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German Ambassador Martin Schäfer

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Martin Schäfer

Born in 1967 in Bremen

1987
Higher education entrance qualification (Abitur)
1987 - 1993
Studies of Law in Freiburg, Lausanne, Münster
1987 - 1990
Degree in Economics in Freiburg
1993
First State Examination (Law)
1990 - 1996
Lecturer at the Public Administration Colleges Essen and Bochum and the Ruhrkohle Vocational Training Society in Essen
1990 - 1991
Masters Degree in Social Sciences at the University of Montpellier
1992 - 1993
Degree in Political Sciences, History and Sociology at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris
1994 - 1995
Degree in Admistration at the Ecole National d'Administration Publique in Paris and Strasbourg
1996
PhD in Law at the University of Münster
1996 - 1998
Preparatory service at the German Foreign Office
1998 - 1999
German Foreign Office, Berlin
1999 - 2002
German Embassy Kiev
2002 - 2005
German Embassy Santiago de Chile
2005 - 2007
German Foreign Office, Berlin
2007 - 2011
German Embassy Pretoria
2011 - 2013
Deputy Spokesperson of the German Foreign Office
2013 - 2017
Spokesperson of the German Foreign Office
since 10/2017
Ambassador to South Africa, Lesotho and Eswatini

Huffington Post Opinion Pieces

Whats Up This Week, Mr Ambassador

Ambassador Schäfer handed over an original Jersey to Sello Hatang.German National team Germany Football Team - Die Mannschaftand coach Jogi Löw pay tribute to Madiba and Nelson Mandela Foundation... Cherishing memories of FIFA World Cup 2010 in Mzansi ... ... And hoping for #MadibaMagic in the year of #Mandela100 in Russia! #BeTheLegacy #WhatsUpThisWeek

Sam Nzima

A photograph can open our eyes - to injustices, to brutalities, to what needs to be changed. South African veteran photographer Sam Nzima's photo of Hector Pieterson did exactly this. We will always be grateful for his courage and iconic work. #RIPSamNzima

German Ambassador Martin Schäfer

German Ambassador Martin Schäfer is no newcomer to South Africa, having worked here from 2007 until 2011. He then became the German Foreign Office’s spokesperson.

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