Benedikt Franke Keynote Speaker

  • Serves as CEO of the Munich Security Conference Foundation, shaping global security policy.
  • Board Member of the Munich Security Office.
  • Co-author of The Art of Diplomacy published in 2022.

Benedikt Franke's Biography

Benedikt Franke, a distinguished leader in global security and international relations currently serving as the Vice-Chairman and CEO of the Munich Security Conference (MSC). Renowned for his strategic insights and commitment to fostering global security dialogue, Benedikt has significantly contributed to shaping international policy and cooperation. His expertise in security policy and international diplomacy has made him a sought-after speaker and advisor in global security matters.

He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and a master’s degree in International & Global Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. These academic achievements have provided him with a strong foundation in understanding global political dynamics and security issues.

Franke’s career began in the field of international diplomacy and security policy. His work with the Munich Security Conference,  also known as the MSC has been pivotal. As the CEO of the MSC Foundation – one of the world’s leading platforms for international security dialogue, Benedikt has played a crucial role in organizing and leading discussions on critical global security issues, bringing together world leaders, policymakers, and experts to foster dialogue and cooperation. Under his leadership, the MSC has expanded its reach and influence, addressing contemporary security challenges such as cyber threats, terrorism, and geopolitical conflicts. Before joining the MSC, Franke served as Senior Advisor for Strategic Affairs at the CSU, before that he was the Special Assistant for former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel Laureate Kofi Annan.

Beyond his work at the MSC, Benedikt is a prominent voice in foreign policy and security issues. He regularly publishes articles on these topics at the MSC, including co-authoring the well-received book “The Art of Diplomacy: 75 Views Behind the Scenes of World Politics” (2022). This book brings together a distinguished group of experts to explore various facets of diplomacy.

His expertise is further recognized by his appointments to prestigious committees such as the Foundation Council of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen and the International Commission of the CSU. His insights are valued by both peers and policymakers. Actively engaged in promoting peace and security, Benedikt participates in various initiatives and organizations. He is also a sought-after advisor to numerous international bodies and governments.

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Benedikt Franke's Speaking Topics

  • International Security Policy

Discover Benedikt's insights and dedication to fostering global security dialogue and explore how he has significantly contributed to shaping international policy and cooperation.

  • Global Governance and Diplomacy

Explore Benedikt's role as the CEO of MSC Foundation and how that has played a crucial role in organising and leading discussions on critical global security issues, bringing together world leaders, policymakers, and experts to foster dialogue and cooperation.

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Videos of Benedikt Franke

Dr. Benedikt Franke on International Security, Big Tech, and Open Source Intelligence
Dr. Benedikt Franke on International Security, Big Tech, and Open Source Intelligence
European Sovereignty (Stephen Nundy, Daniel Metzler, Benedikt Franke, Tanit Koch) | DLD 24
European Sovereignty (Stephen Nundy, Daniel Metzler, Benedikt Franke, Tanit Koch) | DLD 24

Books by Benedikt Franke

The Art of Diplomacy: 75 Views Behind the Scenes of World Politics (2022)

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