Matthias A. Braeunlich is director of AIR’s fully-owned, non-profit subsidiary, A.I.R. Europe Applied Research in the Behavioral Sciences gGmbH (A.I.R. Europe), based in Berlin. His primary responsibilities include leading the development of this new European entity, which will draw on AIR’s reputation and more than 70 years of experience. A.I.R. Europe will initially focus on issues of education (early childhood through secondary), refugees and migrants, youth development, and workforce interventions; trauma, violence, and social protection; and the intersections of these areas. A.I.R. Europe is also developing and supporting Social Impact Bonds models internationally, in Germany and throughout Europe.
Working between Berlin and Geneva, Braeunlich is in charge of building, strengthening, and maintaining international partnerships in the European space, especially with Geneva-based United Nations (U.N.) agencies, Brussels-based EU agencies, German and Europe-based governmental and non-governmental partners, and European foundations, as a member of the European Foundation Council. He is also leading technical direction and management on forced migration projects at AIR and A.I.R. Europe. Dr. Braeunlich has extensive experience in migration management, forced migration protection and development, refugee law, legal advice and policy setting, human rights processes, the U.N., and the wider humanitarian system.
Previously, Dr. Braeunlich worked at and led initiatives for a number of U.N. agencies and taught and conducted research on international law, refugee law and forced migration, and human rights at a number of academic institutions. He has also led advocacy work at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International. Dr. Braeunlich holds a Ph.D. in International Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva with focus on international law, development, and forced migration, and a Master’s degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He also holds a law degree from Germany and started his career as a banker in private banking in Frankfurt am Main and Munich.