Jan Weidenfeld is responsible for MERICS' business development. He also supports the institute's Europeanization agenda as head of the European China Policy Unit (ECPU). His research focuses on Europe-China relations as well as China’s global security policy and infrastructure foreign policy.
Before joining MERICS, Weidenfeld worked as a political analyst for the RAND corporation, where he was responsible for managing a wide range of research projects on European and transatlantic foreign and security policy issues for European governments and EU institutions. Weidenfeld also held research and management positions with the Nato Parliamentary Assembly, the OSCE, the EU Delegation to the International Organisations in Vienna, the European Union Institute for Security Studies, and the European Centre for Development Policy Management. He earned an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge as well as BA degrees in European Studies from the University of Maastricht and in International Relations and Politics from the University of Sussex.