Experts & Staff

René Wildangel

ECFR Alumni · Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise

Europe-MENA relations, MEPP, Civil Society, Democratisation and Elections, Human Rights


German, English, Arabic, Hebrew, Portuguese, French, Persian (basic)


René Wildangel was a policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) based in Berlin. Before joining ECFR in September 2019, Wildangel worked as a Middle East and North Africa (MENA) human rights expert at Amnesty International. Additionally, he was the country director of the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation’s Palestine/Jordan office in Ramallah from 2011-2015; served as an advisor on Foreign Policy in the German Bundestag and the US Congress; and as a desk officer at the German Federal Foreign Office.

Wildangel holds an MA in History, Political Science and Literature from the University of Cologne, and a PhD in Middle Eastern history from the Centre for Modern Oriental Studies (ZMO) in Berlin and the University of Cologne. He spent a year abroad at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and studied Arabic at the IFEAD in Damascus.




In the media

René Wildangel quoted on how populists use the corona crisis for their anti-immigration agenda.