Steffen Krüger

Steffen Krüger’s 20 year career in democracy, good governance and civic education has spanned three continents, Africa, North America and Europe, and a range of institutions, including the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, World Learning and Fintrac.  Mr. Krüger is currently the Deputy Team Leader for Africa at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAF), a leading political think tank and training organization. As the Deputy Team Leader, Mr. Krüger focuses on elections, capacity building and political analyses.  Previously, Mr. Krüger served as the KAF Country Director in Kinshasa, DR Congo from 2012 to 2015 and the KAF Deputy Regional West Africa Program Manager based in Cotonou, Benin from 2003 to 2006. Between these two field assignments, Mr. Krüger advanced a civic education agenda through his work as Senior Program Officer at World Learning, a U.S.-based international NGO and university. Mr. Krüger has worked at the European Union and German parliaments and has a master's in political science and international education.

In his own words:

Though women’s rights have advanced, women face many challenges. In healthcare, education, access to land and capital, freedom from violence, employment, pay equity, political representation and other areas, women are still struggling for more rights. I believe there is a great power in changing the narrative and empowering women through policy efforts, capacity building and more representation. Gender equality furthers the cause of child survival and development for all of society; according to the UN, countries with more gender equality are economically more prosperous. In order to improve the world for women, we must rethink the narrative on each level to inspire girls and women.