Ambassador, Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs
After graduating with a Doctorate in Laws of the University of Vienna and the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna he joined the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1981. He served as a diplomat in the Austrian Embassies in Rome / Italy, Belgrade / Yugoslavia and Budapest / Hungary and headed the Austrian Cultural Institute in Rome between 1996 and 2002 and the Directorate General for Cultural Affairs of the Austrian Federal Chancellery from 2002 until 2006. In 2006 he organized the conference ”The Sound of Europe“ in Salzburg as a prelude to the Austrian Presidency. He was ambassador to Indonesia, Singapore, ASEAN 2006-11 and ambassador to Turkey 2012-2017. Since mid-2017 he has been the head of Austrian MFA’s South East Europe unit, and Deputy Political Director since April, 2019.