Thomas Stelzer

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His Excellency
Thomas Stelzer
Thomas Stelzer - World Economic Forum on East Asia 2011.jpg
Austria Ambassador to Portugal
Assumed office
August 2013
President Heinz Fischer (2018-2016)
Alexander Van der Bellen (2017-present)
Preceded by Bernhard Wrabetz
Austria Ambassador to Cape Verde
Assumed office
August 2013 (2013-08)
Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations in Vienna
In office
24 July 2001 (2001-07-24) – 1 July 2008 (2008-07-01)
Preceded by Ferdinand Mayrhofer-Grünbühel
Succeeded by Helmut Böck
UN Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs
In office
8 February 2008 (2008-02-08) – 30 June 2013 (2013-06-30)
UN Secretary-General
Preceded by Patrizio Civili
Succeeded by Thomas Gass
Personal details
Spouse(s) Vanda Stelzer Sequeira
Children 5
Alma mater Vienna University
Stanford University
Johns Hopkins University

Thomas Stelzer (born June 19, 1955) currently serves as the resident Ambassador of Austria in Portugal and non-resident Ambassador of Austria in Cape Verde.[1]


He holds a doctorate in law from Vienna University, a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from Stanford University, and a diploma in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna Center.

Diplomatic career[edit]

Stelzer served in a variety of diplomatic and international positions in his early career. He was Deputy Director of the Austrian Cultural Institute in New York, Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary of the CTBTO Preparatory Commission, and Minister-Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations in New York. He also serves as the Austrian Representative to the governing bodies of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Delegate to the Committee for Disarmament and International Security (First Committee) of the General Assembly.[2]

Ambassador Stelzer has been serving since August 2001 as Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations (Vienna),[3] United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Preparatory Commission.

From 2002 to 2007, he was Facilitator and Chair of the Vienna Terrorism Symposiums. In 2003, he was Chair of the CTBTO Preparatory Commission. Between 2005 and 2006, he serves as President of the UNIDO Industrial Development Board. Most recently, he served as a Vice-Chair of the Second Conference of States Parties of the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

From March 2008 to June 2013 he served as United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, Department of Economic and Social Affairs.[4] He was appointed to this position by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in February 2008.[5]

Family life[edit]

Ambassador Stelzer is married to Portuguese fellow diplomat Vanda Stelzer Sequeira, with whom he has five children.[6]

Decorations and awards[edit]

Thomas Stelzer is a member of the Order of Merit of the Austrian Republic.