Klaus Linsenmeier is the Director of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union. His fields of interest and expertise are: Foreign and Security Policy, Economy, Development and Globalization, Environment, Democracy Promotion. He started his professional career in the private business sector (media distribution) before joining medico international in Frankfurt, a German Human Rights NGO as program-coordinator and later managing director.
Further steps in his career were closely related to the development of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung:
- 1989-1996: Director Development Programmes, International Division, Buntstift (German political foundation affiliated with the Green Party), Göttingen
- 1992-1994: Executive Board Member, Stiftungsverband Regenbogen e.V. (umbrella organisation of Green-affiliated foundations), Dortmund
- 1996-2001: Programme Director, Foreign Policy and European Affairs Department, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin
- 2001-2009: Director, International Division, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
- 2009-2014: Executive Director of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung North America, Washington, D.C.
Klaus Linsenmeier holds a Master of Arts in Economics (Dipl. rer. pol.) from the Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg/Breisgau and studied Small Enterprise Promotion at Cranfield School of Management/ UK and Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Hagen/University of Wales. He is father of two children.