HE Martin Weiss

Ambassador of Austria

Ambassador Weiss was born on December 31, 1962, in Innsbruck, Austria. He started his career in the Austrian Foreign Service in 1990.

Previous to his appointment as Austrian Ambassador to the U.S., Martin Weiss served as Ambassador to Israel, as Director of the Press and Information Department of the Foreign Ministry, and as Ambassador to Cyprus.

Throughout his career, he held several postings in the United States: He started as a Human Rights Attaché for the Austrian Mission to the United Nations in New York in 1991, held the positions of Political Counselor, Counselor for Congressional Affairs and Public Diplomacy and later Director of the Austrian Press and Information Service at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, and most recently served as Austrian Consul General in Los Angeles from 2004 to 2009.

Martin Weiss holds a law degree (equivalent to J.D.) from the University of Vienna and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Virginia (UVA). He is married and the father of two.

Ambassador Weiss took up his duties as Head of Mission in Washington, DC on November 1, 2019.


Professional Career:

since November 2019
Austrian Ambassador to the United States

2015 – 2019
Austrian Ambassador to Israel

2012 – 2015
Director, Press and Information Department, Federal Ministry for Europea, Integration and Foreign Affairs

2009 – 2012
Austrian Ambassador to Cyprus

2004 – 2009
Austrian Consul General in Los Angeles, CA

2001 – 2004
Director, Press and Information Department, Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs

2000 – 2001
Director, Austrian Press and Information Service, Washington D.C.

1997 – 2000
Counselor, Congressional Affairs and Public Diplomacy, Embassy of Austria in Washington D.C.

1995 – 1997
Foreign Policy Adviser to the Minister of Economic Affairs, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs

Association of Austrian Industry, Campaign for Austria’s referendum in favor of joining the European Union

1993 – 1994
Political Counselor, Embassy of Austria in Washington, DC

Campaign office of the Austrian Presidential Candidate (and later Austrian President) Dr. Thomas Klestil

1991 – 1992
Office of the Secretary General for Foreign Affairs, Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Attaché, Austrian Mission to the United Nations in New York
Area of responsibility: 3rd Committee (Human Rights)

Department of the Americas, Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs

1986 – 1988
Teaching Assistant for Constitutional Law, University of Vienna, School of Law


1988 – 1989 Master of Laws (LL.M), University of Virginia

1981 – 1986 Magister Juris (equivalent to J.D.), University of Vienna, Austria

August 17, 2020 at the Virtual Discussion