Ambassador Dr. Christoph Heusgen has been the Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations since July 2017.
After graduating from the University of St. Gallen in 1977, Ambassador Heusgen undertook post-graduate studies at St. Gallen and Sorbonne in Paris, receiving his PhD in economics in 1980. In the same year, he joined the German Foreign Office.
After two years of training (1980-1982), Ambassador Heusgen took up his first post in press and economic affairs at the Consulate General in Chicago (1983-1986). Next, he served as Deputy Head of Delegation to COCOM at the German Embassy in Paris (1986-1988) before returning to the Foreign Office headquarters located in Bonn, where he took on the role of Private Secretary to the Coordinator for German-French Relations (1988-1990).
Ambassador Heusgen also held the positions of Deputy Head of the special section in charge of negotiations of the Treaty of Maastricht (1990-1992), Deputy Head in charge of European Affairs in the private office of Foreign Minister Kinkel (1993-1997), Deputy Director-General for European Affairs (1997-1999), and Director of the Policy Unit of the High Representative Javier Solana in the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union in Brussels (1999-2005).
Before coming to New York, Ambassador Heusgen served as Foreign Policy and Security Advisor to the Federal Chancellor and Director General at the Foreign Office from 2005 to 2017.
Dr. Christoph Heusgen is married and has four children.