Prof. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Ischinger
Wolfgang Ischinger has been Chairman of the Munich Security Conference since 2008.
Wolfgang Ischinger studied law in Bonn und Geneva as well as international law, foreign economic relations and history at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Harvard Law School. After his studies, he served on the staff of the Secretary General of the United Nations in New York. In 1975, he joined the Federal Republic of Germany’s Foreign Service. After working in the Policy Planning Staff of the Federal Foreign Office and at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C., he served on the staff of the Federal Foreign Minister, became the Minister’s Private Secretary, and Chief of the Parliament and Cabinet Division of the Federal Foreign Office. Later, he was appointed Minister and Head of the Political Section of the German Embassy to Paris. In 1993, he was named Director of the Policy Planning Staff of the Federal Foreign Office. In 1998, he was appointed State Secretary (Deputy Foreign Minister) of the Foreign Office. Between 2001 and 2008, he was German Ambassador to the United Kingdom and the United States of America.