Isabel Skierka is a research analyst at the Digital Society Institute at the ESMT Berlin. Her areas of expertise include cybersecurity, digital policy, e-governance, and international security. At DSI, her research is supported by a grant from the TÜV NORD Group.
Isabel is pursuing a PhD with Prof. Dr. Dr. Robert Krimmer at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance at Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia.
She is currently working on projects focusing on the state of cybersecurity in Germany and Europe, e-governance (specifically, trustworthy e-identity management), and safety and security in the Internet of Things.
Isabel Skierka is also non-resident fellow with the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin and serves as a co-chair of the Internet Governance Forum Germany’s steering committee.
Prior to joining the ESMT, Isabel was a research associate with GPPi for two years 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 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 semester 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