CEP Welcomes Dr. Gerhard Conrad To Advisory Board

(New York, N.Y.) – The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) today announced Dr. Gerhard Conrad, former director of the European Union Intelligence Analysis and Situation Centre (EU INTCEN) at the European External Action Service (EEAS), has joined its Advisory Board. Earlier in his career, he served as a senior member of the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) and mediator between Israel and Hezbollah and Israel and Hamas for U.N. Secretary Generals Secretary-Generals Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon.

“Dr. Conrad’s impressive background and experience in German intelligence work will be a critical asset as we continue to combat extremist ideologies everywhere,” said CEP CEO Ambassador Mark D. Wallace. “It is an honor for CEP to work with someone of Dr. Conrad’s stature.”

CEP Executive Director David Ibsen welcomed Dr. Conrad as a leader with extensive experience in European intelligence services. “Rolling back the rise of extremism and terrorism throughout the world requires the counsel of experts like Dr. Conrad who can identify and understand how to confront evolving threats. I am thrilled that he has chosen to join CEP.”

“As the fight against terrorism expands across all fronts, it is more important than ever to ensure all policies, domestic and international, reflect this constantly changing landscape,” said Dr. Conrad. “CEP has proven itself a critical resource as our policymakers seek to implement comprehensive, decisive, actionable policies to combat this threat and I look forward to what we can do together.”

In addition to his position on CEP’s Advisory Board, Dr. Conrad serves as a board member of the Forum Intelligence Services in Germany and an Intelligence Advisor to the Munich Security Conference. He instructs members of German intelligence and security services within the Master’s Program for Intelligence and Security Studies (MISS) at the Federal University for Administrative Science in Berlin and engages as visiting professor with King’s College, London, and Sciences Po, Paris.

Dr. Conrad holds a PhD in Oriental Studies, International Politics, and International Law from Bonn University.

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