Ludwig Schulz is chairman of the board of MEIA Research. He was also academic coordinator of the MEIA Middle East Summer Schools 2017-2022.
Currently, Mr. Schulz is engaged as advisor to the director of Plan International Germany's International Programs. From 2021 to 2022, he was policy advisor for Middle East and North Africa at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Between 2016 and 2020 he ran the Middle East Program of the Center for Applied Policy Research (C.A.P.) at Munich Ludwig Maximilian University, and worked as an external for the German Near and Middle East Association (NUMOV) and the German Orient Institute (DOI) in Berlin and was co-head of the editorial office of Germany's oldest scientific journal on the Middle East, ORIENT.
Mr. Schulz studied at Munich Ludwig Maximilian University and Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkey). He graduated in 2009 with a Magister Artium (M.A.) degree in Political Science and International Relations, History and Culture of the Near and Middle East/ Turcology, and European Law. From 2011-2013 he held a graduates' stipend from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and has subsequently conducting and publishing research on Turkey and the Middle East.
Mr. Schulz's fields of expertise and interest include primarily Turkey’s domestic and foreign affairs, economic and energy policies as well as societal issues, such as the Kurdish or minority issues, cultural studies, the intercultural and interreligious dialogue as well as aspects of the living conditions of Turks in Germany. Mr. Schulz regularly lectures on Turkey and Middle East politics at academic and civic education institutions in Germany and abroad. His projects and activities brought him many countries in the MENA region, such as Algeria, Tunisia, Israel and the Gulf countries. Furthermore, at C.A.P. he managed the "Black Sea Young Reformers Fellowship" in 2013, dedicated to transformation processes at the Black Sea region, and from 2016-2020 the project "Political consultancy and strategy development" of the Government of Bavaria with the Tunisian Republic together with partner institutions in Tunisia. From 2013 to 2022 he was also member of te baord of Network Turkey.
One of Mr. Schulz's more recent publications "Out of Siberia, into the Desert? The Middle East and North Africa as Building Blocks of Europe’s Energy Transition," (with Simon Engelkes), in KAS International Reports, 2, 2022, pp. 6-19 or "Shaping Geopolitical Destiny and Coping with Global Complexity: Germany and Turkey as Central Powers in International Politics," in Ebru Turhan (Ed.): German-Turkish relations revisited. Baden-Baden 2019, pp. 111-142.