Sven Behrendt

Former  Visiting Scholar
Middle East Center
Behrendt is an expert in global issues, international negotiations, conflict resolution, and corporate strategy. He previously served at the World Economic Forum in various management positions.

Masters, Politics and Management; Ph.D., International Affairs, University of Konstanz, Germany.

  • English
  • French
  • German
Contact Information

Sven Behrendt is no longer with the Carnegie Endowment.

Sven Behrendt was a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center. He is a specialist in corporate strategy and political risk management and has a profound understanding of the forces that are at the base of the rapid transformations of the world’s political and economic systems. Most recently, he focused his attention on Sovereign Wealth Funds from emerging economies as agents of change in global finance and in the broader context of the shifting power equation in the global economy.

Before his appointment, he served at the World Economic Forum in various management positions, making a substantial contribution turning the Forum into a global knowledge-based multi-stakeholder platform. Most recently he headed the Forum’s mining and metals industry practice, working together with industry leaders on a joint global agenda for the extractive sector.

Prior to his assignment at the World Economic Forum, he was Research Fellow at the Bertelsmann Foundation’s policy think tank, the Bertelsmann Group on Policy Research, where he facilitated political dialogue between European and the Middle Eastern policy makers, resulting in numerous diplomatic breakthroughs.

Behrendt is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.

Selected publications:
Europe and the Middle East: Bound to Cooperate (with Christian-Peter Hanelt, Guetersloh: Bertelsmann Foundation, 2000); The Secret Israeli-Palestinian Talks in Oslo: Their Success and Why the Process Ultimately Failed (London: Routledge, 2007); “The Statecraft of Business,” in Strategy and Business (2007).

Areas of Expertise

Please note

You are leaving the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy's website and entering another Carnegie global site.