Chair for Diplomacy and Director International Relations & European Studies
Andrássy University Budapest
Dr. Heinrich Kreft M.A., B.A. (USA), holds the Chair for Diplomacy at Andrássy University Budapest and is the Director of its International Relations and European Studies program. He is also the Director of its Center for Diplomacy. Previously, he was Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (July 2016 - August 2020), Special Ambassador for Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue and for International Academic Relations, and Deputy Head of the Policy Planning Staff of the Federal Foreign Office. Other assignments in his 38-year diplomatic career have taken him to Washington, Tokyo, Madrid and La Paz. In between, he was a visiting fellow at the Henry L Stimson Center, the Heritage Foundation, the Brookings Institutions, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Transatlantic Academy of the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Washington, DC. He studied political science, modern history and sociology at Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA (USA), the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris and the Institut des Hautes Études de l'Amérique Latine of the Sorbonne Nouvelle as well as at the Westfälische Wilhelms Universität in Münster and has published widely on Europe, transatlantic relations, China and the Middle East.