Ernst Uhrlau

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Wolfgang Ischinger, left, and Ernst Uhrlau, right, at the Munich Security Conference in 2009. Photo: Sebastian Swez

Ernst Uhrlau served as President of the German Federal intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), from 2005 to 2011.

Uhrlau was born in 1946 in Hamburg. He studied politics, sociology and economics in Hamburg and later worked for the Hamburg police college. He began working for Germany's domestic intelligence agency, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, in 1981 and was responsible for establishing the Brandenburg branch of the agency in 1991 after German reunification. He joined the BND in 1998 and became president in December 2005.[1]

He was succeeded as President of the BND by Gerhard Schindler on 1 January 2012.[2] In February 2012, Uhrlau began working as an advisor to Deutsche Bank.[3]