Public event

Hands-On Security: Ambassador Christoph Heusgen

Dr. Christoph Heusgen, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference and former Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations, shares insights on the world of international security from his career.

This event is part of the Hands-On Security Speaker Series hosted by the Centre for International Security. The series offers a behind the scenes look at international politics: the negotiations, coordination, signaling, drafting, law-making, arm-twisting etc. Our speaker series aims to help bridge the gap between academia and practice by engaging officials with hands-on experience in the security and defence field and inspire our students’ future careers in the process.


Ambassador Christoph Heusgen

  • Ambassador Christoph Heusgen has been Chairman of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) since 2022. He teaches Political Science at the University of Saint Gallen. Christoph Heusgen was Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations between 2017 and 2021. Prior to this appointment and since 2005, Heusgen was the Foreign Policy and Security Adviser to Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel. He served as Director of the Policy Unit for High Representative Javier Solana in the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union from 1999 to 2005. Between 1988 and 1999, Heusgen served in various capacities at the Foreign Office in Bonn, including Deputy Director-General for European Affairs from 1997 to 1999. Heusgen is a graduate of the University of Saint Gallen in Switzerland, studied at Georgia Southern College in the United States, and at the Sorbonne in Paris.

    Photo credit: MSC / Kuhlmann