Olaf Boehnke is the head of Berlin office of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), the first pan-European think-tank, which objective it is to conduct research and promote informed debate across Europe on the development of coherent and effective European values-based foreign policy. Previously he was a Senior Foreign and European Policy Advisor in the German Bundestag and worked also as Senior Program Officer at the Aspen Institute Germany. As head of Aspen’s Middle East Department, he executed three conference programs on civil society issues in Iran, Syria and Lebanon, with a special focus on digital media and internet activists in Iran and the Middle East. Mr. Boehnke is also a visiting lecturer at the Otto-Suhr-Institut for Political Sciences at Free University Berlin. He received his M.A. from Free University, Berlin, where he studied International Relations, Political Science and Economics.