Isabel Skierka is a research analyst and advisor with the Digital Society Institute at ESMT Berlin. She is also pursuing a PhD at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance at Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia in which she explores security vulnerability management in public IT infrastructures.
At DSI, Isabel is currently working on projects focusing on cybersecurity policy in Germany and Europe (including IoT security and safety), e-governance, electronic identity management, and the role of digital platforms in society. Her work at DSI is supported by a grant from TÜV NORD Group.
Besides her role at ESMT, she is a non-resident fellow at the Berlin-based think tank Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) and serves as a member of the Internet Governance Forum Germany’s steering committee.
Prior to joining ESMT, Isabel was a research associate with GPPi where she helped build the institute’s digital and technology program. Isabel has also worked at NATO as a Carlo Schmid Fellow, at the European Commission’s DG Connect as a Bluebook Trainee, and as a visiting researcher at the Institute of Computer Science of the Free University of Berlin. Her commentary has been featured in Internationale Politik, Deutsche Welle, TIME Magazine and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, among others.
Isabel holds a master’s degree in international conflict studies from the War Studies Department of King’s College London and a bachelor’s degree in European studies from Maastricht University, including an exchange at Sciences Po in Paris, with scholarships from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Maastricht University.
You can follow her on Twitter: @i_skierka