Germany: Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the OECD


Mr. Matei Ion Hoffmann

Matei Ion Hoffman, Ambassador of Germany to the OECD

Ambassador Matei Ion Hoffmann took up his duties as Permanent Representative of Germany to the OECD on 23 July 2015.


Mr. Hoffmann was born on 19 October 1951 in Bucharest. He holds a doctorate in law and joined the German Federal Foreign Office in 1980.


From 1982 to 1985, Mr. Hoffmann was posted to the German Embassy in Washington. He was then appointed Consul in Porto Alegre, Brazil, from 1985 to 1986. He returned to the Foreign Office in 1986 – first at the Central Directorate-General and in 1989 as Personal Assistant to the State Secretary.


From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Hoffmann was Head of the Press and Public Relations Section at the German Embassy in Paris. Subsequently he was appointed to the Federal Chancellery, where he was responsible for European affairs, WEU and bilateral relations with Turkey until 1994, when he became Head of the Federal Chancellor’s office. From 1996 to 1999, he was Deputy Chief of Mission and chargé d’affaires a.i. at the German Embassy in Rome. In 1999 he sat up the Reconstruction Agency of the German Federal Government in Kosovo. He then served as Deputy High Representative (OHR) in Sarajevo before returning to the Federal Foreign Office in 2000 as Co-ordinator of international human resource policy.


From October 2002 until his appointment as Permanent Representative of Germany to the OECD in 2005, Mr. Hoffmann served as Ambassador in Colombia. He then served as Ambassador in Algeria from 2009 to 2011, in Hungary from 2011 to 2014, and for eleven months, until his recent appointment as Permanent Representative of Germany to the OECD, as Ambassador within the MFA (Protocol).


Mr. Hoffmann is married to Dr. med. Roswitha D. Hoffmann and has two children.