Dr. Hanns H. Schumacher

Dr. Hanns H. Schumacher, born on 10th of November 1948 in Duisburg (Germany), studied Political Science, Journalism and Law at the University of Hamburg.

His diplomatic career began in the German Foreign Office in Bonn in 1977. After he had earned his PhD (“Food Aid System of the European Economic Community”; University of Hamburg) in 1979, he held diplomatic posts in several countries and cities from 1979 to 2014 including Tel Aviv (Israel), Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago), Windhoek (Namibia), Helsinki (Finland), Bagdad (Iraq) and Bangkok (Thailand).

Furthermore, Dr. Schumacher worked in the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany for ten years (1984-1993), at first as the Personal Assistant to German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher and afterwards as the Press Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

From 1997 to 1999 he was the Senior Deputy High Representative for the Civil Implementation of the Dayton Peace Accord, OHR Sarajevo, the advisor to the Bosnian Council of Ministers and in charge of refugee return.

Moreover, Dr. Schumacher was proxy of the Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN in New York until 2003. In 2011, he became the Ambassador of the Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the office of the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva, including WHO and WIPO.

Ambassador Dr. Schumacher retired from the Foreign Service in June 2014. He is an elected Member of the German UNICEF Committee since 2008. Until 2019, he has been appointed by the German Foreign Office as Special Envoy to promote the German candidature for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council for the term 2019/2020.