Jürgen Chrobog

Mitglied des Präsidiums der Stiftung Elemente der Begeisterung

„Gerade in unserer Zeit wird wenig von Begeisterung gesprochen und diese auch selten gezeigt. Umso erfreulicher ist es, sie zum Leitmotiv einer Stiftung zu machen und durch junge Menschen als Signal aus Deutschland zu verbreiten. Ich wünsche mir, dass gerade in den Kontakten mit Ländern der arabischen Welt, diese Botschaft verstanden wird und werde versuchen, dazu beizutragen."

Juergen Chrobog works as a business consultant and political analyst in Berlin. Until July 1st 2013 he was Chairman of the Board of the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, a non-profit organization focused on connecting business leaders from around the world. Chrobog chaired numerous conferences of his foundation in the US, Asia, the Middle East, South Africa and Western and Eastern Europe, including Russia and has established close personal relationships in these regions. He is still part of the network of the German Foreign Office and therefore well connected to German Embassies worldwide.

 

From 2001 to 2005 Chrobog served as State Secretary of the German Federal Foreign Office. As the highest-ranking civil servant he represented the Foreign Minister at the helm of the Foreign Service.

 

State Secretary Chrobog was directly responsible for Asia, Africa, the Near and Middle East and Latin America. He dealt with foreign trade and economic matters comprising export control and export guaranties for the German Government. He was also responsible for all issues related to the United Nation cultural affairs, education and communications.

 

Mr. Chrobog oversaw all ongoing conflicts worldwide as well as the safety of German nationals living or stationed abroad. As State Secretary Chrobog ran the German risk assessment center that issues worldwide travel warnings. He was in charge of the crisis management center and became internationally known as a negotiator for the release of hostages in Algeria, Mali and other countries.

 

His experience in countries like Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Jordan, Yemen, Tunisia and the Golf states where he consulted with leading politicians for many years made him a frequently demanded participant on TV and radio talk shows and a writer for newspapers commenting on the revolutionary developments in this area. Mr. Chrobog is also well connected in Asian countries like China, India, Pakistan and Singapore.

 

From 1995-2001 Chrobog was Germany’s Ambassador to the United States. During this period, he represented the German Government on political, trade and cultural issues, assisted German companies operating in the US on legal and investment matters, and spoke on all political issues dealing with the German-American bilateral relationship. While in Washington, Chrobog developed a strong personal network with key US policymakers, business leaders and members of the cultural community.

 

Prior to his appointment as Ambassador Chrobog kept top positions in the German foreign Office such as Political Director General, Spokesman and Chief of Staff of the German Foreign Minister. He started his diplomatic career as member of the German Delegation at the UN in New York and later as Deputy Ambassador and Economic Counselor in Singapore. Because of his international experience Mr. Chrobog is specialized in risk assessment and management in developing countries and emerging markets.

 

State Secretary Chrobog studied law in Freiburg, Aix-en-Provence, and Goettingen. He worked as an attorney at a Hanover law firm before entering the Foreign Service in 1972

 

State Secretary Chrobog was born in Berlin on February 28, 1940. He is married to Dr. Magda Gohar.

 

Chrobog has three adult sons. He speaks German, English and French.