Colin Dürkop has been working for the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), one of the German political foundations, for the past 29 years. Before his last posting in Ankara, he was KAS Regional Representative for Korea/Japan and Director of the KAS Political Dialogue Programme Asia in Singapore. From 2002 to 2009 he edited the journal Panorama: Insights into Southeast Asian and European Affairs. He also served at the Foundation's headquarters in Germany as the Director of the Asia Department. Earlier, he did stints as KAS Country Representative in Thailand, consulted World Bank projects in Thailand and Turkey and took part in various German bilateral aid consultancy projects. He started his career as an economist at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome.
Colin Dürkop received his PhD in Economic and Social Sciences from the University of Innsbruck/Austria.
Currently he is a visiting research fellow at Kyoto University's Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS).