The Permanent Representative


Ambassador Harald Braun has been the Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations in New York since March 2014.

Prior to his nomination, Ambassador Braun served as State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office responsible for international trade, economics and sustainable development, legal and cultural affairs as well as overall management of the Foreign Service from July 2011 to January 2014. 

From 2008 to 2009 Ambassador Braun was Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission at the German Embassy in Paris, then Director-General for Management of the Federal Foreign Office Berlin.

His previous career led Ambassador Braun into the private sector: from 2005 to 2008, he served as Corporate Senior Vice President for corporate policy and external relations of Siemens AG in Munich.

In March 2008 he was named Research Professor for Global Studies and Diplomacy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

From 2003 to 2005, Harald Braun was Deputy Foreign and Security Policy Advisor to Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, after assuming the position of Minister (Political) at the German Embassy in Washington for five years. Previously, Ambassador Braun headed the Foreign Office’s Parliament and Cabinet Division from 1994 to 1997, as well as the office of former Federal Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher from 1992 to 1994.

Previous posts led him as Ambassador to Burundi in 1991/92. He also served at the German embassies in Beirut and London and the human resources division of the Federal Foreign Office in Bonn.

Harald Braun studied economics and history in Tübingen and New York and completed a doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook before entering the Foreign Service in 1981.

Ambassador Braun was awarded an Honorary Citizenship of Washington D.C. in 2002. He is also Grand Officier of the National Order of the French Legion D’Honneur, bearer of the Grand Cross of the Italian Order of Merit and further distinctions, as well as a member of the Knights of the Order of St. John, a founding member of the Association of Friends of the Berlin Cathedral Church (Berliner Dom) and Trustee of the Roland Berger Foundation.

He is married to Dr. Ute Braun since 1980; they have three adult children and a grandchild.

His interests include classical music, modern literature, arts and sports.