Ambassador Albrecht Conze was appointed as German Ambassador to Uganda in July 2017 and took up his full functions after having presented his credentials to the Ugandan President on 7th November 2017.
The Ambassador came to Kampala from Bamako where, in June 2014, he had set up EUCAP Sahel Mali, the EU’s civilian capacity building mission in support of Mali’s security sector reform. As a Special Advisor to the European Commission, he became the first Head of this CSDP mission. EUCAP Sahel Mali is mandated to advise and train the Malian internal security forces.
As a German diplomat and UN peacekeeper, Albrecht Conze has been focusing on fragile and failed states and post-conflict situations for twenty years. He has served as Ambassador to Benin (2006–2008), Zimbabwe (2008–2011) and Bangladesh (2012–2014).
Upon joining the Federal Foreign Service in 1981, he has been posted to Hong Kong, Beijing, Vienna (CSCE, arms control), Warsaw, Tunis, Khartoum and Moscow. Furthermore, his government has twice seconded him to UN peacekeeping missions: first to UNMIK in Pristina (1999–2000), and later to MONUC in Kinshasa where he worked as Deputy Director of the Political Affairs Division from 2004 to 2006.
Educated at Freiburg, Heidelberg, Geneva and Cambridge, Albrecht Conze holds a doctorate in International Law from Freiburg University. Before going into diplomacy, he briefly worked as a lawyer, following his admission to the bar at West Berlin in 1981.
For many years, the focus of Mr. Conze’s professional interest has been on Africa’s stability and development. Among his achievements were his lobbying – while in UN service – with the Bundestag for Germany to take the lead in EUFOR DRC in 2006, and his ground work to persuade the political leaders of Benin for their country to become the first francophone sub-Saharan country to successfully go through the African Peer Review Mechanism. In Harare, he has, from 2009 to 2010, been chairman of the “Fishmongers”, the informal donors group partnering the Transitional Government in all issues related to Zimbabwe's stabilization and recovery.
Conze has published essays on questions of post-communism in Central Europe, political developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe, and some aspects of International Law. He spent the academic year 2011/2012 on a sabbatical at Harvard as a Fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, researching and writing about parameters for Africa’s political emancipation beyond aid and dependency. He summed up his African experience in an article in the Harvard International Revue's spring edition of 2013, followed by a German version in Internationale Politik.
Albrecht Conze likes to spend time with gardening, history books and classical music. He is married to Veronique Le Lay, a French scriptwriter. They have two children, Anastasia, an actress, and Stanislaus, who is preparing for Law School.