Thomas Stelzer (born 1955)

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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
PresidentHeinz Fischer (2018-2016)
Alexander Van der Bellen (2017-present)
Preceded byBernhard 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 byFerdinand Mayrhofer-Grünbühel
Succeeded byHelmut 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 byPatrizio Civili
Succeeded byThomas Gass
Personal details
Spouse(s)Vanda Stelzer Sequeira
Alma materVienna University
Stanford University
Johns Hopkins University

Thomas Stelzer (born June 19, 1955) is an Austrian diplomat, who currently serves as the Dean and Executive Secretary of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA).


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.[1]

Stelzer has been serving since August 2001 as Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations (Vienna),[2] 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 served 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.[3] He was appointed to this position by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in February 2008.[4]

Family life[edit]

Stelzer is married to Portuguese fellow diplomat Vanda Stelzer Sequeira, with whom he has three of his children.[5]

Decorations and awards[edit]

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