H.E. Mr. Gerhard Pfanzelter, former Ambassador of Austria to the United Nations
Mr. Pfanzelter served as Ambassador of Austria to the United Nations from 1999 – 2008. Prior to this he was Head of the Department for International Organizations for Austria’s Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs. He had occupied that position since 1993, when he finished a four-year term as Austria’s Ambassador to Syria. Before that — from 1983 to 1989 — he was Austria’s Ambassador to Senegal, Gambia, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Guinea and Mauritania.
Mr. Pfanzelter’s diplomatic career began in 1969, when he started work in the Cabinet of the Foreign Minister of Austria. In 1972, he was appointed First Secretary at the Austrian Embassy in Italy, where he stayed until 1975. From 1975 to 1979, he worked as Counsellor and Deputy Chief of his country’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. Upon his return to Austria in 1979, he took the position of Deputy Director of the United Nations Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Head of Policy Coordination Unit. He remained at that post until 1983.
Mr. Pfanzelter took his law degree at the University of Innsbruck in 1966. In 1965, he also studied international law at the University of Strasbourg, France. Later, he attended the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University Bologna Center, and in 1972, he received a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.
Born in Innsbruck, Austria, in 1943, Mr. Pfanzelter is married and has three children.