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. 


Mirco Günther

Managing Director 

Mirco coordinates FES regional programs across Asia involving a diverse set of partners and countries. He was previously the director of the FES office in Kabul, Afghanistan, from 2017 to 2019. Prior to joining FES, Mirco worked with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and held various leadership positions with the missions in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. He holds degrees in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, in Middle East and Central Asian Security Studies from the University of St Andrews and in Political Science from Freie Universität Berlin and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

Lea Goelnitz 

Programme Manager

Lea manages regional projects in Asia on gender and social justice. 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

Veronica manages regional projects in Asia on trade, labour and social dialogue. 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

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

Finance Administrator

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

Mila manages the communications strategy of FES in Asia. She is the editor and manager of this website and of Connect, a global newsletter 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. She has MA in Cultural Anthropology from the New School for Social Research, MA in East European Studies from Freie Universität and a BA in Translation and Interpretation Studies from the Ss Cyril and Methodius University. 

Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia

7500A Beach Road
The Plaza
Singapore 199591

+65 6297 6760


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