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Group.png Marshall Memorial Fellowship
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FounderGerman Marshall Fund of the United States
SubpageMarshall Memorial Fellowship/2011
Marshall Memorial Fellowship/2012
Marshall Memorial Fellowship/2013
Marshall Memorial Fellowship/2014
Marshall Memorial Fellowship/2017
Marshall Memorial Fellowship/2018
Marshall Memorial Fellowship/2019-2020
Marshall Memorial Fellowship/2022
Membership• Andrew Kolb
• Patrick Schaefer
• David Mazuca
• Ajit Pai
• Erik Paulsen
• Cal Cunningham
• Petrit Selimi
• Dávid Korányi
• Sheila Lirio Marcelo
• Roland Theis
• Adam Bodnar
• Zsuzsanna Szelényi
• Patrick N. Millsaps
• Sewell Chan
• Michael Rubio
• Scott Holcomb
• Jiří Šitler
• Roland Theis
• Tarik Mete
• Walter Homolka
• Catriona Graham
• Tanya Menon
• John Boerstler
• Jennifer Algire
• David L. Howard
• Kevin Hicks
• Brooks Raiford
• Matthew King
• Emerald de Leeuw
• Sara Gelser Blouin
• Sanjay Parekh
• Michael Auslin
• Özcan Mutlu
• Scott Holcomb
• Nelson Harris
• Hussein Samatar
• Dylan Orr
• Elizabeth Glidden
• Stacey Abrams
• Dori Tunstall
• Miriam Hollstein
• Adam Bodnar
• Bilkay Öney
• Nicholas Yatromanolakis
• Tonya Allen
• Jeff Aronoff
• Brian P. Balasia
• Nicole de Beaufort
• Randall Fogelman
• Tom Habitz
• Wendy Jackson
• Tricia Llewellyn
• Katy Locker
• Sean Mann
• Michael Medow
• Kirk Mayes
• Danielle North
• Lisa Nuszkowski
• Shani Penn
• Marlowe Stoudamire
• Donnell White
• Carina Yanish
• Ivan Khilobok
• Thodoris Georgakopoulos
• Sabina Maria Ciofu
• Bruno Selun
• Vlad Voiculescu
• Simonida Kacarska
• Bernardo Pires de Lima
• Joost Taverne
• Håvard Sandvik
• Svjetlana Vukic
• Nikos Kakavoulis
• Boyko Blagoev
• Marvin Wilmoth
• Alejandra O. Ceja
• Emmanuel Macron
• Federica Mogherini
• Allan Silberbrandt
• Thomas Larsen (1964)
• Stefan Hermann
• Jeppe Kofod
• Thomas Lund-Sørensen
• Karolina Wigura
• Aneta Wilmańska
• Dariusz Lasocki
• Oana-Silvia Țoiu
• Sebastian Burduja
• Udo Ulfkotte
• Boris Walbaum
• Dimitris Tsingos
• Rickey Bevington
• Jonathan Siegler
• Ahmed Aboutaleb
• Aurelien Colson
• Rui Gonçalves
• Annie Maxwell
• Helga Flores Trejo
• Annalena Baerbock
• Timotej Šooš
• Ion Skidu
• Vlad Mixich
• Bartholomäus Grill
• Thomas Wiedemann
• Said Abdu
• Katarina Tracz
• Ebba Martensson
• Johanna Suo
• Tamás Bodoky
• Paula De Castro
• Austin Arensberg
• Andrew Price
• Nadje el Fertasi
• Carlo Mannoni
• Jeffrey Aronoff
• Ulrich Guntram
• Viktor Orban
• Peter Broertjes
• Connie Hedegaard
• Ivailo Kalfin
• Ivan Miklos
• Helge Sanders
• Joyce Chang
• Kristian Jensen
• Jose Socrates
• Piotr Pacewicz
• Ethan Berkowitz
• Lars Barfoed
• Klaus Walther
• Bernd von Maltzen
• Eva Kjer Hansen
• Hartwig von Schubert
• Dan Dionisie
• André de Margerie
• Jose Lemos
• Dobroslaw Rodziewicz
• Evripidis Stylianidis
• Jean-Christophe Bas
• Klaus Frandsen
• Bertrand Badré
• Poul Madsen
• Friedbert Pflüger
• Sava Chiser
• Sokol Dervishaj
• Nike Irvin
• Raffaella Menichini
• Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz
• Inez Dentinho
• Bernard Manin
• Victoria Bucataru
• Robert Zoellick
• Hugo Paemen
• Robert Kagan
• Todd Stern
• Lee Feinstein
• Volker Stanzel
• Ruprecht Polenz
• Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger
Fellowship program created by the CIA-close German Marshall Fund, mostly of powerful mid-level operatives

Not to be confused with a Marshall Scholarship.

The German Marshall Fund of the United States, one of the most important CIA front organizations, awards 75 Marshall Memorial Fellowships each year to candidates from all sectors, including business, government and civil society.

“The Marshall Memorial Fellowship is like an all-access pass to the top European political, economic, and social institutions.”
Nike Irvin (2007)  [1]
German Marshall Fund Trustee

Most of the Fellows are mid-level people, meaning that most of them don't have an entry in Wikispooks yet. But the positions they hold are powerful, and the Agency-close GMF has created an extensive cadre of journalists, NGOs, academics, politicians and others. It people chosen in European and US state and city level politics and administration is particularly noticeable.

The MMF alumni network numbers more than 2,500 leaders. Their transatlantic engagement continues throughout their careers with GMF alumni projects, seminars, and major events.[2]

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Green politician Annalena Baerbock (2011) and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini (2007) have all gone through the program[3][4][5][6].

Mogherini mentioned the great value of her participation in GMF’s Marshall Memorial Fellowship Program in 2007 as an important part of her career and for her personal experience.[7]

Program Layout

When it was founded in 1982, the program was envisaged as a "major traveling fellowship program, under which Europeans of potential influence in their fields, principally between the ages of 25 and 35, will be selected to come to the United States for periods of three to eight weeks for carefully structured travel or internships focused on the general areas of their interest or expertise."

In 1982, the first class of nine fellows traveled to the United States. The following year, fellows from Denmark, France, and the Netherlands were added to the program The program continued to grow and develop through the 1980s, and in the early 1990s, MMF expanded to Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia in quick succession In 1999, the program sent US fellows to Europe for the first time, and later the program expanded to include leadership candidates from the Western Balkans and Turkey.[8]

It relies on 6 months of distance learning and 24 days of first-hand experience to facilitate knowledge and network development for effective transatlantic engagement. [2]

The exchange program begins in Washington, DC, where all the fellows meet to learn about the similarities and differences between Europe and the United States. Each fellow then visits a total of five communities across the Atlantic and benefits from more than 100 engagements with prominent policymakers, opinion leaders, and decision-makers, as well as leaders of change.[2]

The majority of the program consists of a group experience, but time is set aside in each community for fellows to conduct their individual appointments. Regular debriefs provide an opportunity for fellows to reflect on their experience together and identify opportunities for transfers of knowledge and best practice.[2]

At the end of the exchange, each fellow submits an opinion piece or a photo essay on a shared transatlantic concern or professional leadership takeaway. A select few are then published on the GMF website. The program concludes with a final program debrief that takes place one month after the exchange program, after which "a lifelong engagement with the GMF" continues.[2]

“I was invited by the think-tank The German Marshall Fund of the United States as a fellow. I was to visit the United States for six weeks. It was fully paid. During these six weeks I could...this think-tank has very close connections to the CIA, to this day, they acquired contacts in the CIA for me and they got me access to American politicians, to everyone I wanted. Above all, they showered me with gifts.

There one told me, they knew exactly, 'hello, you were [earlier] on a diving course in Oman...' The CIA knew very precisely. And the CIA also gave me something: The diving gear. I received the diving gear in the United States, and I received an invitation from the state of Oklahoma from the governor. I went there. It was a small ceremony, and I received an honorary citizenship.

I am now honorary citizen of an American state. And in this, it is written that I will only cover the US positively. I accepted this honorary citizenship and was quite proud over it. I proudly told about it to a colleague who worked in the US. He said 'Ha, I already have 31 of these honorary citizenships!' I don't tell about this to be witty, today I am ashamed, really.

I was greedy. I accepted many advantages that a regular citizen at my age in my occupation doesn't have, and shouldn't have. But I perceived it - and that is no excuse - as entirely normal, because my colleagues around me all did the same. But this isn't normal. When journalists are invited to think-tanks in the US, like German Marshall Fund, Atlantic Bridge to 'bring them in line', for friendly making them complicit, naturally to buy them, to grease them with money.”
Udo Ulfkotte[citation needed]


There are only membership lists available for a few years, from around 2011. The other alumni are are gathered from miscellaneous sources mostly search engines and Wikipedia. [9][10][11][12]

Select Examples

  • Ambassador Hugo Paemen, former permanent representative of the European Union to the United States.


Known members

19 of the 155 of the members already have pages here:

Ahmed AboutalebMayor of Rotterdam. Attended the 2016 Bilderberg
Stacey AbramsUp-and-coming American politician in the Democratic Party. Marshall Memorial Fellow
Bertrand BadréFrench banker with SDS connections
Annalena Baerbock"A perfect product of transatlantic leader selection."
Klaus-Dieter FrankenbergerTransatlantic German editor
Connie HedegaardDanish politician, multi-Bilderberger
Kristian Jensen
Thomas Lund-SørensenDanish diplomat and spook who later started working for Macro Advisory Partners. Marshall Memorial Fellow 1999.
Emmanuel MacronFrench deep state operative banker, named a possible blackmail victim of Trump.
Sheila Lirio MarceloFilipino-American businesswoman who received easy venture capital funding. Marshall Memorial Fellowship. Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011.
Ivan MiklošWEF/Global Leaders for Tomorrow/2000. Attended the 2005 Bilderberg as Slovakia/Minister of Finance.
Federica MogheriniItalian politician, WEF
Viktor OrbánWEF-backed Hungarian PM who had a "coronavirus law" passed to allow him rule by decree during the state of emergency for an indefinite period<a href="#cite_note-1">[1]</a>, which CNN termed an "outrageous power grab".
Ajit PaiFCC Chair under Trump, where he planned to do away with net neutrality rules. Marshall Memorial Fellow.
Ruprecht PolenzGerman politician. Proponent of Turkish membership in the EU.
Allan SilberbrandtDanish journalist and editor. Marshall Memorial Fellow.
Jose SocratesPortuguese PM responsible for austerity program after 2008
Udo UlfkotteFormer editor of a German broadsheet who exposed press corruption while also subscribing to Islamophobic views.
Robert ZoellickWorld Bank president, White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Multiple deep state connections