Michael KÖHLER

Deputy Director-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aud Operations, DG ECHO, European Commission, Brussels.

Professor at the College of Europe, Department for General Studies since 1997. Held various posts in the European Commission since 1994, with responsibilities for the Middle East, the Mediterranean, CFSP, the EU Integrated Maritime Policy and multilateral cooperation: Directorate General External Relations, Directorate "Middle East and South Mediterranean" 1994-2001, Deputy Head of Unit in the Directorate CFSP - Policy Coordination 2001-2004, Deputy Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Joe Borg 2004-2007 and then Head of Unit for international relations and Law of the Sea, DG MARE, 2007-2008, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Joe Borg in charge of maritime policy and fisheries 2008-2010, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger in charge of energy policy. Director for the Neighbourhood (East and South), DG DEVCO, 2013-2014. Director for the Neighbourhood South, DG NEAR 2015-2019.

Studied Medieval and Modern History, Oriental Studies, Comparative Religion, Theology and International Law Bonn, Tübingen and Hamburg Universities. Dr. phil. in 1987. Representative of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Morocco 1987-1990 and Tunisia 1990-1993. Served in the Policy Planning Division of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development 1993-1994. 1993-2000 external lecturer at the University of Bonn, Department of Oriental Studies. 1997-1999 Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London and until Senior Fellow, Zentrum für Europäische Integrationsforschung, Universität Bonn, 2000-2015. Various teaching commitments at the Centre des Etudes et Recherches Economiques et Sociales (CERES), Tunis, the Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris) and the Centre des études européennes de Strasbourg (CEES). Michael Köhler chairs the DGAPforum Brüssel of the German Council on Foreign Relations DGAP and the Brussels section of Europa-Union Deutschland.

Published more than 30 books; articles and studies on the political, security economic and cultural development of the Muslim World, on the Arab League and on regional integration in the Maghreb. Various scholarships, memberships in research societies.