Press release

Roland Freudenstein assumes the role of GLOBSEC’s Vice President and the Head of GLOBSEC Brussels


October 4

GLOBSEC, a leading European independent think-tank with global outreach, is proud to announce that Roland Freudenstein assumes the role the think-tank’s Vice President and the Head of GLOBSEC Brussels.

GLOBSEC opened its office in Brussels in January 2020 to increase its international presence and outreach. The main mission of GLOBSEC Brussels is to bring a constructive voice of Central Europe closer to the debates about the future of Europe and increase its impact on the European affairs.

Roland Freudenstein has a remarkable career in public administration, international policymaking and the world of think-tanks. This unique expertise makes him an excellent appointment for both positions. We believe he will help us to extend our relationships with the key EU’s stakeholders in Brussels and beyond.” commented Róbert Vass, President and Founder of GLOBSEC.

GLOBSEC is, first of all, an idea. The idea that you can provide a forum for debate of different opinions, and solid political analysis, while promoting the Transatlantic Alliance and standing firmly on the basis of fundamental values such as liberal democracy. GLOBSEC is also a place, actually a bridge, between Central and Western Europe in the EU, between the EU and Eastern and Southeastern Europe, across the Atlantic and linking Europe to the rest of the world. But above all, GLOBSEC is people: young, dynamic, ambitious and aware of their responsibility for the future of Europe. I’m honoured and humbled by the trust that Robert and his colleagues are giving me. And I’m thrilled to join them.” said Roland Freudenstein.

“GLOBSEC Brussels marks a new chapter for our organization which should result in GLOBSEC being truly pan-European entity. I believe that in the next few years it will be equally important and strong as our Central European offices in Bratislava and Vienna.” added Vass.

Roland Freudenstein worked as a research fellow at the German Council of Foreign Affairs for several years. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, he joined the foreign policy planning staff of the European Commission in Brussels for 2 years and then became the Director of the Warsaw office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation during a crucial period in the 1990s. In the 2000s, after a stint in the Foundation’s central office in Berlin, he moved back to Brussels as the Chief Representative of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg to the European Union. Since 2008, he has been the Head of Research, and later the Policy Director, of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, the think-tank of the European People’s Party in Brussels.


GLOBSEC is an independent global think-tank providing a practical and functional platform for multisector dialogue on the challenges of today and tomorrow. GLOBSEC’s mission is to ensure a secure, democratic Europe and preserve a safe and sustainable social future.

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