Ulf Engel is Professor of "Politics in Africa" at the University of Leipzig. He is the director of the Integrated Research Training Group of the DFG Collaborative Research Centre 1199 "Specialisation under the Global Condition" and co-speaker of the DFG priority programme "Adaptation and Creativity in Africa". Ulf Engel also teaches and researches as an Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Political Science at Stellenbosch University and Fellow at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) as well as Visiting Professor at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) at Addis Ababa University. He has been advising the Peace and Security Department of the African Union since 2006.
Engel’s research interests include international and regional organisations, German African policy, and political developments in South and Southern Africa.