Dr. Wilfried A.Herman

Wilfried A. Herrmann based in Bangkok, is currently Vice-Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the officially Thai registered Human Development Forum Foundation, Bangkok. His actual main focus is not only on political developments in transitional countries in Southeast Asia (especially Myanmar) but also on Human Security Issues (HSI) and/or Non Traditional Security (NTS) issues as well as specialized studies on ASEAN 2015. Additionally, he keeps an eye on maritime security in Southeast and South Asia. He is also senior safety, security and leadership trainer for UN Organizations, international and national NGOs as well as safety and security adviser and consultant for numerous international NGOs. Previous to this position Dr. Herrmann served more than 25 years as a German Army career officer, including positions as Deputy Defence, Army and Navy Attaché accredited to Thailand and Singapore, based at the German Embassy Bangkok; as lecturer for strategy, NATO-Affairs, European Security Policy, Asian Affairs and Asian Islam at the Command and Staff College of the German Armed Forces in Hamburg, and as a specialist for US foreign policy, European Security Policy and Asian Affairs in a think tank of the German Ministry of Defence, as well as an exchange officer at the Command and Staff College of the Indonesian Army (SESKOAD- 1995/6) in Bandung, Indonesia.

Dr. Herrmann has published books and numerous articles on Asian Affairs, NATO, Islamic issues, maritime issues, piracy and nuclear, biological and chemical threats (conventional and terror), the last co-edited volume was “Maritime Strategies in Asia” together with Juergen Schwarz and Hanns Frank Seller (Bangkok 2002), the last contributions to Routledge books on Maritime Security in 2012 and 2013. Furthermore he gave lectures at the universities of Kiel and Hamburg, Germany. He is a listed member of “IISS” in London, as well as the European Southeast Asian Studies center (EUROSEAS) in Leiden, the Netherlands. He is associated member of “Future Directions International (FDI)” in Perth, Australia and the Okazaki-Institute in Tokyo, Japan. He also enjoyed being member of one of the Aspen Institute’s "Young Leaders Projects", The Transatlantic Study Group.

Dr. Herrmann received his PhD in International Politics from the University of the Federal German Armed Forces in Munich. Moreover he held a diploma in educational science and passed successfully the German Armed Forces General Staff Course as well as the Indonesian Army Command and Staff Course.