Dr. Klaus Scharioth is Professor of Practice at The Fletcher School at Tufts University and Dean of the Mercator College for International Affairs in Germany. He was a member of the German Foreign Service for more than 35 years (1976-2011) where he serves as German Ambassador to the U.S. from 2006-2011 and as State Secretary of the German Foreign Office from 2002-2006.
Prior to that, he was, inter alia, Political Director and Director-General of the Political Department, Director of the North America and Security Policy Directorate, Head of the Office of the German Foreign Minister, Director of the Private Office of the NATO Secretary General, as well as Vice Chairman of the UN Legal and Charter Committees. He also served in Ecuador, the International Law Division, and the Policy Planning Staff of the Foreign Office.
Dr. Scharioth holds a German Law Degree, a PhD, MALD, and MA from The Fletcher School, as well as honorary doctoral degrees from The College of Idaho, Chatham University and Old Dominion University. He is also a senior non-resident Fellow of the Transatlantic Academy in Washington D.C., a member of the boards of PSI and of Humanity in Action, a member of the International Advisory Council of the Istanbul Policy Center, and a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.