Leadership of the ministry Dr Stefan Oswald

Martin Jäger, who had been State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) for the last four years, has taken on a new post within the Federal Foreign Office.

On 22 September 2021, Dr Stefan Oswald, Head of the Directorate-General for the Marshall Plan with Africa; displacement and migration, was designated to serve as acting State Secretary at the BMZ.

Dr Stefan Oswald
Dr Stefan Oswald

Personal data

•    Married
•    Studies in agricultural sciences in Göttingen and PhD from University of Giessen

Career

1984 to 1988
Development worker for DED in Tanzania 

1989 to 1990
PhD in Giessen and consultant 

1990 
Joined the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

1990 to 1992
Senior Policy Officer in the sector division rural development and international agricultural research
 
1992 to 1995
Private Secretary and Head of Office for the Parliamentary State Secretaries Hans-Peter Repnik and Klaus-Jürgen Hedrich

1995 to 1996
First Secretary for development policy at the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the EU in Brussels

1996 to 1997
Private Secretary and Head of Office for the Parliamentary State Secretary Klaus-Jürgen Hedrich

1997 to 2001
Leave of absence to work at GTZ as head of resource management projects in Zimbabwe and the SADC region 

2001 to 2004
Senior Policy Officer for policy issues relating to Financial Cooperation, cooperation with DEG, merger of DEG and KfW, BMZ Commissioner for harmonisation and aid effectiveness 

2004 to 2010
Senior advisor on development policy for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group

2010 to June 2011
Head of Division OECD/DAC; G7/G8/G20; cooperation with other donors; ODA statistics 

July 2011 to May 2016
Head of Division Afghanistan and Pakistan and Deputy Director for Asia of the BMZ

June 2016 to June 2018 
Director for Sub-Saharan Africa

Since July 2018
Director-General Marshall Plan with Africa; displacement and migration

Since September 2021
Acting State Secretary at the BMZ