Congressional European Parliamentary Initiative
CEPI 2018 began with a week in Washington, DC and New York City. In Washington, partiticpants met with experts in information technology and artificial intelligence at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and the Brookings Institution before hearing about the U.S. federal government's approach to diverse aspects of the digital economy at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, Federal Communications Commission, the National Security Council, and more. In New York, CEPI 2018 learned about the interactions between civil society and the private sector with meetings at Google, the World Economic Forum, German Accelerator, and several start-ups.
The CEPI 2018 participants' tour of Brussels and Berlin provided insight into the European perspective, with meetings at the European Commission, European Parliament, and the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, among others.
Julia Wiechers is policy adviser to Tankred Schipanski, Member of Parliament and spokesperson of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group on the Digital Agenda.
Jacob Schrot is Chief of Staff to Prof. Dr. Stephan Harbarth MP, Vice-Chairman of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag.
Marie Sophie Held is since June 2017 Head of Office to Katharina Dröge, Member of the German Bundestag and Parliamentary Secretary for Alliance 90/The Greens.
European Parliament Fellows
Mark Beamish is an administrator for the secretariat of the Internal Market committee in the European Parliament, and he previously worked for the secretariat of the Industry Committee (ITRE).
Adam Bowering is Head of Office to Claude Moraes, Chair of the European Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE).
Sabina Ciofu is Policy Advisor at the European Parliament, focusing on tech-related legislation, trade and EU-US relations.
Hugo Cordova is an administrator at the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy of the European Parliament, where Hugo supports the legislative process through facilitating the negotiations, giving policy advice and ensuring that internal rules and procedures are followed.
U.S. Congress Fellows
T. Michael Andrews is the Chief Counsel and Majority Staff Director for the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) chaired by Senator John Hoeven (R-ND).
Katherine Mongé serves as Senior Policy Adviser to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. She advises the Leader on legislative and regulatory issues related to trade, tax, social security, and pensions.
Loren Ponds serves as a Tax Counsel for the majority staff of the Ways and Means Committee.
Private Sector Fellows
Murat Vurucu co-launched Latentine to tackle the toughest scientific challenges in data.
Rachel Wolbers is the Policy Director at Engine, a non-profit that advocates on behalf of startups.
Paul Wolter studied Media Business and European Economic Studies. He is a communication professional, focused on Public Relations and Public Affairs.