Sixty years of Diplomatic Relations between New Zealand and Germany
Dr Anne-Marie Schleich
It is only eighteen months since Ambassador Dr Anne-Marie Schleich took up her post in Wellington in August 2012.
Born in Saarlouis in Germany, she graduated from the University of Manheim where she obtained a PhD in Political Science.
After graduating from the University of Mannheim, she studied under a Fulbright Scholarship at Mount Holyoke College and at Harvard in Massachusetts as well as at the University of North Carolina, a Research University located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
From 1998 to 2001, Dr Schleich was a Foreign Affairs Adviser in the International Division of the Federal Chancellery in Bonn and Berlin. From 2001 to 2004, she was Head of the Division on International Environment and Bio-policy Issues in the German Foreign Office in Berlin and from 2004 to 2008 she was Head of the Culture and Education Division at the German Embassy in London. During this time, she held positions in the German Embassies in Singapore and Bangkok and headed the Trade and Commerce Section of the Embassy in Islamabad. From August 2008 until she came to New Zealand, Dr Schleich was the German Consul General in Melbourne.
Dr Schleich is married to Mr Cheng Tan, a retired Barrister-at-law from Singapore, and they have two children.