Ambassador (designate) Ernst Peter Fischer arrived in the UAE in July 2018. His previous position was Director for Energy and Climate Policy & Export Control at the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. That portfolio covered global energy and climate policy as well as export control and international sanctions.
Ambassador Fischer is a career diplomat who joined the Federal Foreign Office in 1986. His professional path has focused on Germany’s global partnerships for economic Progress and sustainability.
He has held several positions at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, including Head of Department for International Environmental Policy as well as Chief Economist. He was also assigned to the Office of the Federal President as foreign policy advisor. He served at German diplomatic missions in Washington, DC as Head of the Economic Department, in Tel Aviv as Deputy Ambassador, as well as in London, Shanghai and Singapore. Ambassador Fischer was seconded for a year to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where he worked on EU enlargement. He also spent several months on secondment to the office of the French Minister for European Affairs.
He holds two master’s degrees. One in history/political science from the Free University of Berlin. Another in government/international relations from Georgetown University, USA,, which he attended on a Fulbright Scholarship. He also studied at “Sciences Po” in Paris on a scholarship awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service.
He is accompanied to the UAE by his wife Maria del Carmen Fischer. They have two adult children who live in Europe.