German physicist and diplomat Holger Ziegeler was born in 1961 in Regensburg, Germany. He held the position of Consul General at the German Consulate General in Karachi from 2020 to 2022. Prior to this, Holger was German Consul General in Jeddah from 2016 to 2020, and during this time he was also appointed Special Representative for the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation in 2018.
A Strong History
Holger began his career in the German Foreign Office in 1992 as an attaché, completing his training in 1993. Following this, he took on the position of Desk Officer in the Public Relations division at the Foreign Office in Bonn, and in 1994 he became the 1st Secretary in the Cultural Affairs and Public Diplomacy department at the German Embassy in Asuncion. Over the course of his career to date, Holger has also undertaken roles including Deputy Consul General at the German Consulate General in Miami, Florida, Counsellor in the Political and Economic Affairs department at the German Embassy in Addis Ababa, and Head of the External Economic Promotion and Economic Consultancy Task Force at the Berlin Foreign Office.
Career & Accomplishments
Master of Science degree | Diplom-Physiker
Holger studied Physics, Mathematics, Philosophy and General Linguistics at the University of Regensburg, and Physics at the University of Vienna. He was also awarded a Fulbright scholarship to attend Ohio State University in Columbus, USA. He was awarded a Master of Science degree in 1983 and achieved the title of Diplom-Physiker in 1987.
After initial research into particle physics, Holger focused on artificial intelligence in the course of his work for Siemens Austria, where he held the position of Engineer and Manager from 1987 to 1992. His research took in subjects including neural networks, knowledge engineering, and hypertext.
World Bank | Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Holger was seconded to the World Bank and IMF division at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in 2007. During his time in post, he was instrumental in designing Germany’s participation in the Infrastructure Crisis Facility, which was created as a package of economic stimulus to be deployed in the event of an economic or financial crisis.
In the course of his career Holger has undertaken diplomatic work in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Paraguay, the USA and Germany, and in 2011 he coordinated the International Afghanistan Conference in Bonn.
In terms of professional areas of interest, Holger cites export promotion, environmental protection, renewable energy, energy efficiency, new technologies and development policy. He points to diplomacy and human development as his key skills.
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