Research and Policy
Director-General for Foreign Affairs
Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany
Thomas Bagger has been Director-General for Foreign Affairs at the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany since 2017. He holds an M.A. in Government & Politics from University of Maryland at College Park and a doctorate from Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich. Before Dr. Bagger joined the German Diplomatic Service in 1992, he worked as a research associate at the Institute of International Affairs (SWP) in Ebenhausen / Germany. His postings abroad were Prague (1996-1998), Ankara (2002-2006), and Washington (2006-2009). He served as speechwriter to German Foreign Ministers Klaus Kinkel (1995-1996) and Joschka Fischer (1998-2002) and as Chief of Staff to Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle (2009-2011). Prior to his current assignment, Dr. Bagger was Head of Policy Planning at the German Federal Foreign Office (2011-2017).