DeutscheWelle – “German-British Relations”
William Schneider, Senior Political Analyst for CNN at the ICD
Gebhardt von Moltke is a German diplomat, descended from the German noble family Moltke. His father was the landowner and ambassador Hans-Adolf von Moltke (1884–1943) on the Wernersdorf estate where he was born. His mother was Countess Davida York of Wartenburg (1900–1989), the daughter of Count Heinrich York of Wartenburg.
In 1958, Moltke began his studies of law and national economics at the Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg. He graduated in 1963 after studying in Grenoble, Berlin, as well as Freiburg in Breisgau and took his first state examination in the same year.
Between 1963 and 1967 Moltke took an internship and finally took his second state examination. In 1968, he came into the higher echelons of the Foreign Service, where Gebhardt vom Moltke proceeded to work in the First Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bonn.
From 1971 until 1977 Moltke worked in the Department of the German Ambassador in Moscow and Yaoundé. He then returned to the Foreign Office, where he was active in the Personnel Department. Between 1982 and 1986, he worked in the Political Department of the Embassy in Washington, after which he took over the leadership of the USA’s Department at the Foreign Office.
Thereafter, Gebhardt von Moltke in 1991, became Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs at NATO in Brussels. In 1997, Moltke was named as the Ambassador to London, an office which he held until 1999. Then, he was appointed as Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany in the North Atlantic Council of NATO. In 2003 Moltke retired. In the same year he became the new Chairman of the German-British Society which is a partner in the prestigious Koenigswinter Conference.
Gebhardt von Moltke holds an honorary doctorate from Birmingham University and lives in Berlin.