Dr. Jens-Ulrich Poppen

Jens Ulrich Poppen

Jens-Ulrich holds a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and PhD in International Relations.

He has worked as a Governance specialist in Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean for the past ten years. He has previously served as the British Council Director Partnerships Caribbean from 2013 to 2015 and as Programme Officer with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Port of Spain from 2009 to 2013 delivering projects and advocacy campaigns in the area of anti-corruption, parliamentary development, corporate social responsibility, human rights and civic engagement.

At the British Council, his responsibilities included resource mobilisation and business development across the Caribbean region including managing the Council’s corporate relations with international donors, civil society partners as well as multilateral development organisations. In his previous assignment at UNDP, Jens-Ulrich was responsible for managing the agency’s democratic governance project portfolio covering a broad range of development interventions including the institutional strengthening of Parliament as well as nation-building and constitutional transition projects (in the Dutch Caribbean), anti-corruption and corporate sustainability. His interest in business ethics, social impact investment and corporate governance led to the publication of the 80-page UNDP report ‘The View from the Boardroom – CEO Study on Corporate Responsibility in Trinidad and Tobago’ in 2012.

Since returning from a 6-month sabbatical pursuing Arabic language studies in Amman, Jordan in 2015, he has been enrolled in the University of London’ International Programme pursuing his Bachelor of Law (LLB) full-time.

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