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Kristof Kleemann

Project Director - Lebanon & Syria Friedrich Naumann Foundation - Lebanon & Syria

Short vita

I am the Head of the Beirut Office since March 2020. I obtained my Master's Degree in Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. After my studies, I worked at the German Chancellery in Berlin in the directorate for European affairs. Between 2010-2017, I was Chief of Staff of Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, a liberal Member of Parliament and Vice-President of the European Parliament. After that, I worked for former European Commissioner Pavel Telička in the European Parliament before taking up my post with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in 2019. I have been an active Member of the Free Democratic Party and serve as a delegate for the Party Congress of the European liberal party (ALDE).

Freedom and liberalism are dear to my heart. Tolerance is and remains the basis for a free society. True freedom only exists where everyone is free to develop their talents to the fullest and where people are free from fear and repression. Therefore, we should always live up to the quote of the English author Evelyn Beatric Hall who famously said: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it“.