About our expert
Robert (Todd) Becker grew up in Washington D.C. and spent most of his life in Europe, especially in Germany and the Balkans. He continued to study German and Central European history in his master’s and doctoral studies. Between 1966 and 2000, Todd served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. He worked in Athens, Greece and on the Fiji Islands, among others. He spent most of his working life in Berlin, Bonn and Munich. He was mainly concerned with the East-West conflict. In 1990, Todd was appointed Consul General for the Consulate General he reopened in Leipzig. Here, he met his wife Christa and was a co-founder of the International School of Leipzig. Todd has participated in seven international election observations organized by the OSCE, including East Germany in 1990 and West Germany in 2004 as well as in the Ukraine, Belorussia, Montenegro and Croatia. Since 2013, Todd has been giving lectures and seminars at Salisbury University in Maryland.
About our Moderator
Our Expert Talk series is moderated by Sigrid Fischer, HHL’s Director Career and Alumni Relations. Sigrid studied Journalism and Performance Psychology at Indiana University, USA, and at the University of Edinburgh, UK. As an internationally experienced relations expert and moderator, she has been enriching our series since April 2020.