H.E. Mr. Thomas Mayr-Harting, former Ambassador of the European Union to the United Nations
Thomas Mayr-Harting is Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia in the European External Action Service since the end of 2015. He is a former Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in New York (October 2011-December 2015) and had also served as Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations. In 2009 and 2010 he represented Austria on the UN Security Council, and in November 2009 he was President of the Security Council. He was also one of the Vice-Presidents of the 66th UN General Assembly.
Thomas Mayr-Harting joined the Austrian diplomatic service in 1979. In the course of his career he has worked, inter alia, at the Austrian Mission to the European Communities in Brussels, the Austrian Embassy in Moscow, the Private Office of the Austrian Foreign Minister and as Director for Security Policy and Policy Planning. Between 2003 and 2008 Thomas Mayr-Harting served as Director General for Political Affairs in the
Foreign Ministry of Austria. From 1999 to 2003 he was Austrian Ambassador to Belgium and Head of the Austrian Mission to NATO.
Thomas Mayr-Harting studied law at the University of Vienna. He is also an alumnus of the College of Europe (Promotion Karl Renner). In 1978, he was awarded the Diploma of The Hague Academy of International Law.