Dr. Timo Lochocki


Mercator Senior Fellowship

Granting institution

Period of the Fellowship

August 2022 - July 2023

Project title

The National Interest of the Federal Republic of Germany

Project description

During his Fellowship, Timo Lochocki addresses the conditions for transparent and sustainable German policy reform. To achieve this, the concept of “national interest” is introduced. He defines the “national interest” as a long-term orientation of German politics that extends over several legislative periods, exists independently of party-political interests and lobbying influences, and places the interests of society as a whole at the center of political action.

Short biography

Dr. Timo Lochocki’s PhD in 2014 on the reasons for the rise and fall of right-wing populist parties made him abruptly known in political Berlin. He subsequently worked until 2018 as a policy advisor at the German Marshall Fund (GMF) in Berlin, Washington, and Paris to facilitate far-reaching foreign and migration policy reforms. At the same time, he taught at several international universities.

In 2019, he moved to the management staff of the German Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) with the task of pushing long-term social reforms. These had to take a back seat to the management of the pandemic of the century, Covid-19, starting in 2020. During this time, he led Strategic Planning in the Management Staff of the Federal Ministry, where he was responsible for International Relations, Social Reforms and Corona Policy Guidelines.