Dr. jur. Claas D. Knoop
Ambassador (ret.)

Dr. Claas D.  Knoop

1976 – 2010: Diplomatic career in the German Foreign Service

Executive positions:
German Ambassador to Ethiopia and Djibouti,
Permanent Representative to the African Union with observer status in Addis Ababa
Minister at the German Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels
Head of Division in the European Department of the Federal Foreign Office

Since November 2012: Co-Chair, representing Germany in the Joint Africa-EU-Strategy´s Partnership on “Democratic Governance , Human Rights and Culture”


European Union (EU)
African Union (AU)
Relations EU–AU
Horn of Africa


German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
Political-Military Society (PMG)
Board Member German-Ethiopian Foundation, University of Hamburg
Business Advisory Council at the Ethiopian Embassy in Berlin
City Partnership Leipzig-Addis Ababa
Club of Bremen


Longtime active member of the EU-Commission´s PR-Team for Europe
Lecturing assignments at International Jacobs University and Bremen University with focus on EU and AU
Numerous presentations, e.g. at FU Berlin, New York University, University Osnabrueck, Oriental Club London
Series of publications about Africa and EU related issues


German, English, French

Speakers Fee

Upon request


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