Ambassador Dr. Erich Hochleitner

Former Executive Chairman AIES


Erich Hochleitner studied Law in Vienna and holds a Doctor iuris degree of the University of Vienna. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics if the University of Stanford.

In 1956, Erich Hochleitner joined the Austrian Foreign Service and held posts in Cairo, Brussels, London and Geneva.

Between 1979 and 1985 he was Austrian Ambassador to Portugal and from 1988 to 1993 Director General for Development Cooperation at the Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs. From 1993 to 1996 he was Austrian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and Permanent Representative to the WEU and NATO.

In September 1996 he initiated the foundation of the Austrian Institute for European Security Policy and served as its first Director of the Institute.

Erich Hochleitner teaches as a lecturer at the Danube University of Krems.