Munich Security Conference 2018 | ELF's speakers

Alexander Graf Lambsdorff is Deputy Leader for International Affairs of the liberal group (FDP) in the German Bundestag. He is responsible for foreign policy, defence and security, European affairs as well as development and human rights. From 2004 to 2017, he served as a Member of the European Parliament and was elected as that body’s Vice-President for democracy and human rights in 2014. Prior to that, he served as deputy leader of the liberal group (ALDE).

Lambsdorff was a member of the EP’s Committees for Foreign Affairs, International Trade, and the Single Market. He focused on EU enlargement, transatlantic relations, Russia, Turkey as well as the United Nations. He continues to be deeply involved in democracy support policies, having led EU Election Observation missions to several countries in Asia and Africa and serving as the founding chairman of the European Endowment for Democracy. As a member of the Committee for the Single Market he actively worked on policies shaping the markets for chemicals, services and security-related products. On the Trade Committee, he oversaw the ratification of the EPA with Southern Africa and was actively involved in the debates on TTIP and CETA.

Lambsdorff holds advanced degrees in History and International Relations from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. In 1995, he joined the German Foreign Service and served on the Policy Planning Staff, at the German Embassy in Washington D.C. and on the Political Department’s Russia desk before leaving the Foreign Service for the 2004 European election campaign.

Marietje Schaake has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party (D66) with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) political group since 2009. She serves on the International Trade committee and is the spokesperson for the ALDE Group on transatlantic trade and investment agreements. Schaake also serves on the committee on Foreign Affairs and the subcommittee on Human Rights. She is the founder of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Digital Agenda for Europe.

Furthermore, Marietje Schaake is the Vice-President of the US Delegation and serves on the Iran Delegation and the Delegation for the Arab peninsula. She was Chief Observer of the EU Election Observation Mission Kenya 2017. She is a Member of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace and is a Young Global Leader and a Member of the Global Future Council on Future of Digital Economy and Society with the World Economic Forum.


01. Feb 2018 by Intern

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