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The CIFE Team

Matthias Waechter CIFE Director General Executive Master

Dr Matthias Waechter

Director General

Matthias Waechter was born in Bonn in 1965. After his studies of History and Philosophy at the Universities of Bonn, Freiburg, Paris, and Rochester, he took his PhD at the University of Freiburg in 1994. In the same year, he joined the faculty of the history department of the University of Freiburg, where he received his "Habilitation" in 2004. He was a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute Paris in 1997/98 and a Fulbright Fellow at New York University in 1999. In 2000, he joined the Institut Européen des Hautes Etudes Internationales, first as a DAAD Visiting Professor and since 2005 as its Director.

He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Freiburg and teaches international relations at EDHEC Business school. In 2010, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). He specializes in U.S. history, contemporary France, Franco-German relations and European integration. In his research, he focuses on problems of collective identity, historical consciousness, political myths and transnational intellectuals. For his book Die Erfindung des amerikanischen Westens. Die Geschichte der Frontier-Debatte (1996), he received the Gerhard Ritter Prize. His book Der Mythos des Gaullismus. Heldenkult, Geschichtspolitik und Ideologie (2006) was awarded with the Franco-German Parliamentary Prize and the DaimlerChrysler Services Prize.

Camille Raffin CIFE Executive Master Berlin Nice

Camille Raffin

Senior Programme Manager

Camille Raffin holds a Master in English and German languages and a Diploma in Business administration and has studied in Paris, France and Birmingham, UK.
She has worked for international companies and works with the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) since 2015, first as a Project Manager, then a Senior Programme Manager of the Executive Master in EU Studies.

Aline Palige CIFE Berlin

Aline Palige

Senior Programme Manager

Aline Palige is a European citizen with an EU Law background. Working for CIFE since more than 10 years, in charge of the Executive Master in EU Studies programme and of International Youth Exchane programmes in the Balkan region in cooperation with the Franco-German Youth Office and of the publication of the CIFE Policy Papers.

Alina Haenler CIFE Executive Master EU Studies Berlin

Alina Haenler

Programme Assistant

Alina Haenler is native Berliner with a sustainability background. She completed her international Master in Global Change Management at the HNEE in Eberswalde. She had several study and work-related stays in France and joined CIFE in 2023 as a Programme Assistant for the Executive Master in EU Studies.


The Board of Examination and Studies

Andras Inotai VKI Budapest Economics

Wolfgang Wessels CIFE Berlin Cologne Institution Council

Matthias Waechter CIFE Director General Executive Master

Prof. András Inotai

Institute of World Economics

Prof. Mattias Wendel

University of Leipzig

Prof. Wolfgang Wessels

CETEUS - Jean Monnet Chair, University of Cologne

Dr Matthias Waechter

Centre international de formation européenne