Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler has wide international experience in diplomacy, intelligence and security. He joined the ISIL (Da’esh), al-Qaida/Taliban Sanctions Monitoring Team at the beginning of 2013 and was appointed Coordinator in July 2015.
In the framework of his responsibilities for the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee, Hans coordinates the work of the Monitoring Team and advises on the status of the European nationals and entities on the Al-Qaida Sanctions List. In addition, he advises the Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee on the effective implementation of the global travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo levied by the Al-Qaida sanctions regime against listed individuals and entities.
His responsibilities for the 1988 sanctions regime include advising the 1988 Sanctions Committee on the situation in Afghanistan and the wider region as well as on the status of the individuals and entities on the 1988 Sanctions List (Afghan insurgency). In addition, Hans is responsible for the development of appropriate measures to improve the implementation of the three sanctions measures levied by the 1988 sanctions regime against listed individuals and entities affiliated with the Afghan insurgency.
As part of his duties Hans cooperates closely on sanctions related issues with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the World Customs Organisation (WCO), the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Police Organization (INTERPOL) as well as national governments, security and intelligence agencies, military forces and private sector stakeholders.
Prior to his appointment, Hans worked as an associated partner for West Sands and an associated consultant for Stirling Assynt in in the United Kingdom as well as advisor to several companies in Europe. He consulted on security, political and economic issues concerning the Central Asia, the Gulf, the Middle East and North Africa. In addition, he served as Program Director for the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) in London, leading the Institute's foreign policy-cantered program area.
Between 2005 and 2011 Hans held the position of First Secretary Political Affairs and Liaison to the Security Forces at the German Embassy in Tehran. Acting as special advisor to the ambassador, he led the crisis management team of the embassy during the 2006 and 2009/10 disturbances in Iran.
From 2001 until 2005 Hans headed the federal government of Germany's team investigating al-Qaida in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia. During his career his duties also included the development of homeland security measures as well as risk mitigation, specifically towards insider threats.
Hans holds a Masters and PhD degree in International Terrorism from St. Andrews University.