Gerhard Conrad (born 1954) is an agent of the Federal Intelligence Service (BND), the foreign intelligence agency of Germany, and one its foremost experts on the Arab world. A fluent Arabic speaker, he was bureau chief of the BND's Damascus office from 1998 to 2002. He holds a doctorate of Islamic studies. His wife also works as a BND agent.
In 2008, Conrad brokered the deal between Israel and Hezbollah, where the remains of Israeli soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev were returned to Israel in exchange for the return of the Samir Kuntar as well as another four Lebanese men detained in Israeli custody, and the remains of 190 persons captured or killed during the 2006 Lebanon War
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- Bryant, Christa Case (December 23 2009). "Gilad Shalit deal: German mediator delivers Israel offer to Hamas". The Christian Science Monitor. http://www.csmonitor.com/World/terrorism-security/2009/1223/Gilad-Shalit-deal-German-mediator-delivers-Israel-offer-to-Hamas.
- de Quetteville, Harry (July 16th 2008). "Germany, Israel, hostages and Hezbollah". The Telegraph. http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/harrydequetteville/4633091/Germany_Israel_hostages_and_Hezbollah_/.
- Pidd, Helen (Wednesday 12 October 2011). "Gerhard Conrad: German Mr Hezbollah who helped to free Gilad Shalit". Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/12/gerhard-conrad-german-gilad-shalit?newsfeed=true.