Dr. Boden was the German Ambassador to the OSCE in Vienna from 2002-2005. He entered the diplomatic service in 1968, completing assignments in the political department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bonn, to various diplomatic missions including to Soviet Russia and Italy and as a political counsellor in the German Bundestag. Dr. Boden was the Deputy Chief Negotiator for Germany in negotiations on the reduction of conventional forces in Europe (CFE) in Vienna from 1989-1992. In 1995 he became Head of the OSCE Mission in Georgia and, from 1999 to 2002 went back to the Caucasus as SRSG of the UN Secretary-General in Georgia and Head of UNOMIG. Dr. Boden is now retired from the foreign service but continues to work on contracts with the OSCE/ODIHR. He is also an Adjunct Professor of International Relations at the University of Potsdam. He holds a PhD in Slavic Philology from Hamburg University and was appointed Honorary Doctor by the Tbilisi School for Political Studies in 2006.
German Ambassador, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (retired)