David Dettoni – Managing Director

David Dettoni is the Managing Director of TSA Transatlantische Stiftung für Afrika gGmbH. Prior to serving in Germany with TSA Stiftung fur Afrika, Mr. Dettoni was theDirector of Operations and Outreach at the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), a United States Federal Governmentcommission created by Congress to advise the President and the Congress on policies to promote international religious freedom. Mr. Dettoni led many officialdelegations including to Africa including to countries such as Nigeria, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea. He developed an expertise on persecution, the religious dimension to conflict and to religiously motivated violence/terrorism. Before joining USCIRF, Mr. Dettoni was a Senior Legislative Assistant to Representative Frank R. Wolf a former senior Member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the U.S. Congress. Mr. Dettoni assisted Rep. Wolf in foreign policy, national security, and global human rights initiatives and he was the Co-Staff Director of the U.S. Congressional Human Rights Caucus.


Dr. Josef Braml – Senior Consultant

Dr. Josef Braml joined the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in October 2006 as Editor-in-Chief of DGAP’s Yearbook “Jahrbuch Internationale Politik”, and he is also a Resident Fellow in the Research Program USA / Transatlantic Relations.

Prior to joining DGAP, Dr. Braml was a Senior Research Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP), Berlin, the Project Leader at the Aspen Institute Berlin, a Visiting Scholar at the German-American Center, a Consultant at the World Bank, a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association (APSA), and a member of the Legislative Staff in the US House of Representatives.

He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science (2001) and a Masters in International Business and Cultural Studies, I.B.C.S. (1997) at the University of Passau. He also completed a formal studies program in banking, earning a degree from an accredited banking school (1987).

His areas of specialization include: American views on world order and transatlantic relations; US security, energy and trade policy; domestic, especially economic factors of US foreign policy; comparative governance studies, especially German and US political systems; religion and politics/policy-making in the United States; German and US think tanks. For a list of his numerous publications in English see:

Back to Top