PD Dr. Ansgar Klein, born 1959 in Berlin, is a graduate sociologist, PhD in Political Sciences and an associate professor of Political Science at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Since 1988 he is a co-editor of “Research Journal Social Movements. Analysis on democracy and civil society” as well as for 10 years a co-editor of the book series “Civil Society and Democracy” (Springer-Verlag VS). He is also a managing editor of the “Engagement and Participation in Theory and Practice” (Wochenschau Verlag) since 2013.

Ansgar Klein has been Executive Director of the BBE since its foundation in 2002. He is Member of the steering committee of the discussion group “Civil Society and Activating State” of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.