The Singapore-based Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia coordinates activities in the region that connect global and country programmes. A coordinated communications outreach is part of this endeavour. To this end, the Singapore office has set up and manages this website, a regional online platform for the work by FES in Asia. 


Adrienne Woltersdorf

Resident Director since 2016

Before joining the Singapore office, Adrienne was Resident Representative for Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2012 to 2015. As a journalist, Adrienne was the head of the Chinese programmes at Deutsche Welle. Before that she was based in Berlin and Washington DC where she was the political correspondent for the German daily taz, die tageszeitung. She holds a master’s degree in Sinology, Political Science and Modern History from Freie Universität (FU) Berlin.

Lea Goelnitz 

Programme Manager since 2018

Lea manages programmes that aim at strengthening the social dimension of Asian cooperation and integration, with thematic focus on gender equality and migration. Prior to working at FES, she worked as a project coordinator for the non-governmental organization Discover Football, in New Delhi, and for several women’s rights NGOs and projects in Germany, India and Uganda. Lea holds a MSc in Human Rights and International Politics from the University of Glasgow and a BA in European Studies from Maastricht University. 

Veronica Nilsson

Programme Manager since 2017

Before taking up the position of Programme Manager, Veronica Nilsson was Deputy General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation in Brussels. She was first elected Confederal Secretary in 2011 before becoming Deputy General Secretary in 2015. She has extensive experience working for trade unions including the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD in Paris, the European Federation of Public Service Unions and the Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees.

Patricia D'Cotta 

Office Administrator since 2017

Patricia manages activities and operations to ensure an efficient and smoothly-run office and coordinates programme management related work. Prior to FES, Patricia worked for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat for several years and until 2017, at the Asia-Europe Foundation. Patricia holds an MBA from the University of Newcastle, Australia. A Singaporean Eurasian, Patricia has worked in the healthcare and non-profit industries for most of her professional career. 

Annie Teo

Office Manager since 2008

Annie handles the financial and administrative aspects in the office, including human resource and data protection. Annie is trained in accounting and has over 20 years of financial accounting experience. Before she joined FES, she worked in the commercial sector.

Mila Shopova

Regional Communications Coordinator since 2016

Mila coordinates the communications outreach and media capacity building for FES in Asia. She is the editor and manager of this website and of Connect, a global newsletter and web portal by FES. Before this, Mila developed programmes, research and reports as consultant for international organizations in the field of education, migration and labour in Southeast Europe and Southeast Asia. Born in Macedonia where she studied and lectured translation and interpretation, she has advanced degrees in anthropology from New School for Social Research and in East European Studies from Freie Universität (FU) Berlin.

Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia

7500A Beach Road
The Plaza
Singapore 199591

+65 6297 6760


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