Johanna Kleffmann
MA Political Science
Junior Manager Business Development

Johanna Kleffmann works as Junior Manager for Business Development at adelphi and focuses on the topic of resources and conflicts. In the area of business development, she is responsible for identifying relevant projects implemented by German and international institutions. She further develops and coordinates technical proposals. In the area of resources and conflicts, she contributes to risk evaluations.

Before joining adelphi, Johanna was Regional Coordinator at Crisis Simulation for Peace (CRISP), a non-profit organisation in Berlin. In this capacity, she designed simulation games and projects on civil conflict management and civic education. During her time at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Mexico City, she assisted a project on institutional strengthening for the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation. In this context, she helped design an evaluation and monitoring system for the Mexican agency and prepared an international conference on the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. As Head of Working Group and Researcher at the Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research, she advised on conflicts in Latin America and published widely about conflicts in Mexico. While completing an internship at the German Embassy in Costa Rica, Johanna engaged with issues of political and economic cooperation.

Johanna holds a Master's degree in Political Science from Freie Universität Berlin and the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. During her studies, she specialised in research on armed conflicts, organised crime, and peacebuilding as well as any overlap with development cooperation. As part of her master's thesis, she analysed risk mitigation strategies of international peacebuilding projects in post-conflict settings affected by organised crime. Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), she conducted a four-month field research in Colombia. Previously, she completed a Bachelor's degree in Political Science at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. Johanna is Capacity WORKS certified.