January 13, 2010  

Ambassador Klaus Scharioth
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Washington, D.C.

Topic:  German-U.S. strategic partnership in the 21st Century

Ambassador Klaus Scharioth presented his credentials to President George W. Bush on March 13, 2006.

Klaus Scharioth was born in 1946 in Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia. He studied law in Bonn, Freiburg and Geneva. He is also a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he studied international relations, international law and international economics and received his PhD. He entered the Foreign Service in 1976 and was political director before serving as State Secretary of the German Foreign Office from 2002 onwards. He is married and has three children. 

Curriculum Vitae

1966       Obtained higher education entrance qualification, Abitur, in Essen
1966-1967 18 months of Military Service
1967-1968 Studied political science, sociology and psychology in Caldwell, Idaho
1968-1973 Studied law in Bonn, Freiburg and Geneva
1973 Passed first state law exam
1973-1975 Studied international relations, international law and international finance and economics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Harvard Law School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government
1974 M.A. from the Fletcher School
1975 M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School
1976 Entered the Foreign Service
1978 Ph.D. from the Fletcher School
1977-1979 Asia Division, Press Division and State Secretary's Office at Federal Foreign Office
1979-1982 German Embassy, Quito
1982-1986 Policy Planning Staff, Federal Foreign Office
1986-1990 Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations, NY; Vice Chairman of the UN Legal and Charter Committees
1990-1993 International Law Division, Federal Foreign Office
1993-1996 Chef de Cabinet (director of the private office) to NATO Secretary-General, Brussels
1996-1997 Head of the Defense and Security Policy Division, Federal Foreign Office
1997-1998 Office of the Foreign Minister
as of April 1998, Head
1998-1999 Head of the International Security and North America Directorate
1999-2002 Political Director and Head of the Political Directorate-General
2002-2006 State Secretary of the Foreign Office
As of March 2006 Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States

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