Dr. Marcel Dirsus is an expert on security and political instability. He has advised governments, foundations, multinational corporations and NATO. Dirsus is currently a member of the Working Group Terrorism & Domestic Security at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. He’s a Partner at Occam Strategies, a political risk consultancy, and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University (ISPK) in Germany.
Before returning to academia to complete his doctorate, he spent six months working for a multinational company in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Dirsus has also worked for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Germany and a non-profit in India. He has recently written for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and Berlin Policy Journal published by the German Council on Foreign Relations. He has also provided expert analysis for media outlets including the New York Times, BBC, CNN, CBC Radio, RFI, The Atlantic, NBC News, Foreign Policy, DW, Le Temps, Libération and El País.
Dirsus holds a Master’s of Science in Russian & East European Studies from the University of Oxford (St. Antony’s College). He was educated at the University of Warwick (UK), Zhejiang University (China), Odessa National Polytechnic University (Ukraine) and at Sciences Po Paris (France). His doctorate in political science at the University of Kiel in Germany was funded through a Manfred-Wörner-Scholarship for Security Politics by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.
Besides his native German, Dirsus speaks English, French and some Russian. He's proficient at R, a programming language for statistical computing. He’s a member of the German Council on Foreign Relations.