Dr. Christian Koch is a Senior Advisor at the Bussola Institute in Brussels. His work focuses on the various international and foreign relations issues of the GCC states with a particular interest in GCC-EU Relations.
Prior to his work at the Bussola Institute, Dr. Koch served as Director of the Gulf Research Center (GRC) Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland and as Director of International Studies at the GRC in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. From 1995 until 2004, he served as Head of the Strategic Studies Department at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, Abu Dhabi.
Dr. Koch is a member of the Editorial Board, Center for Global Studies (CGS), Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST), Kuwait; an Honorary Trustee of the Swiss-Emirati Friendship Forum; a member of the Board of Associate Editors, Europe’s World Journal; and a member of the Advisory Committee, Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Zirve University, Turkey. He is also a non-resident fellow with Trends Policy and Research in the UAE. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany.