Wolfgang Petritsch

Chairman of the Board, European Cultural Foundation
Ambassador of Austria to the OECD in Paris

Wolfgang Petritsch studied history, politics, international relations at Vienna University and USC Los Angeles. He completed his PhD in South Eastern European history in 1972.
 
In 1997 he was appointed Austrian Ambassador to the then Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. In 1998/99 Mr Petritsch was the EU’s Special Envoy for Kosovo and EU chief negotiator at the Kosovo peace talks in Rambouillet and Paris. Between 1999 and 2002 he served as the International Community’s High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina. From 1999 - 2001 Mr. Petritsch chaired the Succession Commission for the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. From 2002 to 2008 Ambassador Petritsch represented his country at the UN, the Conference on Disarmament and WTO in Geneva. In 2003 - 2005 he was Chair of the Mine Ban Treaty and President of the Nairobi Summit on a Mine Free World and in 2004-2005 he chaired the Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
 
Mr. Petritsch is the Chair of the European Cultural Foundation (ECF), Amsterdam, of the Center for European Integration Strategies (CEIS), Geneva, and of the Institute for Integrative Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding (IICP), Vienna.
 
Mr. Petritsch is the recipient of the 2006 European Human Rights Award, Strasbourg.

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