Christian Ksoll graduated with master’s degrees in public policy (MPP) and public affairs (MPA) from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore and the Sciences-Po Paris, respectively. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Hamburg and the University of Växjö (Sweden), where he graduated with a degree in economics. During his studies, he focused on the area of trade and transport as well as development economics. While still at university, he gained practical insights into budget negotiations at Germany’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, in a public-private partnership at the HypoVereinsbank in Munich and at UNCTAD in Geneva and New York. Before starting university, he did his alternative civilian service at the German Seaman’s Mission in Antwerp and twice took over as head of the Seaman’s Mission in Douala (Cameroon) for a total period of nine months. Christian Ksoll speaks English, Dutch and French.