The Deputy Permanent Representative

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Ambassador Heiko Thoms has been the Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations since July 2013.

He served in Cairo, Teheran, Brussels (Permanent Representation to the EU) and  Berlin. Before being appointed as Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, he was the German Foreign Minister’s Chief of Staff.

Ambassador Thoms studied Law, Political Science and Islamic and Arabic Studies in Bonn, Cairo, Geneva and Berlin. He speaks English, French and Arabic. Before joining the Foreign Service in 1999, he was research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg.

He currently serves as Vice-President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and as Vice-President of the Executive Board of UN Women. He also chairs the Group of Friends of UN Police and the Group of Friends against Illicit Wildlife Trafficking.

Ambassador Thoms is married to attorney-at-law Anahita Thoms. The couple has a son and a daughter.