Klaus Linsenmeier

Klaus Linsenmeier

Director
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Biography: 

Klaus Linsenmeier is the Director of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union. His fields of interest and expertise are: Foreign and Security Policy, Economy, Development and Globalization, Environment, Democracy Promotion. He started his professional career in the private business sector (media distribution) before joining medico international in Frankfurt, a German Human Rights NGO as program-coordinator and later managing director.  

Further steps in his career were closely related to the development of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung:

  • 1989-1996: Director Development Programmes, International Division, Buntstift (German political foundation affiliated with the Green Party), Göttingen
  • 1992-1994: Executive Board Member, Stiftungsverband Regenbogen e.V. (umbrella organisation of Green-affiliated foundations), Dortmund
  • 1996-2001: Programme Director, Foreign Policy and European Affairs Department, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin
  • 2001-2009: Director, International Division, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
  • 2009-2014: Executive Director of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung North America, Washington, D.C.

Klaus Linsenmeier holds a Master of Arts in Economics (Dipl. rer. pol.) from the Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg/Breisgau and studied Small Enterprise Promotion at Cranfield School of Management/ UK and Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Hagen/University of Wales.  He is father of two children.

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