Dr. Klaus Wölfer, Ambassador a. D.

Senior Expert Counsel at LANSKY, GANZGER, GOETH & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH

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Dr. Klaus Wölfer is "Senior Expert Counsel" at the international law firm LANSKY, GANZGER, GOETH + 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.

Job description: Senior Expert Counsel at LANSKY, GANZGER, GOETH & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH
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  • September 2020 – May 2021 Special Envoy for the Western Balkans
  • March 2019 - September 2020 Deputy Political Director
  • Since September 2017 Director for Southeast-Europe and EU-Enlargement at the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Vienna
  • 2012 – 2017 Austrian Ambassador to Turkey, Ankara
  • 2007 – 2011 Austrian Ambassador to Indonesia, Singapore and Timor-Leste, Permanent Representative to ASEAN (resident in Jakarta)
  • 2002 – 2006 Director General for the Arts at the Austrian Federal Chancellery, Vienna
  • 1996 – 2002 Director of the Austrian Cultural Institute / Cultural Forum in Rome, Italy
  • 1991 – 1995 Worked on the Ex-Yugoslavia crisis zone, Head of Unit, MFA Vienna
  • 1983 – 1991 Diplomat in the Austrian Embassies in Rome, Italy / Belgrade, Yugoslavia / Budapest, Hungary / Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1981 Joined the Austrian Ministry of European and International Affairs
  • 1981 Graduate of the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna
  • 1979 Faculty of Law, Vienna University, "Doctor juris"
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