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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.

Global Network

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.

The color coding on the map serves solely to differentiate between different geographic regions.

 
 

North-America

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United States, Pakistan, Balkan, Conflict Resolution

Dr. Cameron Munter

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.

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United States, Transatlantic Relations

Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook

Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook is non-resident fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin. She is the former Director and CEO of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). Beforehand, Ms. Clüver Ashbrook was founding Executive Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project, while also directing the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, both at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to that, she served on the management team of the European Policy Centre in Brussels.

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Western Europe, Iran, United States

Dr. Cornelius Adebahr

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).

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Western Europe, United States, Corporate Government Affairs

Dr. Harald Braun

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.

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Western Europe, United States

Dr. Peter Ammon

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.

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China, United States, Transportation Industry

Sietse Goffard

Sietse Goffard is Policy Advisor and Project Lead at Boston Housing Authority. Previously, he was a research fellow at Harvard University’s Department of Economics and studied US–China relations and aviation policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where he was a Schwarzman Scholar. His research 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.

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Western Europe, United States, Multilateralism

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ischinger

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ischinger was the Chairman of the Munich Security Conference from 2008 to 2022. Since 2022, he is the President of the Foundation Council of the Munich Security Conference Foundation. He cofounded the Agora Strategy Group in 2015. Ambassador (ret.) 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.

 

Central- and Latin America

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Argentina, Brazil, and Chile

Dr. Oliver Stuenkel

Dr. Oliver Stuenkel is a political analyst and 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 Estadão and Americas Quarterly. He is the author of numerous books on geopolitics and global order, including “Post-Western World: How emerging powers are remaking global order”.

 

Europe

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Western Europe, Iran, United States

Dr. Cornelius Adebahr

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).

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Southeast Europe, Caucasus

Damjan Krnjević Mišković

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.

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Middle East, Conflict Resolution, European Intelligence Services

Dr. Gerhard Conrad

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.

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NATO, European Security and Defense Policy

General Hans-Lothar Domröse

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.

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Western Europe, United States, Corporate Government Affairs

Dr. Harald Braun

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.

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Western Balkans, Serbia

Jovan Ratković

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.

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Southeast Europe, Politics of Digitalization

Konstantinos Foutzopoulos

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.

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Poland, Democracy Promotion

Maia Mazurkiewicz

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.

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Industrial Relations, ESG, Investor Relations

Mariel von Schumann

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.

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Western Europe, United States

Dr. Peter Ammon

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.

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France, European Union, Foreign Trade

Pierre Lellouche

Pierre Lellouche is currently Associate Partner at Agora Strategy and a columnist for the French media outlets Marianne, Le Figaro and Cnews. He is a former French Secretary of State for European Affairs (2009–2010) and Secretary of State for Foreign Trade (2010-2012). Mr. Lellouche was a member of the French National Assembly until 2017, serving in the Committee on Foreign Affairs. He presided the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (2004-2006) and was French Special Envoy to the ITER (thermo-nuclear fusion experimental reactor) negotiations (2003-2005).

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Poland, Russia, Disarmament and Arms Control

Rolf Nikel

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.

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Western Balkans, Caucasus

Styopa Safaryan

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.

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United Kingdom, Brexit

Dr. Tim Oliver

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).

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Western Europe, United States, Multilateralism

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ischinger

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ischinger was the Chairman of the Munich Security Conference from 2008 to 2022. Since 2022, he is the President of the Foundation Council of the Munich Security Conference Foundation. He cofounded the Agora Strategy Group in 2015. Ambassador (ret.) 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.

 

Middle East

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Turkey, EU-Turkey Relations

Dr. Aykan Erdemir

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.

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Western Europe, Iran, United States

Dr. Cornelius Adebahr

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).

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Middle East, Conflict Resolution, European Intelligence Services

Dr. Gerhard Conrad

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.

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North Africa, Middle East, U.S. Foreign Policy

Jasmine El Gamal

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).

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China, South Korea, Afghanistan

Dr. Dr. h.c.mult. Hans-Ulrich Seidt

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.

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Middle East, Regional Security, Conflict Mediation

Dr. Nahla Yassine-Hamdan

Dr. Nahla Yassine-Hamdan is an Arab-American mediation and international relations expert and an author on contemporary political conflicts in the Middle East. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at the American University in the Emirates affiliated with the College of Security and Global Studies. Dr. Yassine-Hamdan has served as a Regional Conflict Thematic Analysis Specialist with the United Nations Development Programme. As a certified mediator, she has also served on numerous advisory boards and AdvancED accreditation teams in the Gulf region.

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Middle East, Jordan, Regional Security

Nasser bin Nasser

Nasser bin Nasser is an expert on the geopolitics of the Middle East, focusing on security governance and regional security. Mr. Nasser founded Ambit Advisory, a non-governmental organization working at the nexus of security and development in the Middle East. He is also a Senior Advisor at the UN Institute for Disarmament Research and a columnist for Jordan News. Previously Mr. Nasser was the Managing Director of the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security based in Amman, Jordan, and served as Senior Analyst in the Foreign Affairs Directorate in the office of His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan.

 

Asia

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Russia, Central Asia, China-Russia Relations

Alexander Gabuev

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.

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North Africa, Middle East, U.S. Foreign Policy

Ambika Vishwanath

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.

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China, Hong Kong, Japan, Digital Policy

Armin Reinartz

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.

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United States, Pakistan, Balkan, Conflict Resolution

Dr. Cameron Munter

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.

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Japan, China, South Korea

Dr. Elli-Katharina Pohlkamp

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.

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China, Belt and Road Initiative

Dr. Matt Ferchen

Dr. Matt Ferchen is an expert on China’s domestic and international political economy, with a focus on varieties of Chinese economic statecraft and economic influence, especially in Southeast Asia and Latin America. Currently, Dr. Matt Ferchen is a lecturer at the Leiden University Institute of Area Studies. Previously, he was the Head of Global China Research at the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin (2020-2021), a scholar with the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy (2011-2019), and an associate professor in the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University (2008-2017), both in Beijing.

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China, South Korea, Afghanistan

Dr. Dr. h.c.mult. Hans-Ulrich Seidt

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.

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South East Asia

Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff

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.

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China, United States, Transportation Industry

Sietse Goffard

Sietse Goffard is Policy Advisor and Project Lead at Boston Housing Authority. Previously, he was a research fellow at Harvard University’s Department of Economics and studied US–China relations and aviation policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where he was a Schwarzman Scholar. His research 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.

 

Africa

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Sub-Sahara Africa 

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 UN peacekeeping and EU security missions. Dr. Conze has spent sixteen years in all parts of Africa and acquired deep institutional and cultural knowledge of the continent. His network covers most of anglophone and francophone Africa. He has worked closely with international development banks and agencies and has advised and assisted German companies in their investment and trading activities, including in high risk environments.

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North Africa, Middle East, U.S. Foreign Policy

Jasmine El Gamal

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).