Dr. Christoph Israng is a career diplomat who joined the German Foreign Service in 1997. On 8th August 2017 he presented his letters of credence to the President of the Czech Republic. From July 2014 to July 2017, he represented Germany at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague. Previously, he had served more than eight years on the foreign policy advisory team of Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel. From 2010 to 2014, he was head of Division 212 (covering Central, Eastern and South-eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia) at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin.
Previous assignments include: several positions in the Federal Foreign Office (among others: NATO division, office of State Secretary Wolfgang Ischinger), foreign policy advisor in the German Bundestag and head of cabinet of the Senior Deputy High Representative (Office of the High Representative (OHR), Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina). He also served at the German Consulates General in Istanbul and St. Petersburg. Prior to his diplomatic career, he worked for international companies such as Lufthansa, McKinsey & Co., Dresdner Bank and Volkswagen de México.
He holds a PhD in economic geography (Dr. rer. nat., University of Bonn) as well as degrees in business administration (Diplom-Kaufmann of WHU, The Koblenz School of Corporate Management, Koblenz / Germany; MBA of The Management School of Lancaster University / UK). He also studied at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Mexico City, and FernUniversität Hagen / Germany.
He served in the German Air Force, where he currently holds the rank of Colonel (res.).
Born 1971 in the city of Ulm / Germany, Christoph Israng grew up in South-Eastern Bavaria.