Areas of Expertise 

  • Technology and geopolitics 
  • German and European digital foreign policy 
  • Digital and technology diplomacy 
  • Internet and cyber governance 
  • International cooperation and organizations (e. g., G7, G20) 

Short Bio

David Hagebölling is a senior policy advisor for international digital policy at the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport. He is an associate fellow at the Center for Geopolitics, Geoeconomics, and Technology at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). He is also a guest researcher at the Hasso Plattner Institute’s (HPI) Internet Technologies and Systems Research Group. Hagebölling conducts research primarily on questions relating to German and European digital foreign policy, digital and technology diplomacy, and internet and cyber governance.

Previously, Hagebölling was a senior scientist at HPI and research fellow at DGAP. He was also a guest researcher at the WZB Social Science Research Center Berlin and at the Technical University of Munich. He gained further professional experience at the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, and the German Investment Corporation.

Hagebölling received his doctorate and master’s degree from the University of Oxford. He completed the trilingual bachelor’s degree at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and studied at the London School of Economics, the University of Cologne, and Fudan University in Shanghai. 


German, English, French


[Last updated: April 2024]

Dr. David Hagebölling


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Decoding the Digital Technology Agenda
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