AGYA Member

Florian Kohstall

Political Science

Areas of Expertise for Media Inquiries:
Elections and Reform Processes in the Middle East, Higher Education and Science Policy Countries: Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Iraq

About me

I am the Director of the Liaison Office of the Freie Universität Berlin in Cairo, which I was assigned to open in 2010 and Coordinator of the project Welcome@FUBerlin. My research interests comprise political elections, university reforms and the role of donor organizations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

I have developed a solide research portfolio on higher education, research policy and the current transformation process in the Arab region. In addition to my in-depth knowledge of the Arab university landscape, I have a very strong network that should be of great benefit for the AGYA. For over ten years I have observed the challenges Arab scholars are facing in sciences and humanities, when it comes to develop their own ideas, make their research accessible and engage in international cooperation.

In the AGYA I am especially interested in debating the deep implications of the establishment of knowledge societies and a joint Euro-Mediterranean education and research area.

Current projects


  • Member of the AGYA Working Groups Transformation & Arab and German Education
  • "The Battle for the Ballot: Elections in times of political crisis"
  • "The Internationalization of Higher Education in the MENA region"
  • "Academia in Transformation"

Academic Career

2013 - Vice-Director, German Science Center Cairo (DWZ); Egypt
2010 - Director, Freie Universität Berlin Cairo Office; Egypt
2009 PhD in Political Science (Dr phil), Freie Universität Berlin & Institut d’Études Politiques d’Aix-en-Provence; Germany & France
2007 - 2009 Lecturer in Political Science (ATER), Institut d’Études Politiques d‘Aix-en-Provence; France
2004 - 2007 Research Fellow, Centre d'Études et de la Documentation Juridiques, Économiques et Sociales (CEDEJ); Cairo, Egypt
2002 Diplôme des Études Approfondies (D. E. A.), Institut d’Etudes Politiques d’Aix-en-Provence; France
2001 Diploma in Political Science, Otto-Suhr-Institute, Freie Universität Berlin; Germany

Selected Publications

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