Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger has been Chairman of the Munich Security Conference since 2008. In 2015, he was named Senior Professor for Security Policy and Diplomatic Practice at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin.
Ischinger began his diplomatic career in 1973 in the cabinet of the UN Secretary-General. In 1975, he joined the Federal Republic of Germany’s Foreign Service. From 1982 to 1990, Wolfgang Ischinger served in the cabinet of the Federal Foreign Minister. In 1990, 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 and in 1995 Political Director. In that role, Ischinger was the head of the German Delegation during the Bosnian Peace negotiations in Dayton/Ohio in 1995, the negotiations on the NATO-Russia Founding Act in 1996/1997, and during the Kosovo crisis in 1998.