he worked for the EU FP7 ANTICORRP project. Roberto obtained his Master’s Degree in Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance and holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas) in Mexico City. Before joining Hertie, he served as Head of the Anti-Corruption Department at the Mexican Tax Administration Service (SAT), where he was responsible for overseeing the implementation of the International Anti-Corruption Conventions and for developing a corruption risk assessment methodology for the tax collection process. Mr. Martínez B. Kukutschka has also worked as a consultant for Transparency International and the U4 Anticorruption Resource Centre.

Tori Dykes

Tori Dykes

Role in the project: Tori Dykes is a student research assistant for the DIGIWHIST project

Biography: She studies at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin where she is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy. Originally from the U.S., Tori completed her B.A. in International Affairs and German at Marquette University in 2012. In 2013, a grant from the U.S. Fulbright Program brought her to Germany, where she has lived ever since. Her current academic interests are centered around digitalization and technology, particularly the transformation of government and civic participation as a result of digitalization.

Geraldine Endrizzi

Geraldine Endrizzi

Role in the project: Geraldine is the DIGIWHIST Communication Officer and will curate and promote the DIGIWHIST website. She also supports internal communication amongst the consortium members and works to strengthen the network of civil society practitioners, journalists.

Biography: Geraldine Endrizzi is Faculty Assistant to Prof. Alina Mungiu-Pippidi at the Hertie School of Governance and has previously worked as Project Associate for the EU FP7 ANTICORRP project. She obtained her Master Degree in Public Policy at the Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance and holds a Diploma in Art Therapy and Pedagogy from the Hochschue für Künste im Sozialen (University of Applied Sciences and Arts) Ottersberg, Germany. Before joining Hertie, Geraldine served as the Human Resources Manager at a large international school in Berlin which inspired her Master thesis on the facilitation of intercultural competence at international schools. Mrs. Geraldine Endrizzi also works as a freelance consultant and project manager for a Berlin based NGO where she is responsible for the development of new projects and the implementation of a new quality management system.