The School of Public Affairs Association is back!
- © AEAP 2017
The School of Public Affairs is proud to present the new office of the Association of Public Affairs School (AEAP) composed of almost twenty-five students from the different policy streams of the School.
Felix Fournier, President of AEAP; Wael Abdallah; Communication Coordinator and Katharina Mehrhardt, Head of Energy, Resources and Sustainable Development, tell you more about their ambitions to enhance your experience at Sciences Po School of Public Affairs.
What were your motivations for joining the AEAP?
Felix Fournier, President of AEAP
This year, we will follow the path set by the previous teams and offer all students the keys to making informed choices about their future careers by organizing events, after works and networking sessions. This obviously includes informative presentations on French civil service examinations, but also, more and more, all the private companies that work closely with the public sector. We also strive to reinforce School spirit around festive and informal events. We are committed to strengthening the integration of foreign students (who represent an important part of the School) by building links with French students, organizing visits of Parisian institutions and mixers. We are currently planning to organize a great event that would allow a merging of cultures represented within Sciences Po. We worked hard, moreover, to be representative within the Association of the diversity of the School of Public Affairs. Indeed, we enforce sex equality, our members come from the university college of Sciences Po as well as from other schools, they have eclectic educational and professional backgrounds and reflect the richness of Sciences Po.
Wael Abdallah, Communication Coordinator
When I decided to join the AEAP, I was still in Beirut, Lebanon, as an intern in an American peacebuilding organisation working in the middle east. Political and non-verbal communication is one of my greatest passions since I am in Sciences Po, which was a major motivation for me to take part into the AEAP as Communications Coordinator. I am deeply convinced associative activity is a major cause of Sciences Po’s outstanding reputation, as it makes us more aware of the diversity of the environment we study in. I previously took part in many associations and societies, be it in Menton (Sciences Po’s campus for the MENA region studies) or in Bath, UK, where I spent my Erasmus year.
Katharina Mehrhardt, , Head of Energy, Resources and Sustainable Development
The AEAP is a very strong and important link between the students of the different policy streams and the administration of the School of Public Affairs. As I am in charge of the “Energy, Resources and Sustainability” policy stream, I am given the opportunity to organise visits, conferences and after works bridging all the fields of this sector. I it a great pleasure for me to plan and carry out this kind of events, with such a cohesive and motivated team!
What are your priorities for the coming year?
I have always wanted to commit myself to School life. However, I never really had the opportunity in the past. Luckily, Sciences Po associative life is quite diverse and offers a wide range of possibilities. With all the members of the Association, I chose to put all my efforts into developing student life, with constant concern of making Sciences Po School of Public Affairs’ reputation even better than it already is. The Association of the School of Public Affairs is indeed at the crossroads of school and professional world. We are committed to offering all students, with the help of the administration, a multitude of opportunities to meet professionals, experts, develop their network and open up to the world. Being allowed to stimulate such a dynamic within the Association is a real honor, but also a demanding mission.
The work of last year’s team paid off, because they understood how to adapt to the School’s evolutions. This year, in means of communication, we will focus on several points. First, be present on even more social networks, while reinforcing existing ones. Second, refresh the association’s website, redefine its role to reduce pressure on our Facebook page. Third, open-up even more to the international students (more than 30% this year), who are in constant increase in Sciences Po. Finally, we decided to reduce printing as much as possible, in order to be more respectful of the environment.
Regarding my policy stream, I emphasize on renewable sources of energy. It is important to make the voices of those who want energetic transition in France and Europe heard. As one of the only German in the Master in European Affairs in the AEAP, I believe I represent the international dimension of this association. I will therefore integrate a European perspective to the events I am planning to organise.
If you could invite anyone (alive or not) to one of your conference, who would that be?
I must say that I have always dreamed of meeting Andre Malraux; probably for its nefarious reputation. It is simply amazing that someone could have been, in a lifetime, a soldier of the Spanish Civil War, an antifascist militant in Nazi Germany, French Minister of Culture and a genius writer, as well as an artwork thief in Cambodia and an inveterate liar. His life illustrates perfectly, polemics aside, the diversity and richness of the paths that Sciences Po students will follow: a strong commitment to public affairs, a role to play in the course of events and an increased curiosity for the world and its diversity.
Amin Maalouf, from the French Academy, alive and well! The literary work of this immense writer corresponds to my vision of identity: fully malleable, detailed, and at the end of the day, impossible to define objectively. This was made particularly clear in “In the Name of Identity: Violence and the Need to Belong” (2000). Every man and women is built-up of experiences and impressions, each “compartment” of his or her identity expressing itself when it feels threatened. This might be what both eastern and western societies lack nowadays: adaptability, to understand that contradiction and multiplicity are in each and every individual.
I appreciate ambitious and realistic projetcs - I would invite living personalities who are building up tomorrow's political and institutional landscape. If I was given carte blanche, I would invite Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, to discuss their perspectives and ambitions for the future of the European Union. The Franco-German couple is primordial for Europe, as it bears the capacity to make significant and progressive reforms.