Areas of Expertise

  • Technology and international relations
  • German and European digital foreign policy
  • International technology cooperation
  • Internet governance
  • Informal organizations and partnerships (e.g., G7/G20)


German, English, French; working knowledge of Mandarin and Spanish

David Hagebölling is a research fellow in the Technology and Global Affairs Program at DGAP and chair for internet technologies and systems at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI). His current research covers the development of a German digital foreign policy, European priorities in the governance of the internet’s infrastructure, and strategic aspects of international technology cooperation.

Previously, Hagebölling was a visiting researcher at the WZB Berlin Social Science Research Center and the Technical University of Munich. He is in the final stages of his doctoral dissertation at the University of Oxford, in which he investigates the increasing shift of international cooperation into informal organizations such as the G7/G20. During his studies, he also worked with several German federal ministries and one of Europe’s largest development finance institutions.

Hagebölling holds a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s diploma from Sciences Po Paris. He completed additional coursework at the London School of Economics, Fudan University, and the University of Cologne.