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The Ambassador is assisted in his work by the individual departments of the embassy. Find out more about their duties and contact details.

Deputy Head of Mission Rüdiger Bohn

Rüdiger Bohn
Rüdiger Bohn© German Embassy London

Rüdiger Bohn has been Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy in London since August 2022. His career has included posts at German diplomatic missions in Amman, Brussels (German NATO Delegation), Tashkent and Washington DC. He also worked in various departments at the Federal Foreign Office and at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin. Previously, he served as Director for arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation at the Federal Foreign Office. Rüdiger Bohn holds a diploma in Arabic Studies and a Master Degree in Public Administration (Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University).

Department for Culture and Education

The Section for Culture and Education promotes bilateral relations in culture, education and sports between Germany and the United Kingdom. Our particular focus lies on: culture and sports (fine arts, music, theatre, dance, literature, film, architecture and creative design, religion and interfaith dialogue), education and German language learning, history and commemoration.

Head of Section: Dr Susanne Frane

The Defence Attaché Staff

One of its major tasks is to advise the Ambassador on defence policy, military affairs, armament policy, defence technology and procurement. It also coordinates arrangements for German service personnel posted to the United Kingdom.

It issues information on German defence policy, armed forces and armaments on request to UK government officials and non-governmental organisations, and it deals with a wide range of public inquires.

Head of Section: Brigadier General Torsten Gersdorf , Defence Attaché

The Political Department

The Embassy's Political Department observes UK, foreign and domestic policy based on contacts with the UK Government, Parliament and non-governmental institutions.

In addition, political officers inform British partners and organisations about political developments within Germany and her foreign and European policy.

Head of Department: Dr. Clemens Kohnen

The Press Section

The German Embassy's press section is the first point of contact for journalists in the United Kingdom seeking information on government positions or other issues related to Germany.

The Press Section also offers a range of print material on Germany for schools and the general public. Publications can be ordered from us free of charge.

Head of Section: Simone Stemmler

Media enquiries

The Legal and Consular Department

The Legal and Consular Department is the biggest working unit of the Embassy including Passport, Visa and other consular services, such as Name Declarations. Due to its versatile range of duties it is often the first point of contact for citizens.

More than 40 members of staff handle over 25,000 passport applications and 22,000 visa applications per year, and advise over 150 applicants per day.

Among the tasks of the Consular Department are also family law affairs, e.g. registration of births, name declarations, certification of signatures and copies of legal documents, as well as the assistance of German prisoners and the support of German nationals in emergency situations and intergovernmental legal assistance.

The Legal and Consular Department is also responsible for observing and evaluating legal policy in the UK.

Head of department: Darius Rahimi

Department for Economic Affairs, Energy and Global Issues

The Department for Economic Affairs, Energy and Global Issues promotes economic relations between Germany and the United Kingdom, covering areas including: investment in Germany, finance, monetary and currency issues, food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries, transport and maritime policy.

The Science and Technology Section - which is part of the Department for Economic Affairs, Energy and Global Issues - promotes German interests in technological, scientific and environmental affairs in the United Kingdom and serves as an information broker about Germany.

Head of Department: Markus Knauf

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