American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

A Professional Partner of The

Alexander von Humboldt - Foundation



Timothy Brooks (2001-02)
Tim is a Vice President of Client Management at State Street Bank & Trust in Boston. Both before and after his participation in the German Chancellor Fellowship Program, he was a state finance official in Indiana and Massachusetts. As a German Chancellor Fellow, Tim spent the year at the University of Hamburg. His project evolved from a comparative financial analysis of the roles of various levels of government and NGOs in the delivery of government services into a study of German school decentralization efforts and finally in a position paper on the suitability of charter schools for Germany. Tim is a second-generation Humboldtian, having lived in Hamburg during his father’sHumboldt Research Fellowship in 1974-75. His two daughters might become the third generation, having attended German schools and continuing their German at language camp every summer. (3/25/10)

Kevin Kenny (1992-93)
Kevin is Chief Operating Officer of a small Washington, DC-based company named Decernis, which specializes in international Food, Chemicals and Consumer Products regulatory compliance. Kevin travels heavily in Europe and Asia, building strategic relationships with large manufacturers, governmental agencies, and regulatory consultants. Kevin comes from a legal background, with both a J.D. and an LL.M. in International Law. His German Chancellor Fellowship project in Kiel was on the legitimacy of humanitarian intervention in public international law. After the fellowship, Kevin stayed on to work at the International Law Institute of the Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel for two years. (6/26/09)

Mark Pitts (2002-03)
Mark is currently Managing Counsel, Development & Engineering at Oracle Corporation, where he oversees inbound licensing and other strategic matters for the company’s Global Business Units.  Prior to that he was a German Chancellor’s Scholar (2002-2003) and Venture Fellow at PolyTechnos Venture Partners in Munich.  The co-founder of two start-ups, Mark began his career in private law practice at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison.  He received his B.A., with distinction, from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from Harvard University. (8/13/13)

Andrei Stoica (1995-96)
Andrei is a partner in Nomea, a firm headquartered in Palo Alto, California, with satellite offices in India, that helps clients engineer and implement effective, cost-efficient business processes in rapid deployment scenarios. Andrei previously co-founded Panopticon, a company which addressed the challenge of online, real-time, intelligent merchandizing. In 2000 the company was acquired, as, by Broadbase Corporation. Prior to his industry experience, he was a lecturer at Stanford University in the Electrical Engineering Department, teaching advanced hardware design. In 1994 Andrei graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and in 1997 he earned a master’s in electrical engineering, both from Stanford University. (6/8/07)

Kirsten Traynor (2006-07)
Kirsten is currently pursuing a PhD in Biology at Arizona State University, working in the research lab of Dr. Robert Page. Her research focuses on the behavior and biology of the honey bee with an emphasis on pheromone communication. She is also probing the effects of aging and longevity, for which the honey bee is an excellent model organism. During her German Chancellor Fellowship Kirsten was based at the Institute for Bee Research in Celle, Germany. She continues to write for numerous magazines, photograph avidly and write fiction and poetry in her spare time. To see some of the photographs from her time in Europe, visit (7/2/09)

Justin Tumlinson (2004-05)
As a Sr. Lecturer (eqv. Associate Professor) of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Loughborough University—London, Justin Tumlinson ( theoretically and empirically studies teams, their formation, the incentives of their members and teamwork’s impact on public and private welfare. He also serves as founder and managing partner of a small investment management firm ZIVIS LLC. Previously, he was a Visiting Professor at EM Lyon Grande Ecole, a Sr. Economist at the Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich and a Sr. Operations Engineer at the Intel Corporation, where he advised operations decisions and corporate investment strategy. He spent his BuKa year as a guest of Earlybird Venture Capital of Munich researching the impact of private investment on public welfare. He again lives in Munich. (7/7/17)

Nicholas Wagner (2009-10)
Nicholas Wagner was a German Chancellor Fellow in 2009/10 focusing on renewable energy. After his fellowship he completed in 2012 a Master Degree in Public Policy in Berlin from the Hertie School of Governance. After graduation he began working at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) located at IRENA’s Innovation and Technology Centre in Bonn, Germany., He is currently an Associate Programme Officer at IRENA and part of the REmap programme – IRENA’s global renewable energy roadmap – focusing on country and regional data analysis, sectorial studies, externality and GHG assessment, cost and investment analysis, and leads the REmap Transport Action Team. REmap focuses on energy system analysis to the year 2050 and works in concert with over 70 countries to determine the potential of accelerating renewable energy uptake and assess the impacts of a renewable energy transition. Prior to working at IRENA, Nicholas worked in renewable energy consulting in California, and research positions in Germany at the Fraunhofer Institute (ISE) (while he was a BUKA fellow) and the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW). (7/7/17)