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Ambassador Speaker Series: H.E. DR. Petra Schneebauer

January 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST



     Ambassador Speaker Series

H.E. DR. Petra Schneebauer

Austria’s Challenges in a World of Crisis

Department of State


The Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide AAFSW cordially invite you to the Ambassador Speakers Series featuring Her Excellency Dr.Petra Schneebauer Austrian Ambassador who will enlighten us with an interesting and informative presentation, entitled “Austria’s challenges in a world of crisis.”

The program will take place on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at 11:00 am. EST  at the Dean Aucheson Auditorium in the Department of State.

R.S.V.P. by Thursday, January 18. The cost is $15.00 per person for non-members and $10.00 for AAFSW members (the final cost includes a small processing fee).

Please come to the entrance at 23 Street NW entrance between C and D streets of the State
Department at approximately 10:45 am.

The program presentation begins at 11:00 AM and ends approximately at 12:00 pm.

I look forward to seeing you.

Sheila Switzer . AAFSW Program Chair


Dr. Petra Schneebauer, Ambassador

Ambassador Schneebauer was born in Wels, Upper Austria, and grew up in a nearby small town until she began her studies at the University of Vienna and the University of Salzburg.

During her time in law school and her simultaneous seven-year career as a language teacher, Ambassador Schneebauer developed an interest in diplomacy and thus completed an internship at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium (1993).

In her early diplomatic career, Ambassador Schneebauer served at the Directorate for International Organizations and at the Department for Disarmament and Arms Control of the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1995-1997), as well as at the Austrian Mission to the United Nations in New York (1997–2001), where she was charged with the coordination of the first Austrian EU Presidency in 1998. Ambassador Schneebauer also represented Austria in the First Committee and was elected as its Vice-President in 2000 at the 55th UN General Assembly.

Upon returning to Austria in 2001, Ambassador Schneebauer served two Federal Presidents in their consecutive terms of office: Thomas Klestil (2001-2004) and Heinz Fischer (2004–2007). 

After her assignment at the Federal President’s Office, she was appointed as Austrian Consul-General in Zurich, Switzerland (2007-2011), and subsequently as Austria’s Ambassador to the Republic of Malta (2011-2015).

In 2015, Ambassador Schneebauer became the head of the Consular Crises Center (2015-2017) where her duties included the timely update of travel advice as well as assisting Austrian victims of terrorist attacks and natural disasters across Europe and the world.

In December 2017, Ambassador Schneebauer was nominated as Director-General for Consular Affairs at the Austrian Foreign Ministry. Core tasks in this position include, among others: the development of (Schengen) visa policy as well as the consular support for Austrians traveling and permanently living abroad (passports, certificates of citizenship, etc.). One of the greatest challenges during this time was the coordination of more than three dozen repatriation flights during the COVID crisis in the spring of 2020. Since 2018, she has held the function of Austrian National Coordinator and leader of the Task Force for the Combat of Human Trafficking.

Ambassador Schneebauer is a lawyer by profession (Mag. Dr. iur.) and also holds a doctorate in philosophy (Mag. Dr. phil.).

She is fluent in German, English, French and Italian. She also speaks some Spanish and Russian. 



January 23
11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST


Dean Acheson Auditorium
2201 E Street, NW, at the 23 Street entrance (between C and D streets)
Washington, DC
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