Head of ESDC
A. Short biography of the Head of the ESDC, Mr Holger OSTERRIEDERA graduate of Cambridge University (M.Phil. in International Relations), the French National School of Administration (promotion “Léopold Sédar Senghor”), and the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne (Maîtrise Lettres modernes), Holger Osterrieder also studied at the University of Oxford and at Bamberg University. During his career so far, he has worked as an international civil servant and a diplomat with EU institutions, Member States, and the United Nations, both at headquarters and in the field. On May 21, 2022, he was appointed by the High Representative and Vice-President of the Commission as Head of the European Security and Defence College, and took up his duties on September 1, 2022.
B. The Head’s Vision about the CollegeThe cornerstone of the College is formed by high-quality courses with ensured, objectively measurable learning outcomes, meeting a clearly identified training requirement, deriving from the EU civilian and military training groups or directly from the Member States. The ESDC has to preserve and cherish its network character, whilst relying to the highest extent possible on the existing structures and on automated systems for administrative tasks. The network is the best suited asset to spread knowledge about the common security and defence policy effectively across the EU and its neighbourhood and to enhance a common security and defence culture.
The ESDC will remain a flexible organisation that can easily react to new requirements and will be able to support the external action of EU Member States and Institutions, including by reaching out to partners worldwide for mutual benefit.