Ortwin Hennig

Ortwin Hennig, born 1950 in Bielefeld, Germany. Married, 2 daughters

Studied Law, History, and Political Science at Münster University, London School of Economics, and Free University Berlin. Graduated in 1976 from the Otto-Suhr-Institute of the Free University Berlin. German Foreign Service from 1976-2015.

Senior Posts in the German Diplomatic Service:

  • 1992-97  Vienna, Dep. Head of Delegation, Negotiations on the Reduction of Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE-Treaty), then Dep. Head of OSCE(Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe)  representation in Vienna
  • 1997-2000  Bonn/Berlin, Head of Division for Foreign Affairs at the Federal President´s Office 
  • 2000-04   Moscow , Minister (Economics)
  • 2004-06  Berlin, ambassador and “Commissioner for Civilian Crisis Prevention, Conflict Resolution, and Post-Conflict-State-Building“. In this function also responsible for the reconstruction of the Afghan Police Force (Germany was assigned the function of Lead Nation).
  • 2006-09  Brussels/New York, Vice President EastWest Institute (EWI).  Creation of its “International Task Force on Conflict Prevention” (members of its High Level Advisory Board included Martti Ahtisaari, Lakhdar Brahimi, Jan Eiiasson, Gareth Evans, Thorvald Stoltenberg), and the “Parliamentarians Network for Conflict Prevention and Human Security”
  • 2010-2015  ambassador in Tiflis/Georgia

Current activities: 

  • Program Director for the International Training Program of the Federal Foreign Office for young diplomats, with a focus on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia
  • Consultant for a documentary film on 200 years of German settlers in the Southern Caucasus

Main focus of consultancy:

  • Russia, Caucasus, Central- and South Asia
  • Arms control, conflict prevention, – management, and -resolution, OSCE
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