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Walter J. Lindner, State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office

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Walter J. Lindner has been State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office since February 2017. He was born on 25 November 1956 in Munich, married, one daughter.

State Secretary Walter Lindner
State Secretary Walter Lindner© AA

Curriculum vitae

1976
Gained higher education entrance qualification (Abitur)

1976-1980
Non‑military national service followed by music studies in Munich, Graz and Boston

1980-1986
Read law with political sciences and Spanish as subsidiary subjects at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich

1986-1988
Practical legal training in Munich and work as translator for Spanish and Portuguese

1988
Entered diplomatic service

1988-1990
Attaché in the Legal Directorate-General at the Federal Foreign Office, Bonn

1990-1992
Desk officer for press and political affairs at the German Embassy in Ankara, Turkey

1992-1995
Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua

1995-1998
Desk officer/spokesperson of the Press Division at the Federal Foreign Office, Bonn

1998-2001
Counsellor at German Permanent Mission to United Nations, New York

2001-2002
Deputy Head of Division of the Task Force for Human Rights, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

2002-2006
Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson, Berlin

2006-2009
Ambassador in Nairobi (Kenya), also accredited for Somalia, Burundi, Seychelles

2009-2010
Crisis Management Commissioner of the Federal Foreign Office

2010-2012
Director for Sub‑Saharan Africa and the Sahel, Federal Foreign Office

2012-2014
Ambassador in Caracas, Venezuela

October 2014 - June 2015
Special Representative of the Federal Government for the Ebola Crisis

July 2015 - February 2017
Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa, to the Kingdom of Lesotho and to the Kingdom of Swaziland

Since February 2017
State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office

  • Foreign languages: English, French, Spanish, Turkish
  • Active musician, arranger and music producer (several CDs on the market)

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