Ambassador Prof. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Ischinger

Chairman of the Munich Security Conference

Ambassador Ischinger is Chairman of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) and Senior Professor for Security Policy and Diplomatic Practice at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin as well as Honorary Professor at the University of Tübingen. He advises companies, international organizations and governments on political and strategic issues.

Wolfgang Ischinger is a member of various supervisory and advisory boards, including the executive committee of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), the Board of Directors of the Atlantik-Brücke and the Board of Trustees of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), the American Academy in Berlin, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) and the Atlantic Council. He is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Hensoldt GmbH and the international Supervisory Board of Investcorp, London.

After studying law and international relations, he first worked in the cabinet of the United Nations Secretary-General in New York before joining the Diplomatic Service in 1975. From 1982 to 1990 he was a close associate of the then German Minister of Foreign Affairs Genscher. From 1993 to 1995 he was Head of the Planning Staff and from 1995 Political Director. From 1998 to 2001 he was State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office, from 2001 to 2006 he was Ambassador in Washington and from 2006 to 2008 he was Ambassador in London. In 2008 he took over the chairmanship of the Munich Security Conference. From 2008 to 2015 he was also Chief Representative of the Allianz SE, Munich.

Ambassador Ischinger represented the EU in the troika negotiations on the Kosovo in 2007 and the OSCE Chairmanship in 2014 in the efforts to achieve national dialogue in the Ukraine. In 2015, he chaired the Panel of Eminent Persons established by the OSCE to strengthen the European security architecture.