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Manuel Langendorf

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Professional affiliation

Researcher and writer focusing on digital transformation in the MENA region.

Expertise

Middle East, digitisation in the MENA region, Iraq, Yemen, Israel-Palestine

Full Biography

Manuel Langendorf is an independent researcher and consultant on digital transformation in the MENA region. He currently serves as an independent advisor to the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), where he advises on the development of a strategy to support digital transformation projects in the region.

At the tenth Tunisian National Defense Institute (NDI) National Security Seminar in 2021 held by the NESA Center in partnership with US Africa Command, Manuel presented to senior Tunisian government officials on digital transformation in Tunisia and the wider area. 

Manuel was a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations between 2019 and 2020 where he worked on digitization and the digital economy in the Middle East, with a special focus on the United Arab Emirates and Jordan as well as Europe's interests in the issue.

Manuel has been a frequent contributor to The Arab Weekly newspaper and other media outlets. He was the editor-in-chief of The World Weekly, an award-winning international news magazine, and has appeared numerous times on television to comment on Middle Eastern affairs. He holds an MSc in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.