Peter Wittig has been German Ambassador to the United Kingdom since July 2018.
From 2014 to 2018 he served as German Ambassador to the United States. Prior to this he was German Ambassador to the United Nations in New York. He was elected President of the UN Peacebuilding Commission and served twice as President of the UN Security Council during Germany’s term as member of the Security Council.
Wittig joined the German Foreign Service in 1982. He has served at the Embassy in Madrid; at the German Mission to the United Nations in New York; as private secretary to the Foreign Minister and as Ambassador to Lebanon and to Cyprus. He was the German Government Special Envoy on the “Cyprus question” (the division of Cyprus).
Prior to joining the German Foreign Office Wittig gained a PhD on a topic in modern British History for which he did extensive research at Nuffield College in Oxford. He taught History of Ideas and Political Theory at the University of Freiburg.
His wife, Huberta von Voss-Wittig, is a journalist and a writer. She has recently worked as Director of Communications & Public Affairs at the New York-based Leadership organization “Seeds of Peace”. The couple have four children.