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Ambassador Dr Anna Elisabeth Prinz

Ambassador Dr Anna Elisabeth Prinz

Ambassador Dr Anna Elisabeth Prinz, © Federal Forein Office

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Welcome to the website of the German Embassy Canberra!

As the German Ambassador to Australia, I am delighted that you are interested in Germany and German-Australian relations.

Germany and Australia have enjoyed close and amicable diplomatic ties for over 60 years. Our aim now is to focus on expanding these links. In late 2015, a high-level Australia-Germany Advisory Group chaired by then Minister of State Professor Maria Böhmer and Australian Finance Minister Mathias Cormann drew up a list of recommendations. My team and I look forward to putting these ideas into practice over the coming years.

Priorities will include developing our political relations and furthering the security dialogue, which is becoming ever more important. We will also focus on cooperation in new areas in order to enable us to meet the economic and social challenges of the future. This includes issues such as digitisation, industry 4.0, start-up development and technological change in the context of the shift to green energy. It is important to me that we have even better bilateral cooperation between business and research in order to develop and apply new technologies.

I regard Australia as being on the growth side of the world. With steady growth of over three percent, it is one of the wealthiest industrialised countries in the world and has constant immigration in 12th place. It is also rich in reserves of natural resources and a global leader in important research fields such as medicine. I believe my most important task is to identify and make use of the opportunities for closer cooperation with Germany. During the coming years, we also aim to foster lasting contacts between people from our two countries in the fields of art, culture, media and sport through targeted projects.

Many of my fellow Germans see the fifth continent as a particularly attractive destination. Almost 30,000 Germans aged under 32 take part in Australia’s Working Holiday programme each year. Young people in particular are closer to your country than ever before, thanks to rapid communication via the internet, opportunities to study or do an internship in Australia, and the growing number of flights available. I am very happy about that.

Here in Canberra, my team and I see ourselves as an interface and intermediary between Germany and Australia, both in personal contact and through this website. So, please, have a look at our website and find out more about our work, interesting events and the services we provide. If you have any questions or ideas, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We look forward to your feedback!

Dr Anna Prinz

Ambassador

Curriculum Vitae

‘Australia, lying on the growth side of the globe, is among the twenty largest economies in the world. It is rich in reserves of raw materials and is one of the leading countries in important fields like medicine and digitalization. Considering these factors, and adding its fifth place in an International Academic Ranking, it is important for us to have Australia as an Innovation Partner.’

Dr Prinz was awarded a doctorate in Political Science at the University of Göttingen in Germany and holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University (M.P.A. Harvard, Kennedy School). She began her diplomatic career in 1986. Since then, she has held various postings at German Embassies, including in Colombo, Bucharest and Jakarta. Dr Prinz has also held other positions such as Deputy Head of the task force on EU-Enlargement, Media Commissioner and Ambassador for Science Policy in Berlin. Before coming to Australia she served as Deputy Ambassador in Tokyo and as Ambassador to Slovenia in Ljubljana.

One main focus of her work in Australia is supporting the initiatives of the high-ranking Australia-Germany Advisory Group - deepening and strengthening bilateral relations and exchange. This includes intensifying the Security Dialogue as well as working together on challenges of the future such as digitalization, industry 4.0, startups, technological change, energy transition and further cooperation in innovative Research.

07/2016
Ambassador, German Embassy Canberra, Australia
2013
Ambassador, German Embassy Ljubljana, Slovenia
2011
Ambassador, Deputy Director-General for International Liaison of Science Relations and Research, Federal Foreign Office Berlin
2008
Minister and Deputy Ambassador, German Embassy Tokyo, Japan
2006
Commissioner for the Media, Federal Foreign Office Berlin
2004
Deputy Head of the Directorate-General of Communication, Public Diplomacy and the Media, Federal Foreign Office Berlin
2002
Head of Division for Public Diplomacy; Political Staff, Federal Foreign Office Berlin
2000
Deputy Head of Task Force for EU Enlargement, Federal Foreign Office Berlin
1997
Head of Political Section, German Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia
1993
Head of Economic Section, German Embassy Bucharest, Romania
1990
International Commodity Agreements, Federal Foreign Office Berlin
1988
Head of Press and Cultural Affairs, German Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka
1986
Master of Public Administration, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, USA
1983
PhD in Political Science, Göttingen University, Germany
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