Change Makers 2023

Participants of the Policy Lab "Change Makers – Climate and Security”
In a competitive selection process, 22 young people from Germany and Israel were selected to participate in the Policy Lab "Change Makers - Climate and Security".

Alina Kalendo

Alina is an undergraduate student pursuing Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Haifa. She is enthusiastic about environmental conservation and sustainability, seeking opportunities to combine academic knowledge with practical experience.


Anna Tretter

Anna is currently completing a B.Sc. in economics and political sciences at Potsdam University, with a focus on environmental economics. Previously, she conducted research at Tel Aviv University about the impact of environmental factors on socioeconomic systems in the Middle East. Anna also worked at the headquarters of the German Green Party as well as at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change.


Ben Schultz

Ben is a student in the honors track ‘Strategy and Decision Making’ at Reichman University and interested in International Relations. He is working towards becoming a specialist in the contemporary Middle East and the geopolitical trends shaping the region’s dynamics.

Bruno Balscheit

Bruno is a climate activist @FridaysForFuture, a social sciences student, filmmaker and musician. He also co-founded of a media agency focused on social and environmental projects.

Charlotte Winkler

Charlotte is completing her BA in International Relations after working at the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the UN Agencies in Rome, where she represented Germany to FAO, WFP, IFAD, and CFS, of which all focus on global food security. Soon, she is going to start a new position in the Quality Assurance Group of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Corinna Schmid

Corinna is currently undertaking a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Antisemitism-Research after completing a BA in International Relations. She has previously worked at the German Council for Sustainable Development, Serlo Education - an NGO focussing on sustainability education -, as well as the German Foreign Office.

Eylon Chattah

Eylon is a customer success team lead at a technology start-up and co-led the sustainability-focused "Lettuce Meat" project. He has a background in robotics and engineering.

Eylon is one of the DIZF-EVZ Young Experts.

Francesca Fassbender

Francesca is the Project Coordinator for Foreign and Security Policy at ELNET e.V. She holds a degree in economics from Humboldt University and obtained a Master's in Public Policy and Conflict Resolution from Tel Aviv University.

Hanna Kilz

Hanna is currently in the final phase of her psychology degree at Christian-Albrechts- Universität zu Kiel. Previously, she volunteered at a shelter for homeless children in Durban, South Africa.

Helene Freitag

Helene is a committed climate activist with a degree in Renewable Energies, passionately fighting for a sustainable future. She is also a trained paramedic and community builder with a strong sense for climate justice.

Houda Hamoud

Houda holds a master's degree in diplomacy and foreign affairs, complemented by a bachelor's degree in East Asian studies and human services. She is proficient in five languages: Arabic, Hebrew, English, Chinese, and Korean.

Idan Ben-Ari

Idan is studying International Relations and Communication at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also volunteers as a manager at the Immigration Department of an Israeli LGBTQ+ association (Aguda) and was recently elected the representative of Meretz at Hebrew University. Idan has worked for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Julia Steinhöfel

Julia is wrapping up her Political Science degree at Leipzig University. She has spent time working and studying in Belgium and Slovenia. Julia works at an association conducting workshops on disinformation in schools.

Linus Dolder

Linus is a climate activist from Switzerland, living in Germany. In 2018, he co-founded the Fridays for Future movement in Switzerland. Since then, he has engaged in climate activism and public advocacy on different levels from local organizing to federal campaigns to international conferences such as COPs or the World Democracy Forum.

Linus Steinmetz

Linus is a German climate activist and climate litigant. In 2021, he led and won a major lawsuit against the German federal government which was successful in front of the constitutional court. His advocacy work focuses on climate, international security, and law. Linus pursues a degree in political science at Free University Berlin and works at the Climate Litigation Lab of Oxford University.

Linus is one of the DIZF-EVZ Young Experts.

Madeleine Hauertmann

Madeleine holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences from Bielefeld University and is currently working towards a M.Sc. in Integrated Natural Resource Management at Humboldt University. She is working at Kortemeier Brokmann Landschaftsarchitekten GmbH and gained experience at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig.

Noam Keren

Noam is graduating from a master's degree in Geography and Urban and Regional Planning from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) and holds a bachelor's degree in Geography and Political Science from the same institution. He works in the physical planning unit at the Ministry of Energy.

Noam Meirov

Noam is a BA Law and Economics student at Tel Aviv University. Prior to that, he served as a Captain in an Elite Intelligence Unit in the IDF. Currently, he is the founder and leader of two businesses: Midad - an Ed-Tech initiative aimed at increasing access to education in the Arab community in Israel, and Baseet - an innovative approach to teaching spoken Arabic to Jews.

Rita Bogoodlove

Rita is student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem majoring in History and International Relations.
Since her youth, she has aimed to promote dialogue and understanding between Israelis and Palestinians, particularly in her hometown of Jerusalem. Rita also volunteered with Lissan - an NGO that helps Jeruselmite Palestinian women learn and practice Hebrew.

Rita is one of the DIZF-EVZ Young Experts.

Rona Tobolsky

Rona is a policy analyst at the Association for Long Term Existence and Resilience (ALTER), studying Biology and Philosophy at Tel Aviv University. She is committed to making a positive impact on the world and involved in projects addressing food fortification, pandemic preparedness, prevention and response, diagnostics and biosecurity. Rona also worked with Students for Climate and Effective Altruism Israel.

Samira Ghandour

Samira is a climate activist with FridaysForFuture, where she fights for climate justice, plans campaigns and demonstrations, and does social media & press work. When she not protesting, Samira gives workshops in schools to educate about climate change.

Victoria Solkovits

Victoria is a Policy Fellow at the Mitvim Institute for Regional Foreign Policies, an Israel-based think tank, working on Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking and climate diplomacy initiatives. She earned her MA in Public Policy, Conflict Resolution and Mediation from Tel Aviv University, and her BA from UCLA, with majors in Human Biology and Society and Political Science and a minor in Labor and Workplace Studies. Her expertise lies in climate security, US foreign policy, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and international negotiations and mediation.