Thomas Meister took up his position as Consul General in Houston in summer 2017. As Consul General, he is leading Germany’s engagement Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma.
Mr. Meister’s priorities and responsibilities include developing and strengthening political ties between Germany and the consular district, enhancing trade and investment partnerships, cooperation in the field of culture, promoting science and innovation links and rendering consular assistance to the large number of German nationals who call this region their home.
As a career diplomat, Mr. Meister joined the German Federal Foreign Office in 1981. He served at German embassies in Australia, Uganda, Spain as well as Cultural Counsellor in New York and as Consul General in Recife (Brazil).
His most recent assignments have included:
2006 - 2009
Foreign Office Director of the department for International Energy Policy
2009 - 2012
Ambassador to New Zealand, also accredited to the Cook Islands, the Republic of Fiji, the Republic of Kiribati, the Independent State of Samoa, the Kingdom of Tonga and Tuvalu
2012 - 2015
Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland
2015 - 2017
Foreign Office Director of the department for Climate and Environmental Foreign Policy, Sustainable Economy