Message from the Ambassador
Welcome to the website of the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development!
Originally established as an advisory follow-up organisation to the Marshall Plan, the Organisation for Economic Co‑operation and Development (OECD) today sets standards for international economic relations in many specialist fields. It also prepares groundbreaking analyses and international data comparisons on topics ranging from environmental protection, climate change and education – the obvious example here being the oft‑quoted PISA study – to financial and social policy, energy and development activities. Its aim is to sustainably secure and improve the economic framework and living conditions in the OECD Member countries and beyond. It thus makes an important contribution towards shaping globalisation and supports the G20 in many different ways.
The OECD is an international governmental organisation with 35 Member countries; the European Commission also participates. Although they are not Member countries, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa play a major role as Key Partners participating in the work of substantive bodies of the organisation.
The job of Germany’s Permanent Representation to the OECD is to stand up for Germany’s interests in the organisation – in the Council, in committee meetings or in working groups on the spot. Not only the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, which has lead responsibility for the OECD, second staff to the Permanent Representation, but also the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Bundesbank.
Our website provides comprehensive documentation about the work of the Permanent Representation and the OECD as well as contact details for officials responsible for specific fields.
Dr. Martin Hanz
Ambassador Martin Hanz took up his duties as Permanent Representative of Germany to the OECD on 5 July 2017.
Mr. Hanz was born on 30 April 1955 in Montabaur. He holds a degree and a PhD in Law from the University of Munich.
From 1980 to 1983, Mr. Hanz worked as Assistant Judge. In 1983, Mr. Hanz joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he held a number of high-ranking positions: from 1986 to 1989, he worked at the Embassy of Germany in Tokyo; from 1989 to 1993, Mr. Hanz was appointed Speechwriter of the Federal Chancellor; from 1993 to 1995, he worked at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the European Union, Brussels; and from 1995 to 1997 as a member of the Cabinet of the President, 1997 to 1999, he was appointed Deputy Head of Cabinet of the Commissioner for Industry at the Cabinet of the President at the European Commission.
From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Hanz was nominated Deputy Head of Cabinet of the President at the European Parliament; from 2001 to 2006, Director of the European Union Department and Legal Advisor of European Union Law at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Hanz was appointed Head of the Political Department at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations; from 2009 to 2011, he served as Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Estonia; from 2011 to 2014, Mr. Hanz was Inspector of the Foreign Office.
From 2014, until his appointment as Permanent Representative of Germany to the OECD, Mr. Hanz was Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Germany in New Delhi, India and subsequently, Chargé d’Affaires at the Embassy of Germany in Budapest, Hungary.
Ambassador Hanz is married and has three children.