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


    In Brief | 18/01/2023

    GIGA President Professor Amrita Narlikar Serves as Co-Chair of Think20 Taskforce

    Think20 (T20) invited GIGA President Professor Amrita Narlikar to serve as a Co-Chair of Taskforce 3: Lifestyle for Environment, Resilience, and Values for Wellbeing during India’s G20 Presidency in 2023. T20 is an official G20 engagement group.

    Global Policy | Interview | 05/01/2023

    “The West uses double standards” - An Interview with Amrita Narlikar

    GIGA President Prof. Amrita Narlikar shares her insights on what leads to arrogance towards the Global South, what German foreign policy can do better and why India does not belong in the same corner as China.

    Internationale Politik | Interview | 02/01/2023

    Der Westen misst mit zweierlei Maß

    GIGA Präsidentin Prof. Amrita Narlikar teilt ihre Expertise zu den Themen, wozu die Arroganz gegenüber dem Globalen Süden führt und was die deutsche Außenpolitik besser machen kann.

    Blog Article | 12/2022

    How not to do Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion in Academia: Ten Commandments

    GIGA President Prof. Amrita Narlikar and Dr. Cecilia Sottilotta outline ten pitfalls to avoid when working on Equal opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in social science and beyond.

    Cecilia Emma Sottilotta

    Formerly Visiting Fellow

    Chapter in Edited Volume | 11/2022

    Trade Governance: the Politics of Prosperity, Development and Weaponization

    This chapter analyzes the origins, evolution, and crisis of trade governance. Among others, Prof. Narlikar discusses difficulties and bargains of the multilateral order, and also provides directions of reform. She evaluates the GATT and WTO, weaponized interdependence, and the role of the Global South.

    International Affairs | 09/2022

    How not to negotiate: the case of trade multilateralism

    The WTO has become an almost perfect example of how not to negotiate. In this article, GIGA President Prof. Narlikar identifies three broad categories of bargaining failures and explores the impact of narratives on the course of events, giving us a clear list of dos and don’ts for international negotiation.

    Cooperation Event | 28/11/2022 - 30/11/2022

    Liberal Script(s) — Asian Versions and Contestations of a Concept

    This conference addresses the broad theme of Asian scripts (liberal or not) and asks how Asian states organise themselves and ally/partner with each other based on these scripts’ political/ economic features. It is hosted by the Cluster of Excellence SCRIPTS under the lead of GIGA President Prof. Amrita Narlikar and Prof. Michael Zürn.

    Policy Paper | 09/2022

    German Feminist Foreign Policy: An Inside-Outside Perspective

    In this article, GIGA President Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar discusses German feminist foreign policy from an intersectional and inclusive perspective. This article is translated into Hindi.

    Blog Article | 12/2022

    How not to do Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion in Academia: Ten Commandments

    GIGA President Prof. Amrita Narlikar and Dr. Cecilia Sottilotta outline ten pitfalls to avoid when working on Equal opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in social science and beyond.

    Cecilia Emma Sottilotta

    Formerly Visiting Fellow

    Chapter in Edited Volume | 11/2022

    Trade Governance: the Politics of Prosperity, Development and Weaponization

    This chapter analyzes the origins, evolution, and crisis of trade governance. Among others, Prof. Narlikar discusses difficulties and bargains of the multilateral order, and also provides directions of reform. She evaluates the GATT and WTO, weaponized interdependence, and the role of the Global South.

    International Affairs | 09/2022

    How not to negotiate: the case of trade multilateralism

    The WTO has become an almost perfect example of how not to negotiate. In this article, GIGA President Prof. Narlikar identifies three broad categories of bargaining failures and explores the impact of narratives on the course of events, giving us a clear list of dos and don’ts for international negotiation.

    Policy Paper | 09/2022

    German Feminist Foreign Policy: An Inside-Outside Perspective

    In this article, GIGA President Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar discusses German feminist foreign policy from an intersectional and inclusive perspective. This article is translated into Hindi.

    Un Pasquín | Interview | 07/08/2022

    Todo el mundo debe ser tratado en forma equitativa y justa

    Un Pasquín translated and published important parts of the interview between GIGA President Amrita Narlikar with journalist Carsten Germis on diversity in International Relations and science.

    CNBC | Quote | 18/07/2022

    ‘Unprecedented urgency’ may have pushed India and the EU to revive trade talks after 9 years

    GIGA President Professor Amrita Narlikar has shared her expert analysis on the revival of India-EU trade talks in a recent news article for CNBC.

    Der Tagesspiegel | Interview | 15/05/2022

    Die Armen bezahlen für die Sanktionen

    GIGA President Prof Amrita Narlikar discusses Russia's war, German armaments and double standards in the Tagesspiegel.


    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.

    Cooperation Event | 21/09/2022

    How NOT to Do Foreign Policy

    For the launch of the International Affairs Centenary special issue “International relations: the ‘how not to’ guide”, Chatham House invites for a discussion with Prof. Drezner, Prof. Narlikar, and Prof. Rosoux on how policymakers and researchers can learn from the worst pitfalls. Video is online.

    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.

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