Dr. Frank Umbach is Research Director of the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) at Kings College, London, and Associate Senior Fellow at the Centre for European Security Strategies (CESS) in Munich. He also works as an international consultant for businesses, government institutions and international organizations on energy security, cyber security and protection of energy infrastructures as well as security policies.
His expertise is in energy, foreign and security policies in Russia, the Caspian region, Asia-Pacific, the EU and Germany in the areas of energy (supply) security, energy foreign policy, geopolitical risks, global energy challenges, cyber security of energy infrastructures and maritime security.
From 2011-2014, he also worked as a (Non-Resident) Senior Fellow for the Energy and Environment Programme of the U.S. Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. Since August 2012, he has been a member of a scientific expert advisory panel board of the newly established “Shale Gas Europe” platform – The European Resource Centre for Shale Gas, Tight Gas & Coalbed Methane.
From 2010 to 2011, he was also a member of the new Ukraine 2020 Task Force (an initiative of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation in Washington and the Pylyp Orlyk Institute for Democracy in Kiev to support Ukraine’s European integration) and on Collective Security in Southwest Asia to 2020, organized by the East-West-Institute in Brussels.
Previously, he was also a member of an expert group on future NATO-Russia relations, organized by the East-West-Institute in Brussels from December 2009-June 2010 and prior to that, in 2008, was a member of two high-ranking transatlantic expert groups on energy security.
Dr. Umbach was appointed as an official advisor of the Lithuanian government on international energy security in February 2007 and from 2003-2007 he was co-chair of the European Committee of the Council for Security Co-operation in Asia-Pacific (CSCAP-Europe), the most important regional “two track diplomacy” institution for security policies in Asia-Pacific.
He worked from 1991-1994 as a Research Fellow at the Federal Institute for East European and International Studies (BIOst) in Cologne and in 1992 for one year was a Research Assistant in the office of the Special Advisor for Central and East European Affairs of the NATO Secretary-General in Brussels. He was a consultant to this office from 1993-2003.
Dr. Umbach was a Research Fellow at the research institute of the Japanese Foreign Ministry (Japan Institute for International Affairs/JIIA) in Tokyo from 1995-1996 and had several longer research stays in the US (Washington D.C., Fort Leavenworth and Santa Monica), and in Moscow in the 1990s. He received research grants from NATO, the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies in Washington DC and the Japan Foundation.
For more than 10 years, from 1996 to 2007, Dr. Umbach was head of the International Energy Security and Security Policies in Asia-Pacific programs at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Bonn and Berlin.
He has been a consultant and written analyses on behalf of the German Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense Policies, the European Commission and European Parliament, the U.S. State Department, U.S. Energy Department, U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (U.S. Congress), the Lithuanian government, the Poland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Economy, the Hungarian Foreign Ministry, the House of Lords (British Parliament), NATO, the OSCE, the World Energy Council (WEC) and a Presidential Working Group on “International Issues Relating to Raw Materials” of the Federation of the German Industries (BDI) in 2005/2006. He has also repeatedly been invited for expert hearings in the European Parliament and the European Commission in Brussels and is a regular presenter at official high-ranking NATO conferences.
Dr. Umbach is a Member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London and the author of more than 400 publications in 30 countries, including Global Energy Security: Strategic Challenges for the European and German Foreign Policy.
He studied Political Science, East European History and European/International Law at the Universities of Marburg and Bonn. He received his Masters degree in 1990 and a PhD in 1996 at the University of Bonn.