Rüdiger Lentz is the executive director of the Aspen Institute Germany. Prior to that he was the executive director of the German-American Heritage Foundation and Museum in Washington from 2009 to 2013, and from 1998 to 2009 the Washington Bureau and Senior Diplomatic Correspondent for Deutsche Welle, earlier serving as its Brussels Bureau Chief. Before joining Deutsche Welle, he worked as a correspondent for the German news magazine Der Spiegel, after having served in the German Armed Forces for eight years and as a TV commentator and reporter at ARD/WDR, Germany’s largest public TV and radio station. He also held various positions including that of editor-in-chief at RIAS-TV Berlin from 1990 to 1992. He was a Visiting Lecturer at Harvard University, the School of Foreign Service in Washington, and is a long time member of the Atlantik-Brücke and a founding member of the German American Business Council (GABC) in Washington. Rüdiger studied international relations, history and economics at the University of Hamburg.