Tillmann Heidelk


I am a PhD candidate at the European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES) / Solvay Business School in Brussels, funded by the Belgian Scientific Research Fund (FNRS; FRESH), with 5+ years experience working in international organizations and 6+ years experience leading international nonprofit organizations.

My research focusses on the attainment of education, the value of education in the labor market, and the dynamics in the labor market after an external event such as an earthquake, especially in developing countries. My PhD supervisors are Paula Gobbi (web, twitter) and Philip Verwimp (web).

I possess strong leadership skills, for example gained by founding and leading Young European Leadership, an award-winning international nonpartisan and nonprofit organization, leading an international network of organizations, leading the planning and execution of international conferences/events, and guiding and mentoring other young people.

I am an experienced speaker at various conferences/events such as the European Parliament Committee for Education and Youth, UN High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment European Experts Stakeholder Engagement Meeting, United Nations Youth Assembly, Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EFAMA Investment Management Forum, or the C20 Summit.

I am passionate about youth empowerment, gender equality, Europe’s future, innovation, traveling, baking, and photography.