Welcoming New Consul General Rolf Schütte in Boston
Enlarge image (© Germany.info) Mr. Rolf E. Schütte officially assumed his duties as Consul General at the German Consulate General of Boston on Friday, August 3, 2012. The German Consulate’s team extends a warm welcome to Mr. Schütte and looks forward to working closely with him.
Rolf Schütte, who was born in 1953 in the medieval town of Goslar in Central Germany and who studied at Goettingen University (Germany), Ohio University in Athens, and Johns Hopkins University Bologna Center (Italy), has been a career diplomat since 1981 and he most recently served as Chief of Protocol and Head of the Directorate for International Relations of the German Federal State of Berlin.
Mr. Schütte has close professional and personal ties to the U.S., having lived, studied and worked in Ohio, twice in New York City, in Washington, D.C., and – most recently – for four years (2005-2009) as Consul General in San Francisco. On many private trips he has visited more than 40 U.S. states.
Former diplomatic assignments abroad took him to Moscow, Tel Aviv, the United Nations in New York, Rome, and San Francisco. He also held several positions in the German Foreign Office in Bonn and Berlin.
During a sabbatical, Mr. Schütte spent a few months as a visiting scholar at the American Jewish Committee headquarters in New York working on a publication about German-Jewish relations today, a subject which is very dear to him personally and on which he has given many talks.
Rolf Schütte lives in a civil union with Bertolt Schmidt, a product designer and artist.
Mr. Schütte’s personal interests include walking his dog Blacky, swimming, ballroom dancing, reading, and enjoying nature’s beauty – especially in his native Harz Mountains, on the German North Sea island of Sylt, and in the American national parks, his favorite holiday destination.