Office of the President


  • Welcome to the Office of the GIGA President.

    Professor Amrita Narlikar heads our Institute since October 2014. Her research focuses on international negotiations, economic statecraft, and multilateralism. She has a special interest in India, Asia, and the BRICS.

    At the President’s office, Amrita works closely with Julia Kramer (Manager of Institutional Development), Sonja Bartsch (Research Manager), Sofiia Sehin (Referent) and Indi-Carolina Kryg (Personal Assistant). If you have any questions, please contact us at: president@giga-hamburg.de.

    Together with all our colleagues at the GIGA, we conduct research with real-world relevance that strives for academic excellence. The exchange with policy practitioners and the media complements this mandate. As part of our outreach, we offer open access publications, a comprehensive library collection, and a broad range of events for specialists and the interested public.

    We are happy to present to you our work here at the centre and of the entire Institute.


    Team President`s Office

    Julia Kramer

    Office of the President

    Sonja Bartsch

    Research Management

    Sofiia Sehin

    Office of the President

    Indi-Carolina Kryg

    Office of the President / Doctoral Researcher


    Book Talk | 13/12/2021

    The Long Game: How China Negotiates with India

    The GIGA is proud to bring you Ambassador Shri Vijay Gokhale to speak with GIGA President Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar about his book “The Long Game. How the Chinese Negotiate with India”. The audience will have the opportunity to engage in discussion. Video of the event now online!

    Policy paper | 11/2021

    Why a Narrative of the #PandemicOfTheUnvaccinated Risks Prolonging the Pandemic

    Prof. Amrita Narlikar and Dr. Cecilia Sottilotta discuss in this paper the responsibility of unvaccinated people for the sudden rise in COVID-19 cases in Europe. This article was republished in Global Policy Opinion.

    Cecilia Emma Sottilotta

    Visiting Fellow

    GIGA Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series | 25/11/2021

    Retreat from Afghanistan: What it Means for Regional and Global Order

    The withdrawal of the Western forces from Afghanistan leaves behind a country in disarray and many open questions. Ambassador von Brandt, Prof. Dr. Mattoo, and Prof. Dr. Narlikar will discuss the range of competing interests and the impact of the developments on regional and global order. Video of event available.

    Panel Discussion | 08/11/2021

    The Indo-German Partnership in a Changing World

    Our expert panel will discuss the long-standing partnership that India and Germany share in a historical perspective, and identify common interests, the potential for joint future action, and the role their interaction could play on the global stage. This event is part of the India Week Hamburg 2021.

    In Brief | 30/09/2021

    Call for Papers: " Regional Conference on Asian Scripts"

    Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar (GIGA) and Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn (WZB) are organising the SCRIPTS Cluster of Excellence “Regional Conference on Asian Scripts”, 21 to 23 February 2022. Please see the call for papers here and submit your proposals by 10 December. Submissions from scholars working in the region are particularly welcome.

    Blog article | 08/2021

    ‘Pandemic Narratives’ are Key to Understanding the Policy Responses of European Governments to Covid-19

    Prof. Amrita Narlikar and Prof. Cecilia Sottilotta provide an insight into their research on narratives that governments developed to explain COVID-19 related policy responses. The full article is published in the Journal of European Public Policy as part of the special issue "Global Crisis: Policy Responses to COVID-19".

    Cecilia Emma Sottilotta

    Visiting Fellow

    In Brief | 15/07/2021

    Mind the Gap: Priorities for Transatlantic China Policy

    The MSC Distinguished Reflection Group on Transatlantic China Policy has launched its report. GIGA President Amrita Narlikar contributed as member of this group of noted senior specialists with her expertise on multilateralism, international political economy, and geopolitical developments to the timely discussion.

    Cooperation Event | 06/07/2021

    “A Multilateralism for the People”: International Launch of Germany’s White Paper on Multilateralism

    The German Federal Cabinet has recently approved the country’s first White Paper on Multilateralism, "Multilateralism for the People: Adapting the Multilateral Order to the 21st Century". Together with GPPi we organise the launch of the English-language version of this White Paper. Video of the event availiable.

    Policy paper | 11/2021

    Why a Narrative of the #PandemicOfTheUnvaccinated Risks Prolonging the Pandemic

    Prof. Amrita Narlikar and Dr. Cecilia Sottilotta discuss in this paper the responsibility of unvaccinated people for the sudden rise in COVID-19 cases in Europe. This article was republished in Global Policy Opinion.

    Cecilia Emma Sottilotta

    Policy paper | 11/2021

    Why a Narrative of the #PandemicOfTheUnvaccinated Risks Prolonging the Pandemic

    Prof. Amrita Narlikar and Dr. Cecilia Sottilotta discuss in this paper the responsibility of unvaccinated people for the sudden rise in COVID-19 cases in Europe. This article was first published as an ORF Policy Paper.

    Cecilia Emma Sottilotta

    Policy paper | 10/2021

    Three external Risks to Democracy and how to address them

    In this policy paper, Prof. Amrita Narlikar, member of the World Economic Forum and the Global Future Council on Frontier Risks, outline three key areas of external threat that must be addressed to enable an agenda for democratic renewal.

    Blog article | 08/2021

    ‘Pandemic Narratives’ are Key to Understanding the Policy Responses of European Governments to Covid-19

    Prof. Amrita Narlikar and Prof. Cecilia Sottilotta provide an insight into their research on narratives that governments developed to explain COVID-19 related policy responses. The full article is published in the Journal of European Public Policy as part of the special issue "Global Crisis: Policy Responses to COVID-19".

    Cecilia Emma Sottilotta

    Hindustan Times | hindustantimes | Article | 22/07/2020

    China’s belligerence: We are all Hong Kong now | Opinion

    Prof. Dr. Amitabh Mattoo


    Event Series

    Amrita curates the GIGA’s two flagship events: the GIGA Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series and the Global Transitions Conference. Both sets of events bring together leading scholars, practitioners, and the interested public to engage on some of the most pressing challenges of our times. She and her team take the lead on multiple other collaborative formats, including 1.5 dialogues. Recent examples of this engagement and outreach include the Körber Multilateralism Lab, sessions co-organised with the Federal Foreign Office with respect to the White Paper on Multilateralism, the Indo-German Roundtable co-organized with the Observer Research Foundation and KAS, and the annual conference of PIN Processes of International Negotiation.

    Book Talk | 13/12/2021

    The Long Game: How China Negotiates with India

    The GIGA is proud to bring you Ambassador Shri Vijay Gokhale to speak with GIGA President Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar about his book “The Long Game. How the Chinese Negotiate with India”. The audience will have the opportunity to engage in discussion. Video of the event now online!

    GIGA Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series | 25/11/2021

    Retreat from Afghanistan: What it Means for Regional and Global Order

    The withdrawal of the Western forces from Afghanistan leaves behind a country in disarray and many open questions. Ambassador von Brandt, Prof. Dr. Mattoo, and Prof. Dr. Narlikar will discuss the range of competing interests and the impact of the developments on regional and global order. Video of event available.

    Panel Discussion | 08/11/2021

    The Indo-German Partnership in a Changing World

    Our expert panel will discuss the long-standing partnership that India and Germany share in a historical perspective, and identify common interests, the potential for joint future action, and the role their interaction could play on the global stage. This event is part of the India Week Hamburg 2021.

    GIGA event | 27/11/2020

    Indo-German 1.5 Track Dialogue, 2020

    The Indo-German 1.5 Track Dialogue was launched in the context of the intergovernmental consultations in Delhi in 2019. The exchange of think-tanks and diplomats is envisioned to become a pillar of the bilateral relations between both countries. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Indo-German 1.5 Track Dialogue will have to take place as a digital format.

    GIGA Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series | 30/06/2020

    Geopolitical Implications of COVID-19

    The GIGA is honoured to present to you a (virtual) GIGA Distinguished Speaker Lecture by NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg. He will speak on “Geopolitical Implications of COVID-19”. Video of the event availiable.

    GIGA Global Transitions Conference | 07/12/2020

    Global Order is Dead, Long Live Global Order? Taking Stock in 2020

    The GIGA Global Transitions Conference 2020 on the global order – under the lead of Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar and Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner – will seek reflection on the current state of the world and an exchange of ideas for ways forward.

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