Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven

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Person.png Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(diplomat, spook)
Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven 2020.jpg
Born12 November 1956
Alma materBonn University, Free University of Berlin, Oxford University
ParentsBernd Freytag von Loringhoven
SpouseBarbara von Ow
Member ofIntegrity Initiative/Cluster/Germany
Spook and diplomat. Part of the German cell of the Integrity Initiative. NATO's first chief of intelligence 2016-2019.

Employment.png Germany/Ambassador/Poland

In office
2020 - Present

Employment.png BND/Deputy Director

In office
2007 - 2010

Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven is a German diplomat and chemist. He currently serves as Germany's ambassador to Poland. Loringhoven was deputy director of Germany's Federal Intelligence Service (BND) between 2007 and 2010. He was NATO‍ '​s first chief of intelligence (1 December 2016 – 2019).[1] He was also Germany's ambassador to the Czech Republic and was a diplomat at the German Embassy in Moscow.[2]

He was part of the German cell of the Integrity Initiative.

Early Life

Loringhoven was born in Munich on 12 November 1956. He is the son of the late German lieutenant-general Bernd Freytag von Loringhoven.[3] He is an Oxford graduate and completed his PhD studies at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried in 1984.


After joining the German Foreign Ministry in 1986, he was a diplomat at embassies in Paris and Moscow and he has also held several positions in the Foreign Ministry including Director of European Affairs.[1]

In May 2017 he attended a panel debate about the counter-terrorism strategy of the NATO Civilian Intelligence Committee in the Croatian town of Opatija, where he also met with Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.[4] In December 2017, he spoke at the Prague Insecurity Conference, saying that "hybrid threats" from Russia and terrorist groups were increasing. He argued that Russia was attempting to regain some of its waning influence in Europe using "hybrid tactics" which included the influencing of elections, cyberattacks and dissemination of fake news propaganda.[5]

In August 2020, it was reported that Loringhoven had been appointed as the German ambassador to Poland by Heiko Maas, the Foreign Minister of Germany. Poland took additional time to consider giving him agrément. It was disputed if the reason is because of Loringhoven's father's participation in the German invasion of Poland and service in the Führerbunker until the end (although he had to repudiate Nazism to continue in the reconstituted army after the war)[6] or whether the conflict was due to Polish opposition to German meddling in the country's politics.


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