Ambassador Bernhard Schlagheck
Ambassador Mr Bernhard Schlagheck
(© German Embassy Abuja)
Upon hearing that I would be posted to his home country, a Nigerian friend told me: „If you can figure out Nigeria completely in the next 3 years, you are a genius“.
That won’t happen, I’m afraid, since Nigeria is far too multi-layered, too complex and unique – a truly fascinating country in a region of ever growing importance and relevance. It is because of these attributes, that I am particularly honoured to represent the Federal Republic of Germany here in Nigeria starting from August 2016. Together with my colleagues, I would like to invite you to regard the German Embassy as a service point for our German citizens and for all Nigerians interested in Germany. We work in a country which has always been an African giant, a vibrant and young country, rich in resources of all kinds, most importantly with wonderful people, but also rich in challenges and trials. The political, economic and cultural relations between Germany and Nigeria are longstanding, robust and reliable. That doesn’t mean our interests are identical at all times – they aren’t, and they shouldn’t have to be. Yet, to bring our interests together in a fair and mutual dialogue is one of the most important tasks of an embassy. And that is exactly what we aim to achieve with our work here in Nigeria.
Take our word for it!
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Abuja
Bernhard Schlagheck, born in 1956, is a career diplomat in the German Foreign Service. He holds degrees in law (Ph.D) and economics. He started his professional career with Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt am Main and New York before joining the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1985.
He served in German Embassies in Kuwait and Moscow and was posted at the German Permanent Mission to NATO, Bruxelles. He worked as a Foreign Policy Counsellor in the German Federal Parliament and headed a policy section in the Political Department of the Foreign Ministry. He served as Deputy Head of the Political Affairs Office in the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Pristina, and acted as Chief of Staff to the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the future status process of Kosovo (UNOSEK), Vienna.
After a brief stint at Policy Planning in the Federal Foreign Ministry from July 2007, he took over as Head of Defence and Security Policy Division in August 2008. In early 2010 he was appointed Minister – Counsellor at the German Embassy to the Holy See, Rome. Returning to Berlin in late 2012, he headed the Office of the State Secretaries and, from 2014, the Directorate for Technology and Export Control at the Federal Foreign Ministry in Berlin.
He was appointed Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2016.