Areas of Expertise 

  • Technology and geopolitics 
  • German and European digital foreign policy 
  • International technology cooperation 
  • Internet governance 
  • Informal organizations and partnerships (e. g., G7/G20) 


German, English, French 


Dr. David Hagebölling is an associate fellow in DGAP’s Technology and Global Affairs Program. Hagebölling is also a senior scientist at the Hasso Plattner Institute’s (HPI) Internet Technologies and Systems Research Group. He conducts research and advises primarily on questions relating to German and European digital foreign policy, internet and cyber governance, and international technology cooperation.  

Hagebölling was a research fellow at DGAP from May 2021 to June 2022. Previously, he was a guest researcher at the WZB Social Science Research Center Berlin and at the Technical University of Munich. He gained 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 in international relations from the University of Oxford. He completed a trilingual bachelor’s degree at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) as well as coursework at the London School of Economics, the University of Cologne, and Fudan University in Shanghai. 

In the media


A German Digital Grand Strategy

Integrating Digital Technology, Economic Competitiveness, and National Security in Times of Geopolitical Change
Tyson Barker
Dr. David Hagebölling