Making policies work

Maëlle Salzinger


Maëlle Salzinger, a French national, is a Junior Policy Officer in the Peace, security & resilience and the Inclusive governance & accountability workstreams and the Gender Focal Point for the Peaceful societies and accountable governance cluster. Her work focuses on security and climate risks in the Sahel region, and on advancing gender equality and women’s participation in the peace and security domain, and in broader political processes.

Maelle studied Political Science and International Public Management for her Bachelor and Master at Sciences Po Paris, France, following courses on public policy analysis, evaluation and negotiation. Maelle is interested in the fields of peacebuilding, international development and how they interact with one another, as well as in applying a gender perspective throughout her work.

Before Joining ECDPM, Maelle has performed various internships in the public and private sectors. For instance, she was Programme Assistant Intern at the consultancy firm Transition International (Netherlands) working for the Gender and Social inclusion Desk. She also worked for the NGO M.A.Y. (Menstruation and You, France), to raise awareness on menstrual health and girls’ education, and at a local administration in France (Conseil Départemental de Moselle). For one year, as part of a collective project between her university and the NGO Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS France), she volunteered to conduct research on refugee labour market integration in France, and help orient asylum seekers to available educational and work opportunities.

Pre-ECDPM assignments

  • Programme Assistant Intern at Transition International, Netherlands
  • International Partnerships Intern, M.A.Y (Menstruation and You)
  • Risk & Compliance Trainee, Arendt & Medernach ; Regulatory Trainee, Arendt Regulatory and Consulting (Luxembourg)
  • Intern, Direction of Assemblies, Conseil Départemental de Moselle (France)
  • Research & Advocacy Assistant, Sciences Po Collective Project with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) France


Climate responses in the Central Sahel: Three lessons beyond COP26
ECDPM commentary, Maelle Salzinger, 1 November 2021

Maëlle Salzinger

Junior Policy Officer




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