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Charles Huber

John F. Kennedy Policy Fellow 2015-2016


Charles Huber

Huber is a member of the German Bundestag for the Christian Democratic Union. He is one of the first two Bundestag members of African ancestry.

Prior to entering politics, Huber was best known in Germany for playing Henry Johnson in the German crime series Der Alte. With this role Huber broke ground as the first non-US lead actor of color. A native German, Huber is the son of a German mother and a Senegalese father, who was a diplomat. He is related to the former president of Senegal and philosopher Léopold Sédar Senghor.

In 2002 he founded the organization Afrika Direkt, which supports, young people, the poor and artists in Senegal. He published an autobiography in 2005 called A Bavarian in Senegal: My Life between two Worlds.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Member of the German Parliament, (Bundestag)