Rolf-Dieter Schnelle



Malteserstraße 74-100, Haus S
12249 Berlin

Mr. Schnelle, a former German diplomat (1975 – 2008), studied history at the University of Marburg, Freie Universität Berlin (Degree: „Staatsexamen“), Stanford University (M.A. in History 1967), and at the London School of Economics. In the German Foreign Service, he was posted to the German Embassy in Tokyo, to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) in Madrid, and to the United Nations in New York. In the 1990s he was Deputy Chief of Mission in Oslo, Norway, and from 2002-2004 served as German Consul General in Boston, Massachusetts. His positions at the Federal Foreign Office: Desk officer in the Bureau for U.S. Affairs; Head of Division for International Cooperation in Higher Education; Deputy Director General of the Department of Culture and Education and Co-Chair of the German-American Fulbright Commission (2004-8). Before joining the German Foreign Service, Mr. Schnelle was a DAAD Lecturer at the Polytechnic of Central London, at the Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III) and at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (SciencesPo) in Paris, teaching German Studies and History. He is a specialist on public diplomacy, foreign cultural policy, and transatlantic affairs. From 2009 until 2012 he was a member of the German UNESCO Commission and in 2013-14 he was Director of the Council of Experts of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR). Currently he is an adviser to the Hertie Foundation and the Hertie School of Governance and serves as President of the Friends and Sponsors of the German-American Fulbright Program. He holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters of the University of Rhode Island.