Head of Mission: Günther Freisleben

The EU's Political and Security Committee appointed Günther Freisleben, a high-ranking police official from Germany, as new Head of the European Union Border Assistance Mission for the Rafah Crossing Point (EUBAM Rafah) in December 2017.

Throughout his career, Mr. Freisleben held a number of positions both within Germany and internationally. 

  • 2014 - 2017, Police Headquarters Karlsruhe City and Region, Chief of Police/Head of all units
  • 2006 - 2014, Police Division Schwäbisch Hall, Brigadier /Chief of Police 
  • 2001 - 2006, State Police College of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Wertheim Branch, Colonel and Head of Wertheim Branch
  • 1997 - 2000, Ministry of Interior, State of Baden-Wuerttemberg/Germany, Managing Director ("Technology program future „) financial volume of 680 million DM

International Experience:

  • 2017, Palestine, Advisor and Appraiser for Community Policing Program and Leadership Development Course for PCP on behalf of GIZ and BKA
  • 2015-2016, Tanzania, Advisor and Appraiser for Police Education and Advanced Police training, Leadership Development Course for TPF on behalf of BKA as part of the East Africa II project.
  • 2012-2014, Kosovo,EULEX, Rule of Law Mission, Head of Executive Police and Deputy Head of the Executive Division, assigned as official member of the European External Action Service for EU-Belgrade-Pristina dialogue; Focus: Integration of Serbian security organizations (police, civil defense) in northern Kosovo.                                   
  • 2011, Maldives, fact-finding-mission on behalf of Federal German Government to launch a bilateral support mission - Building a Democratic Police                     
  • 2004-2005, Bosnia- Hercegovina, EUPM Chief Advisor to the Republica Srpska,
    Head of international staff
  • since 2001, Various international assignments (short term) for the United Nations, the European Union, the Federal Foreign Office (ZIF), the Federal Ministry of Interior and for the Netherlands (CESS - Center for European Security Studies)

Other Experience:

  • Since 2005, Trainer for the United Nations, Co-Author of Distance Learning Course and text book: United Nations Police: Restoring Civil Order Following Hostilities
  • Since 2002, assigned to the Commission of Police Regulations (permanent sub working group for the conference of ministers of Interior) as State Representative
  • 2001 – 2006, Assigned to the nationwide working group of police missions abroad


  • 2011 – 2014      University Saarland/Germany Master Commercial Law LL.M. (com) – Studied Business Law
  • 2004 – 2008      University Kaiserslautern/Germany  Master of Arts (M.A.) – social science study of andragogy (adult education)
  • 1992 – 1994      German Police University (Deutsche Hochschule der Polizei (former Polizei-Führungsakademie), Münster-Hiltrup