Babak Khalatbari was born in 1975 in Witten, Germany. After secondary school he absolved his military service at the tank battalion 203 in Hemer, Germany and Shilo, Canada. After that he studied at the universities of Muenster, Cologne and Kuwait. In 2002 he completed his Masters. His PhD research “The Middle East and the EU in the 21st century” focused on the development of the external relations of the European Union with the Middle East.
In 2003 he absolved the basic training course for the Deployment of Civilian Personnel in International Peace Operations. Since 2000 he worked with the Task Force for Defence Policy of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary faction in the German Bundestag, the German-Saudi Liaison Office for Economic Affairs in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and various Consulting Firms. In 2005 he joined the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and was posted to Kabul to head the Afghanistan Office. In August 2006 he received through the ISAF deputy Commander Major General Hans-Werner Ahrens a medal for excellence for his services. In July 2007 he reopened the KAS Office in Islamabad, Pakistan. From then until January 2012 he headed the KAS offices in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
In 2010 he was appointed by the Parliamentary faction of the CDU/CSU to be their Assessor in the foreign relations Committee of the German Bundestag on the catalogue of criteria of the mission in Afghanistan. Currently he is in charge for the Pakistan Office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Dr. Khalatbari’s work on Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran as well as about the Taliban movement and terrorism is published regularly in major newspapers and magazines. He speaks German, English, Dari, Farsi and some Arabic. He is married and has two children.