Ambassador Ischinger is a German career diplomat. He has been Chairman of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) since 2008 and teaches at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. He advises the private sector, governments, and international organizations on strategic issues. He has published widely on foreign and security policy.

From 2006 to 2008, he was the Federal Republic of Germany’s Ambassador in London and from 2001 to 2006 in Washington, DC. He served as Deputy Foreign Minister (State Secretary) of Germany from 1998 to 2001.

In 2007, he represented the European Union in the Troika negotiations on the future of Kosovo. In 2014, he served as the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman-In-Office in the Ukraine crisis. In 2015, he chaired the OSCE “Eminent Persons Panel on European Security”, mandated to offer recommendations on how to build a more resilient European security architecture.

From 2008 to 2014, he was also Global Head of Government Relations at Allianz SE, Munich.

Wolfgang Ischinger studied law at the universities of Bonn and Geneva and obtained his law degree in 1972.  He did graduate and postgraduate work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and at Harvard Law School, Cambridge/USA.

He serves on a number of corporate boards and advisory councils. He is a member of the Trilateral Commission, the European Council on Foreign Relations, and of the Governing Board of the Stockholm International Peace and Research Institute (SIPRI). He also serves on the Boards of the International Crisis Group (ICG), of the Atlantic Council, of the American Institute of Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), of the American Academy in Berlin, of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), and of Atlantik-Brücke.