With a global network of 300+ Senior Advisors and Fellows with broad knowledge and experience, Agora Strategy can provide regional expertise and geopolitical analyses worldwide.
As high-ranking former representatives of government, diplomatic, military, and security circles, as well as well-known think tanks, Agora Senior Advisors and Fellows are deeply rooted in regional networks and have exclusive access to important political information. Our clients benefit from access to a global network of high-ranking stakeholders in business, politics, and international organizations and obtain tailored action recommendations based on the associated information advantage. Below you will find an overview of selected experts.
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Selected Agora Experts
Dr. Albrecht Conze
Dr. Albrecht Conze looks back on a distinguished diplomatic career. He has served as German ambassador to Benin, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, and Uganda, and held senior positions in both UN peacekeeping and EU security affairs. Dr. Conze has acquired deep institutional and cultural knowledge of various African markets and developed a network which covers most of anglophone and francophone Africa. He has also worked closely with major international development banks and agencies and has advised and assisted many German companies in their investment and trading activities.
Russia, Central Asia, China-Russia Relations
Alexander Gabuev is a Senior Fellow and the chair of Russia in the Asia-Pacific Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center. His research focuses on Russia’s policy toward East and Southeast Asia, political and ideological trends in China, and China’s relations with its neighbors. Prior to joining Carnegie, Mr. Gabuev served as deputy editor in chief of one of Russia's most influential newsweeklies, Kommersant-Vlast.
India, Multilateralism, Water Security
Ambika Vishwanath is the Director of Kubernein Initiative, a boutique consultancy that focuses on emerging multilateralism in Asia and the intersection of transboundary water security, climate, and foreign policy in different economies. Previously, she worked as a Senior Programme Manager at the Strategic Foresight Group.
China, Hong Kong, Japan, Digital Policy
Armin Reinartz headed the Office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, a German foundation for liberal politics, in Hong Kong until 2020. His work focuses on the political implications of tech trends, as well as China’s development and impact on the world. Before 2017, Mr. Reinartz coordinated the Foundation’s analytical work on Southeast and East Asia. Prior to this, he worked for the Peking University News and the Foreign Correspondents Club of China in Beijing, among others.
Dr. Aykan Erdemir
Turkey, EU-Turkey Relations
Dr. Aykan Erdemir is a Senior Director of the Turkey Program at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Previously, he was a member of the Turkish Parliament (2011– 2015) who served on the EU–Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee and the EU Harmonization Committee.
Dr. Cameron Munter
United States, Pakistan, Balkan, Conflict Resolution
Dr. Cameron Munter served as U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan (2010–2012) and to Serbia (2007–2009). Until recently, he was the CEO of the EastWest Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to international conflict resolution.
Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook
United States, Transatlantic Relations
Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook is the founding Executive Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School, which examines the challenges to negotiation and statecraft in the 21st century. She also directs the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship. Previously, she served on the management team of the European Policy Centre in Brussels.
Dr. Cornelius Adebahr
Western Europe, Iran, United States
Dr. Cornelius Adebahr is Senior Fellow and Editor at the Agora Strategy Institute. He works as an independent policy consultant and analyst. His expertise focuses on European and global foreign policy issues. Between 2011 and 2016, Dr. Adebahr lived in Tehran and Washington D.C. His publications include Europe and Iran: The Nuclear Deal and Beyond (Routledge 2017) and Inside Iran: Old Nation, New Power? (Dietz 2018).
Damjan Krnjević Mišković
Southeast Europe, Caucasus
Damjan Krnjević Mišković served as a senior political strategist, diplomatic adviser, and crisis counselor at both international and national levels. Currently, he is Professor of Practice and Director of Publications and Policy Research at ADA University in Baku. He also served as Senior Special Adviser and Chief Speechwriter to the President of the UN General Assembly (2012–2013), Senior Adviser to the Foreign Minister (2007–2012) and President (2007–2012) of Serbia.
Dr. Elli-Katharina Pohlkamp
Japan, China, South Korea
Dr. Elli-Katharina Pohlkamp is a Visiting Fellow for Japan at the Asia Programme of the European Council on Foreign Relations and a Policy Fellow for European and Foreign Policy at the independent think tank Das Progressive Zentrum. She was a project consultant of the Federal State Chancellery of Hesse, researcher at the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo, and worked for the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, a leading German foreign policy think tank, for several years. Her research fields encompass foreign policy analysis in the Asia Pacific, Indo-Pacific Strategic Issues, EU–Japan relations.
Dr. Gerhard Conrad
Middle East, Conflict Resolution, European Intelligence Services
Dr. Gerhard Conrad, visiting professor at King's College London, is a former senior member of the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) and mediator on behalf of UN Secretary-Generals Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon between conflict parties in the Middle East on humanitarian issues (2006-2008). Between 2009 and 2011, he coordinated the negotiations between Israel and Hamas, resulting in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange. From early 2016 until his retirement in late 2019, he served as Director of the EU Intelligence Analysis and Situation Centre (EU INTCEN) in Brussels.
General Hans-Lothar Domröse
NATO, European Security and Defense Policy
General Hans-Lothar Domröse is a former senior German Army officer. He was Commander of the Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum (2012–2016). In 2011, General Domröse was appointed German Military Representative to MC/NATO and the EU in Brussels. From 2009–2012, he took over the command of the Eurocorps in Strasbourg. During a 2008 deployment to Afghanistan, he served as Chief of Staff ISAF HQ. General Domröse received a multitude of awards and decorations during the span of his military career.
Prof. Dr. Harald Braun
Western Europe, United States, Corporate Government Affairs
Prof. Dr. Harald Braun looks back at a long diplomatic career, including his role as State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador to the United Nations, and postings in London, Paris, Washington, D.C., Africa, and the Middle East. He was Corporate Senior Vice President for Group Policy and External Affairs at Siemens AG (2005–2008). Currently, he serves as Dean of the Agora Strategy Institute.
Jasmine El Gamal
North Africa, Middle East, U.S. Foreign Policy
Jasmine M. El-Gamal is a political analyst, focusing on U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East. She was a Senior Fellow with the Middle East program at the Atlantic Council (2015–2020). Previously, Jasmine served as a Middle East adviser at the Pentagon (2008–2013). During her tenure, she covered issues related to Iraq, Syria, the Arab Spring, and ISIS and served as the Acting Chief of Staff for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy. She was a Special Assistant to three consecutive Under Secretaries of Defense for Policy (2013–2015).
Western Balkans, Serbia
Jovan Ratković joined Agora as Senior Adviser in 2017. Previously, Mr. Ratković served as Adviser to the President of Serbia (2004–2012) and Adviser to the Minister of Defence of Serbia and Montenegro (2003–2004). He has been actively involved in social democratic party politics at the national, European, and international level for the past two decades.
Southeast Europe, Politics of Digitalization
Konstantinos Foutzopoulos is an international relations expert who has professional experience working with a wide range of international organizations, incl. the UN and the World Bank. He served as an international relations adviser to the Prime Minister of Greece. Currently, he is Executive Director of the think tank Thessaloniki Regional Forum, which aims to enhance economic and digital cooperation among Balkan countries.
Poland, Democracy Promotion
Maia Mazurkiewicz is a political consultant, coordinator of the European Front Polish NGO network, and cofounder of Alliance4Europe, a nonprofit organization with the mission of protecting and advancing democracy in Europe. Ms. Mazurkiewicz is also a former chancellor to the Polish President. She is a lawyer by training and an expert on disinformation and propaganda.
Mariel von Schumann
Industrial Relations, ESG, Investor Relations
Mariel von Schumann serves on the advisory board of several industrial and service companies. Previously, she held a number of senior management positions in different roles and companies, most recently as Siemens Chief of Staff, also having oversight of the new global strategic company set-up, as well as its government affairs and investor relations.
Dr. Matt Ferchen
China, Belt and Road Initiative
Dr. Matt Ferchen is an expert on geopolitical relations between China and its global economic partners. Dr. Ferchen was a professor in the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University and also a scholar with the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, both in Beijing. His research focuses on the connections between China’s domestic and international political economy, with a recent focus on comparisons between China’s economic statecraft in Southeast Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Latin America.
Dr. Dr. h.c.mult. Hans-Ulrich Seidt
China, South Korea, Afghanistan
Dr. Dr. h.c.mult. Ambassador Hans-Ulrich Seidt has served as Inspector General of the German Foreign Office (2014-2017). He was Director General for Culture and Communication of the German Foreign Office (2012-2014). Dr. Dr.h.c.mult. Seidt served as Germany's ambassador to Korea (2009-2012) and Afghanistan (2006-2008). Dr. Dr.h.c.mult. Seidt's other diplomatic postings included Moscow, Nairobi, Brussels (NATO), and Washington, D.C. Since 2017 Dr. Dr.h.c.mult. Seidt is a Fellow of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University.
Nasser bin Nasser
Middle East, Jordan, Regional Security
Nasser bin Nasser is Managing Director of the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security based in Amman, Jordan. Previously, Mr. Nasser worked in the office of His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, where he last served as Senior Analyst in the Foreign Affairs Directorate. He is also the founder of Infosynth, a strategic advisory firm that works across the Middle East.
Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff
South East Asia
Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff is a German senior diplomat (ret.) who served as Ambassador to Malaysia (until July 2020) and to Moldova (2007–2010), and as Consul General in Hong Kong and Macao (2013–2014). He was also Ambassador and Special Envoy for the Western Balkans, Turkey, and the EFTA States. Graf Lambsdorff was posted to the Office of the High Representative in Brcko, Bosnia, and served as Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General (Head of the EU Pillar) of UNMIK in Kosovo. Other postings included Jakarta, Washington, D.C., and Tallinn.
Dr. Oliver Stünkel
Argentina, Brazil, and Chile
Dr. Oliver Stünkel is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) in São Paulo. He is also a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) in Washington, D.C., a non-resident fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, and a columnist for EL PAÍS and Americas Quarterly. His research focuses on geopolitics and global order, US–China relations, Brazilian foreign policy, Latin American politics, and emerging powers.
Dr. Peter Ammon
Western Europe, United States
Dr. Peter Ammon is a German senior diplomat (ret.) and former German State Secretary. Dr. Ammon served as Ambassador of Germany to the UK, the United States, and France. Among the mainstays of his long diplomatic career were helping German companies and investors to navigate the pitfalls of globalization and assisting German chancellors in G7/G8 negotiations.
France, European Union, Foreign Trade
Pierre Lellouche is a French politician and a member of The Republicans party. Previously, he held a number of senior positions in the French government. He was State Secretary for European Affairs (2009–2010). Thereafter, he served as Secretary of State for Foreign Trade under the Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry, Christine Lagarde.
Poland, Russia, Disarmament and Arms Control
Rolf Nikel is a German senior diplomat (ret.), who served as Ambassador to Poland until 2020. Previously, he served as Commissioner for Disarmament and Arms Control and as Head of the UN and Global Issues Group. In the Federal Chancellery, he worked for former Chancellors Kohl (1989–1994), Schröder (1998–2001), and Merkel (2005–2021). He also served at the German embassies in Moscow, Nairobi, Paris, and Washington, D.C.
Dr. Sietse Goffard
China, United States, Transportation Industry
Dr. Sietse Goffard is a graduate student at Harvard Kennedy School and a research fellow at Harvard University’s Department of Economics. He previously studied US–China relations and aviation policy at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where he was a Schwarzman Scholar. His work has been published by the Brookings Institution, Carter Center, Cato Institute, and National Bureau of Economic Research. At Agora Strategy, Mr. Goffard focuses on topics related to China and to transportation.
Western Balkans, Caucasus
Styopa Safaryan is the Founder and Head of the Armenian Institute of International and Security Affairs AIISA. Previously, he served as an MP in the Armenian National Assembly for the Heritage Party and as an expert on legal and political issues at the Armenian Center of Strategic and National Studies. Mr. Safaryan has published more than 50 scientific articles and is a geologist-geophysicist by training.
Dr. Tim Oliver
United Kingdom, Brexit
Dr. Tim Oliver is a leading expert on Brexit, UK politics and foreign policy, and international relations. Previously, Dr. Oliver published Understanding Brexit: A Concise Introduction (2018) and was the editor of Europe’s Brexit: EU Perspectives on Britain’s Vote to Leave (2018).
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ischinger
Western Europe, United States, Multilateralism
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ischinger has been Chairman of the Munich Security Conference since 2008. He cofounded the Agora Strategy Group in 2015. Ambassador Ischinger looks back on a long diplomatic career, including his role as State Secretary in the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and posts as German ambassador to Washington D.C. and London.