Max Brändle was born in 1976 in Emsdetten, Northrhine-Westphalia (Germany) and went to school in Germany and as an exchange student in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (USA). He has studied Philosophy and Literature in Tübingen, New York and Berlin and has earned a doctorate degree in Philosophy. He started working for Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Berlin in 2005 and has been coordinating a council of business leaders for Social Democracy in Germany, the «Managerkreis». In this time, he also earned an MBA-degree form Europäische Fernhochschule Hamburg. In 2012, he joined international department of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Berlin. In 2015 he became Director of the regional office for Croatia and Slovenia of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Zagreb. Since September 2018 he is director of the regional office for Serbia and Montenegro of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Belgrade. Max Brändle is married and has three children. As of July 2019
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is a non-profit German foundation funded by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, and headquartered in Bonn and Berlin. It was founded in 1925 and is named after Germany's first democratically elected President, Friedrich Ebert. FES is committed to the advancement of both socio-political and economic development in the spirit of social democracy, through civic education, research, and international cooperation. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is the oldest political foundation in Germany.