Ambassador of Germany
Emily Margarethe Haber has been German Ambassador to the United States since June
Immediately prior to this, Haber, a career foreign service officer, was deployed to the
Federal Ministry of the Interior, serving as State Secretary overseeing security and migration
at the height of the refugee crisis in Europe. In this capacity, she worked closely with the US
administration on topics ranging from the fight against international terrorism to global
cyberattacks and cybersecurity. In 2009, she was appointed Political Director and, in 2011,
State Secretary at the Foreign Office, the first woman to hold either post. Earlier in her
career, she served at the German Embassy in Ankara; in Berlin, she has served as Deputy
Head of the Cabinet and Parliamentary Liaison Division, as Director of the OSCE Division, and
as Deputy Director-General for the Western Balkans. Emily Haber has extensive knowledge
of the Soviet Union and Russia, having worked both in the Soviet Union Division at the
German Foreign Office and, on various occasions, at the German Embassy in Moscow, where
she served as Head of the Economic Affairs Section and Head of the Political Affairs
Emily Haber attended schools in New Delhi, Bonn, Paris, Brussels, Washington, and Athens.
From 1975 to 1980, she studied history and ethnology in Cologne, earning her PhD with a
dissertation on German foreign policy during the Morocco crisis on the eve of World War I.
Emily Haber is married to Hansjörg Haber. The couple has two sons.
March 16, 2021 at the Virtual Discussion