Ambassador Hans-Jürgen Heimsoeth took up his duties as Permanent Representative of Germany to the OECD on 16 July 2012.
Mr. Heimsoeth was born in Mussoorie (India) in 1953. After graduating from 1976 to 1977 several examinations of the University of Freibourg (Germany), in history, philosophy and German language, he received a degree in political science from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (IEP) in Paris in 1979 and a Ph.D. in history in 1987.
He started his diplomatic career in the German Foreign Office in 1981 and held various posts in Bonn (Germany), Moscow (Soviet Union), Mogadishu (Somalia), Brasilia (Brazil) and Warsaw (Poland). From 1989 to 1994 he served as Private Secretary to the Federal President, Richard von Weizsäcker.
Mr. Heimsoeth was appointed Ambassador and Commissioner for the Baltic Sea Region at the Federal Foreign Office in 2000 and chaired the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) until 2001. After 2001 he headed several divisions at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin dealing with Central Eastern Europe, the Baltic States and some Nordic States, the Benelux as well as German Transborder Cooperation. From 2005-2008, Mr. Heimsoeth was Consul-General in New York (United States).
From 2008 until his nomination as Permanent Representative of Germany to the OECD, Ambassador Hans-Jürgen Heimsoeth was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in Kiev (Ukraine).
Mr. Heimsoeth is married and has two children.