Dr. Michael Schaefer is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt. He studied law and joined the German Foreign Service in 1978. Among others he has held the positions of Permanent Representative at the German Embassy in Singapore (1987-1991), head of the Political Affairs Section at the German Permanent Mission to the Office of the United Nation in Geneva (1995-1999) as well as head of the Western Balkans Task Force and subsequently Deputy Political Director and Special Envoy for Southeast Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin (1999-2002). From 2002 to 2007, he was Political Director of the Federal Foreign Office, before being appointed Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, a post he held until June 2013.

Dr. Michael Schaefer