Gerhard Schindler

Senior Expert

President of the BND ret.

Gerhard Schindler

Security expert with strong connections to security authorities in Germany and abroad

Gerhard Schindler supports friedrich30 strategically with his many years of expertise and experience in security issues. Moreover, he adds his experience as a head of government bodies to the projects.
Gerhard has a network connected to intelligence agencies and has many international contacts.


From 2012 until his retirement in 2016, Gerhard was president of the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND). There, he was in charge of the worldwide gathering of information, reconnaissance in areas of conflict, and analysis and assessment of even unconventionally gained intelligence.

Gerhard made his career in the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI). From 2008, as ministerial director and head of the public security department, he was responsible for the technical supervision of the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV).

Prior to that, he headed the counter-terrorism sub-department, was head of the budget department, permanent representative of the head of the central department and head of the "Modern State - Modern Administration" staff unit.

Before joining the BMI, Gerhard managed an observation unit at the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution. He began his career as a police enforcement officer with the Federal Border Police, now the Federal Police.


Gerhard is a lawyer and did two years of military service with the paratroopers of the German Armed Forces; he is a first lieutenant in the reserve.


In his free time, the married family man enjoys jogging, relaxing while reading a book, and is active in publishing.