Speakers

Dr. Gerhard Conrad

Director, Intelligence and Situation Centre (INTCEN), European External Action Service (EEAS), European Union; Former Special Mediator between Israel-Hezbollah & Hamas

Dr Conrad became Director of the EU Intelligence and Situation

Centre (EU INTCEN) in January 2016.


EU INTCEN provides early warning, situational awareness and

intelligence analysis to the High Representative/Vice President

(HR/VP) Federica Mogherini and to the EEAS in close cooperation
with the Intelligence Directorate of the EU Military Staff. In addition,

it supports the various EU decision-making bodies in the fields of the

Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), the Common Security

and Defence Policy (CSDP) and counter-terrorism, among them the

Political and Security Committee (PSC), the European Council and,

where appropriate and possible, the Commission, as well as the

Member States.


EU INTCEN does this by monitoring and assessing international events, focusing particularly on
sensitive geographical areas, terrorism and other global threats. The Situation Room monitors
international events in open sources 24/7 and reports them to a wide range of recipients inside and
outside the EEAS, including all top decision-makers in the EU.


EU INTCEN is part of the European External Action Service (EEAS) since January 2011.
Prior to taking up his post as Director of EU INTCEN, Dr Conrad served in the German Federal
Intelligence Service (BND) since 1990, where he held positions as Head of CT-Branch/Division
Middle East, Head of a Special Staff on Secret International Humanitarian Negotiations and Chief
of Staff to BND Presidents.


He has also served in various positions in the German embassies in Damascus, Beirut and London
as well as in Military Intelligence (MoD), where he is Officer of Reserve (LTC).


Dr Conrad was born in Freiburg, Germany in 1954. He graduated in International Law and
International Politics and holds a PhD in Oriental Studies from Bonn University. He has also
lectured at the Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies at Bonn University.

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