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Egon Kochanke

Germany and Africa in a Changing New World Order

CAS Public Colloquium | Wednesday, 08 May 2013  | 05:00 pm
Date: Wednesday, 08 May 2013  | 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm
Speaker: Egon Kochanke  (Department for Sub-Saharan Africa and the Sahel, German Federal Foreign Office)
Organization: Centre for Area Studies (U Leipzig, Germany)

Biographical Note:

Egon Kochanke is currently the director of the Department for Sub-Saharan Africa and the Sahel at the German Federal Foreign Office. In 1977, he completed his studies in history, political science, sociology and law at the University of Bonn. In 1980, he joined the Foreign Service and after his traineeship as an attaché 1982 he was appointed as the second secretary at the German embassy in Canada, and from 1985 to 1989 he held the post of deputy head of mission in Liberia. After his return to Germany, he was a speaker in the Parliament and the Cabinet of the Foreign Office. During this time, he assisted in the United Nations’ election monitoring in Haiti in 1990 and 1991. This was followed with his position as a counsellor and representative to the European Union at the Germany embassy in the United Kingdom. Until 1999, he was the personal secretary to State Secretary Peter Hartmann as well as deputy director of the Office of the Secretaries of the State. Upon completion of this activity, he was deputy head of mission in Israel and from 2002 to 2005 the head of the export control (dual-use goods in the non-conventional sector). He then worked as an envoy and head of the economics department at the German embassy in the United States. From August 2008 to July 2012, Egon Kochanke was ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Namibia.