David Schwake

First Secretary, German Embassy, Washington, D.C.

Antonio Ortiz-Mena

David Schwake, born February 15, 1970 in Goettingen (Northern Germany), spent most of his high school years in Lower Saxony and Hessle. He graduated from high school in 1989. David did his mandatory military service in 1989/1990 before joining Marburg University to study political science and German language and literature.

David spent a year at Sorbonne University in Paris in 1992/93 and earned a “Licence”, before attending Tuebingen University where he earned a masters degree in 1996. He worked as a research assistant at Washington University in St. Louis and earned an M.A. in European Studies in 1997. David was admitted to the German National Merit Foundation in 1991.

In 1998, David joined the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Foreign Service Officer. His first posting was Hanoi, Vietnam (2000- 2003). From 2003-2006 he served on the German Federal President's staff in Berlin as an adviser on Asia, Africa, and global affairs. He accompanied the federal president on numerous official visits, which included trips to Israel, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Botswana, Sierra Leone and Benin.

David joined the United States Department of State as a Transatlantic Diplomatic Fellow in 2006 and worked on peacekeeping issues. From February through May 2007 he was the acting German ambassador in Monrovia, Liberia. Since June 2007, David has been working as a First Secretary at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington. His focus is U.S. domestic politics.

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