Urban Beckmann, born in 1969, is head of the Dialogues Department at ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen/Institute for international cultural relations) since 2011.
Urban Beckmann studied political science, history, economic policy and ethnology in Mainz and Münster as well as peace and conflict studies at the European Peace University in Stadtschlaining/Österreich.
From 1997 to 1998 he was lector for the German language in Lublin/Poland. From 1999 to 2003 he initiated and attended to various media- and culture projects for the ifa and the “Gesellschaft für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit” (Society of economic cooperation) in Poland and the Czech Republic. Later on he worked as a freelance media consultant in Brandenburg.
At the end of 2004 he became head of the Integration and Media Department at ifa.
Since 2011he is responsible for the alignment of the Dialogues Department with main focuses on the promotion of German minorities, civil conflict resolution, Dialogues with Islamic shaped societies, promotion of civil societies in countries facing transformation, as well as German as a foreign language.