Ambassador Roland Schäfer presented his credentials on October 23rd, 2017.
He expressed respect and admiration for Nepal’s successful peace process, and wishes to position Germany as a privileged, respectful and forward-looking interlocutor on all questions related to it. He also believes that cooperation between Nepal and Germany should enter a new phase, especially in the field of business to business contacts. Finally, he is grateful for the many friends Nepal has made among German tourists, students and NGO workers. By fostering political dialogue, mutual business interests and people to people contacts Germany will make its contribution to the European Union’s huge international potential.
Ambassador Schäfer has worked extensively on European Union Affairs in Berlin and Brussels. His last posting was a leading position in Federica Mogherini’s European Diplomatic Service. He served as the Director for the Americas, engaging the EU in the Colombian Peace process and fostering cooperation on Citizen Security, Rule of Law and the Sustainable Development Goals with all partners in the Americas and the Caribbean. In previous postings for the German Foreign Service, he gathered experience at the UN headquarters in New York and helped promote economic and scientific cooperation in Mumbai, Algiers and Buenos Aires. His first trip to Nepal was in 1997, as a tourist, leaving a lasting impression.
He is married to Brigitte Chéron-Schäfer and has two grown-up children.