Dr. Klaus Wölfer is "Senior Expert Counsel" at the international law firm LANSKY, GANZGER, GOETH, FRANKL + partner (LGP). In the course of his long career at the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Klaus Wölfer, who holds a doctorate in law, was able to build up a wide network of contacts. He worked at the Austrian Embassy in Italy and later headed the Austrian Cultural Institute in Rome. Thanks to his expertise in the field of culture, he subsequently became Head of the Arts Section at the Federal Chancellery. In 2006, he was responsible for the conception and organization of the Austrian EU presidency opening conference at the intersection of politics, economy and culture ("The Sound of Europe" ) in Salzburg.
Klaus Wölfer is connected with the former Yugoslavia through his studies of Slovenian and - at that time - Serbo-Croatian, but above all through his work at the Austrian Embassy in Belgrade 1986-1990, in 1991 in Zagreb and during the war years 1992-95 at the Balkan Desk of the Foreign Ministry. Even at the end of his diplomatic career, he drew on his knowledge of the Balkans, serving as Deputy Political Director and, from 2020, as "Special Representative for the Western Balkans".
In 1990/91, he oversaw an Austrian-Hungarian large-scale project in Budapest that was ultimately not realized, the Vienna-Budapest World Exhibition in 1995. His ties to the Danube region are also expressed as a board member of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe/ IDM (since 2017).
As Austrian Ambassador he worked in Jakarta (2006-2011 for Indonesia, Singapore, East Timor and ASEAN) and in Turkey (2012 - 2017). In Indonesia, the tendering, planning, construction and opening of the first "green" Austrian embassy building took place under his leadership.
Most recently, Klaus Wölfer acted as Head of the Department for Southeast Europe and EU Enlargement (with regard to the Southeast European candidate countries and Turkey) in the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, respectively as Deputy Political Director and thereupon as "Special Representative for the Western Balkans".
Wölfer speaks several foreign languages: English, Italian, French and BHS and has a good knowledge of Spanish, Indonesian and Slovenian. He has always remained close to his home province of Burgenland and lives partly in Oberwart.