Professor Dr. Class Dieter Knoop

Senior posts in the German diplomatic service

Head of Division in the European Department of the Federal Foreign Office

Minister at the German Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels

Ambassador to Ethiopia and Djibouti, Permanent Representative to the African Union with Observer Status, Addis Abeba

Post retirement activities

From November 2012 until June 2014: Co-Chair, representing Germany in the Joint Africa-EU Strategy’s Partnership on Democratic Governance and Human Rights

2015: German Senior Expert Service (SES)-assignment to Nairobi for consulting with the London-based NGO “Article 19”

2016: Diplomatic Training Course in Mauritius on behalf of “DiploConsult”

April/May 2018: SES-assignment to Ulan Bator (Mongolia) for lecturing at the National University of Mongolia

June/July 2018: SES-assignment to the Republic of Seychelles for a course in foreign policy and diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Long-term active member of the EU Commission’s PR-Team for Europe in Germany

Lecturing assignments at Bremen University and Jacobs University Bremen, since 2016 Adjunct Professor for International Relations at Jacobs University

Focus of Consultancy and Expertise

EU, African Union, Horn of Africa, Southern Africa, International Development Policy, Regional Integration, Peace and Security Policy of the AU and EU, Modern Diplomacy

Recent Publications (since 2010)

Science and Research as Key Factors of Social and Economic Development, in: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn 2011

The Common Security Policy of the EU and perspectives for Co-operation with Northeast Asia, in: KAS Journal on Contemporary Korean Affairs 2/2013

The Strategic Partnership between Africa and the EU, in: International Relations and Security Network, Center for Security Studies, March 2014, ETH Zurich

Chances and Challenges for Ethiopia`s development in the regional Context, in: Siegbert Uhlig, David Appleyard, Alessandro Bausi, Wolfgang Hahn, Steven Kaplan (Editors), “Ethiopia: History, Culture and Challenges”, Michigan State University Press, 2017

Positions and roles

Board Member of the German-Ethiopian Foundation at Hamburg University; Board Member of “Pactum Africanum”; Member of the City Partnership between Leipzig and Addis Abeba

Languages: English,French

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