Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook served as director and CEO of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) from June 2021 to February 2022.
Previously, Clüver Ashbrook was the executive director of the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts for ten years. The project, which she co-founded, addresses 21st-century foreign policy challenges through research by international leaders in academia and diplomacy; it also teaches conflict research and prevention. In addition, Clüver Ashbrook had directed a research program on Europe and transatlantic relations since 2018. Before that, she served on the management board of the European Policy Centre (EPC) in Brussels and worked as both a consultant and senior journalist at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in France and China, among other countries. She began her career as a television journalist at CNN International in Atlanta and London.
Clüver Ashbrook contributes to international publications, such as the New York Times and Washington Post, as well as leading German media on transatlantic relations – especially trade and security policy – and German foreign and digital policy. She also advises foreign ministries in Europe and South America on their digital strategy.