We provide tailor-made consulting and project management services
BiRD (Bureau for Institutional Reform and Democracy) was founded in 1998 as a limited liability company in Munich, Germany, where we are still headquartered. Aspiring to make a real difference and convinced that properly functioning democratic institutions are at the core of societal and individual well-being, development and fulfillment, our founders laid their focus on the then still new governance sector. During the early days of the company, we implemented mostly short-term technical assistance (TA) projects, but soon started partnering for and even leading long-term TA projects commissioned by the European Commission. And still today, we engage in strengthening democratic institutions, promotion of the rule of law, support to civil society – to only name a few – while always extending our fields of activities in the various sectors, we work in. Next to our TA projects, a second pillar has always been central to our work: conducting evaluations, analyses and studies in various development-related sectors for NGOs, public institutions and multilateral organisations.
Dunja (MA in International Relations) heads our business development and technical assistance pillar and represents our company in international consortia.
Markus (PhD in Political Science) has been with BiRD since 1998. Motto: enhancing democracy requires analytical rigor and political pragmatism.
Benjamin joined BiRD in 2017. He holds a M.Sc. in Human Security and is passionate about Climate Change-related topics.
Hanna joined BiRD in 2017. She holds a MA in International Relations. One core topic she is passionate about is gender.
Farina joined BiRD in 2022. She holds a MA in War and Conflict Studies. A topic she is interested in is the correlation between climate change and human security.
Silke has been with BiRD since 2008 in different positions. She supports our project management team from Munich and is the perfect person to contact for any kind of administrative matters.
Kamil is responsible for supporting our project management, mainly through recruiting experts and maintaining our database. He holds a BA in International Relations, and speaks Russian, English and German.
Altynai is responsible for supporting our project management, mainly through recruiting experts and maintaining our database. She holds a MA in Business Administration. Altynai is a native Kyrgyz and fluent in Russian and English.
Walanga is responsible for supporting the management of short-and long-term projects. She holds a MA in Human Rights and Democratization. Walanga is native in Pashto, and fluent in Russian, English, Persian and Hindi.
Daniel has founded BiRD in 1998 and is until today its sole shareholder.