Dr Friedrich Kitschelt
State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Dr Friedrich Kitschelt was appointed State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in January 2014.
He has worked at the BMZ since 1989, most recently as head of the Directorate-General "Africa and Latin America; Global and Sectoral Affairs". He is a trained journalist and studied sociology, economics and law.
Dr Kitschelt has held various positions at the BMZ, including head of the Directorate for Asia and South-Eastern Europe, Director for Asia, Special Commissioner for Afghanistan and BMZ Commissioner for Europe. Dr Kitschelt spent some time working at the Federal Chancellery, where he headed the division for North-South relations and human rights policy.
State Secretary Kitschelt also has more than twelve years experience of working abroad in various countries, including Jamaica, India, Kenya and Belgium. Some of these periods abroad were spent working for GTZ – as it was then known – now the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). In Kenya he was in charge of German-Kenyan development cooperation at the German Embassy in Nairobi and in Brussels he headed the division for development policy at Germany's Permanent Representation to the European Union.