Dr. Katarina Barley , General Secretary of SPD
Dr. Katarina Barley is a lawyer and a German politician (SPD) and the General Secretary of the Social Democratic Party since 2015. She was born in 1968 in Cologne and has two children. She was elected to the Deutsche Bundestag for the first time in 2013 for the electoral districts Bitburg-Prümand Bernkastel-Wittlichzum. In the same year, she was appointed Chief Counsel of the SPD parliamentary group. Dr. Barley joined the SPD in 1994. Since 2005 she is a Member of the district committee of Trier-Saarburg – initially as an observer and since 2010 as a chairwoman. Since 2008 Barley works as a consultant in the Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection in Rhineland-Palatinate. She is, among others, Member of Provincial Officials Advisory Board of ver.di, Liaison Lecturer of the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation and a member of the German Red Cross.
Niels Annen, Member of German Parliament
Niels Annen currently serves in the German Parliament representing the electoral district Hamburg-Eimsbüttel and is a member of the SPD’s executive committee. MP Niels Annen is a foreign policy leader in the SPD and, since 2014, Spokesman on Foreign Affairs of the SPD Parliamentary Group. Just as in his first term as MP (2005-2009) he is a permanent member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. He is furthermore a substitute member of the Committee on Economics and Energy. His work focuses on Latin America as well as the Middle East, and Central Asia. He is the Chairman of the Parliamentarian Friendship Group for Relations with the States of South Asia. He is also particularly interested in transatlantic relations.
From 2010 to 2011 Niels Annen has been a Senior Fellow with the German Marshall Fund in Washington, D.C. Prior to his reelection to the Bundestag in 2013 he worked for the International Policy Analysis (IPA) unit of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Berlin. MP Annen holds a BA in History and Spanish from the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and a Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C.