German Ambassador to Serbia
Thomas Schieb was born in Braunschweig in 1964, but spent the formative part of his childhood in Namibia. Upon finishing his military service in the German Navy, he enrolled into a bank apprenticeship programme. He was studying Economy at the University of Göttingen at the time the Berlin wall came down.
His first post in a diplomatic mission was in Bosnia in 1996. From 1996 to 1998 he was posted in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.
At the Headquarters of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs he was first assigned to the NATO division, starting his career in multilateral diplomacy. From 2002 to 2005 he was posted at the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union. He was brought back to the Headquarters in Berlin three years later as the Deputy European Correspondent, where, among others, his job was to help prepare the German EU Presidency in the first half of 2007. After that he spent two years as head of the press and PR department at the German embassy in London. Upon his return to Berlin in 2011, he became head of the EU coordination group in the European Affairs department of the German Foreign Ministry.
In 2014 he was made Political Coordinator at the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations in New York. He was in charge of the successful campaign to make Germany a non-permanent member in the Security Council for the two-year term of 2019/20.
The support to Serbia’s EU Accession is the priority of his mandate in Serbia. Deepening economic, cultural and scientific cooperation between the two countries is high on his agenda. Good Governance and Economic Development stand in the focus of the German-Serbian development cooperation.
Besides his native German, Ambassador Schieb speaks English, French and Afrikaans.
He is married to Claudia, with whom he has three grown-up children.