Press Release

New Leadership in Three GIGA Regional Institutes

A new line-up in the GIGA’s executive board: this body brings together experts on Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as on global developments. Between them they steer the entire institute.

Hamburg, 25 October 2018 – After a worldwide selection process, the board of trustees of the GIGA appointed Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau as the new director of the GIGA Institute of African Affairs from 1 October 2018. Prof. Basedau has worked in a number of roles of responsibility at the GIGA since 2002, and has since 2013 been an honorary professor of Political Science at the University of Hamburg too.

Also new in the executive board: long-standing GIGA colleague and honorary professor of the Philipps University of Marburg Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach along with Dr. André Bank, whose presence has strengthened the GIGA team since 2010. They have taken over as the acting directors of the Institutes of Latin American Studies and of Middle East Studies respectively, positions that they will hold until these directorships have been permanently filled following an international joint appointment procedure together with the University of Hamburg.

The president of the GIGA Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar and the entire executive board are looking forward to working together.

The GIGA Executive Board

Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar
President of the GIGA
Expertise: international trade, trade disputes and WTO reform, multilateral negotiations, geoeconomics and global governance, emerging powers (especially India)

Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner
Vice President of the GIGA, Director of the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies
Expertise: The Korean conflict, Japan, New Zealand, foreign policy think tanks, comparative area studies

Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau
New since October 2018: Director of the GIGA Institute of African Affairs
Expertise: ethnic, religious, and resource conflicts, political institutions, parties and democratisation (especially in sub-Saharan Africa)

Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach
New since June 2018: Acting Director of the GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies
Expertise: Post-war societies, violence and social change as well as the role therein of youth (particularly in Colombia and Central America), Latin America’s security sector reform

Dr. André Bank
New since October 2018: Acting Director of the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies
Expertise: War in Syria and the movements of refugees, political rule (especially authoritarianism), power relations in the Middle East, Islamism and Arabism

Dr. Peter Peetz
Head of Finances and Administration at the GIGA

Julia Kramer
Chief Officer to the President
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Verena Schweiger
Head of Communications Department
Tel.: +49 (0)40 - 42825-770

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