Wolfgang Ischinger is an experienced German diplomat with the current mandate as Chairman of the Munich Conference on Security Policy to bring people together to discuss the central security issues of our time.

From 1998 to 2000, Ischinger served as Deputy Foreign Minister. From 2006 to 2008, he was the Federal Republic of Germany's ambassador to the United Kingdom, and before that the German ambassador to the United States for almost five years. His long career in the German Foreign Service gave him specific expertise in international negotiating processes, having been involved with the Bosnia Peace Talks at Dayton, Ohio and negotiations on NATO enlargement and the Kosovo crisis.