Amb. Markus Potzel
Commissioner for South Asia, Federal Foreign Office, Germany
Ambassador Markus Potzel, is the Federal Foreign Office Commissioner for South Asia. He was also appointed as the Special Representative of the Federal Government for Afghanistan and Pakistan in September 2017. In this capacity, he coordinates Germany’s diplomatic engagement in the region and liaises with international partners on ways of further enhancing stability. The Federal Foreign Office’s Afghanistan and Pakistan Division reports to the Special Representative.
With his appointment, Ambassador Potzel also takes over as the Chair of the International Contact Group on Afghanistan (ICG), which was chaired by his predecessor, Ambassador Sabine Sparwassar, from July 2015. Over 50 countries and international organisations meet regularly in the ICG to discuss developments in Afghanistan. Ambassador Potzel has worked at the Federal Foreign Office since 1993, and brings many years of wide ranging diplomatic experience in South Asia and the Middle East to his new role. He was the German Ambassador to Afghanistan from August 2014 to August 2016. Most recently, he served as the Crisis Management Commissioner at the Federal Foreign Office.