Lars Gerdes

Deputy Executive Director, Returns & Operations at Frontex

Dr. Lars Gerdes serves as Frontex’s Deputy Executive Director RO, responsible for the Agency’s operations at external EU borders as well as return-related activities.

Over the course of more than two decades, Dr. Gerdes has acquired experience in law enforcement, security and political fields. Having led large police operations and organizational units in Germany and abroad, he is particularly practiced in border management and countering cross border crime as well as national and European policy-making.

From 2014 – 2018, Dr. Gerdes served as alternate German member of the Frontex Management Board.

He holds a PhD in International Policing and Transnational Organized Crime, Masters degrees and equivalent in Security Studies and Police Management; and has published on European, security and crime matters.


  • Deputy Executive Director, Returns & Operations

    Current role

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