Eric Otieno is currently a graduate student at the University of Kassel, where he is pursuing a degree in Global Political Economy. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and Political Science from Goethe University of Frankfurt. Mr. Otieno has been professionally invoved in policy advice on public procurement and the Fairtrade Towns Initiative with the Development Policy Network (EPN Hessen e.V.). He has also worked on global public health policy and Human Rights at the German Bundestag, as well as at Medico International as an Intern. Additionally, Mr. Otieno is a civic educator, focusing on active citizenship education for inclusive society in the face of the recent discourses around refugees and the entry of a new right-wing- populist party into half of Germany ́s sixteen state parliaments. In the past year, he has been engaged as a speaker at various events accross the country on the correlation between migration, global justice, and human rights. He is a 2016 John Lewis Fellow (Humanity in Action), and a Member of the Africa Good Governance Network.
He was a 2016-2017 participant in AICGS’ “Transatlantic Exchange Program for Young Minorities: Giving Voice to Future Leaders,” sponsored by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi).