Peter Ammon, German Ambassador to the United States since August 2011
Peter Ammon, who holds a Doctorate in Economics from Berlin’s Free University, most recently served as State Secretary at the Foreign Office.
Born 1952 in Frankfurt/Main, he has close ties to the US through family relations and many long-standing friendships.
From 1999 to 2001, he served at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. as Economic Minister.
In 2007 and 2008, he was appointed German Ambassador to Paris, France. Prior to that he served as a career diplomat in London; Dakar/Senegal; and New Delhi.
From 1996 to 1999, he was Head of Policy Planning and speech writer to the German President.
A staunch advocate of free trade, he takes strong personal interest in what it takes to build a fair, peaceful and prosperous global order. As Director General for Economics at the German Foreign Office from 2001 to 2007, he helped prepare the G8 world economic summits for German chancellors Schroeder and Merkel.
Peter Ammon is married to Marliese Heimann-Ammon. They have two grown daughters, Ariane and Christina.
His personal interests include regular fitness workouts, hiking in nature’s beauty, and listening to the music and poetry of Bob Dylan.