The new Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Samoa, Gerhard Thiedemann, presented his Letter of Credence to the Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi last week.
He also met with government dignitaries and Non Government Organizations thereafter.
The Credentials ceremony took place at the Head of State’s residence at Tuaefu. Ambassador Thiedemann was born and educated in Hamburg and started his career as a lawyer from 1983-1987 when he worked for the Federal Ministry for Youth, Families and Health.
From 1987-1991 he worked at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in Bonn until he was appointed as the Head of the Development Cooperation (aid) for the German Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 1991-1993.
From 1993-1996 Mt Thiedemann was based in the German Foreign Office in the Department of Economic Affairs and later to the Department for Cultural Affairs in Bonn. He was again appointed from 1996-1999 as the Head of the German Affairs Division at the Cairo embassy in Egypt, 2003-2006 at the German Embassy in Tokyo and 2010-2013 at the German Embassy in DPR Korea.
During these posting, Mr Thiedeman worked as the Head of Legal and Politics Divisions. Before being appointed as the Ambassador of Germany to New Zealand, he was the Ambassador in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Mr. Thiedemann is a lawyer by profession and is married to Dr. Malies Thiedemann and has two children. The Ambassador is accompanied on this trip by Dr. Wulf Killmann, GIZ Program Director.