Dr Frank Umbach is a Senior Associate and Head of the Programme 'International Energy Security' at the Centre for European Security Strategies (CESS) GmbH, Munich-Berlin and Associate Director of the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) at King‘s College, London. He is also a consultant on international energy security and security policies as well as the Asia-Pacific region.
His expertise is in energy, foreign and security policies in Russia, the Caspian region, Asia-Pacific (i.e. China and Japan), the EU and Germany in the areas of energy (supply) security, energy foreign policy, geopolitical risks, global energy challenges and maritime security.
Since 2010, he has been a member of the new Ukraine 2020 Task Force - an initiative of the US-Ukraine Foundation in Washington and the Pylyp Orlyk Institute for Democracy in Kyiv to support Ukraine's European integration – and on Collective Security in Southwest Asia to 2020, organised by the East-West-Institute in Brussels .
He was a member of an expert group on the future NATO-Russia relations, organised 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 trans-Atlantic expert groups on energy security.
Dr Umbach was appointed as an official advisor of the (previous) 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 ten years, from 1996 to the end of 2007, Dr Umbach was Head of the Programmes 'International Energy Security' and 'Security Policies in Asia-Pacific' at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Bonn and Berlin.
He has been a consult and written analyses also on behalf of the German Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence Policies; the European Commission and European Parliament, the US State Department, US Energy Department, US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (US-Congress), the Lithuanian Government, the Polish Foreign Ministry, the House of Lords (British Parliament), NATO, the OSCE, and one of the Presidential Working Groups on 'International Issues Relating to Raw Materials' of the Federation of the German Industries (BDI) in 2005/2006. He has also been repeatedly invited for expert hearings in the European Parliament and of the European Commission in Brussels.
Dr Umbach is a Member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London and the author of more than 300 publications in 25 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, got a Masters in 1990 and a PhD in 1996 at the University of Bonn.