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Ambassador Dr. Norbert Riedel

Dr Norbert Riedel

Dr Norbert Riedel, © German Embassy Singapore


Message from the Ambassador

Dear visitors,

A very warm welcome to the website of the German Embassy in Singapore!

Here my team and I would like to offer you a range of information on Germany and Singapore as well as useful contacts and links. In addition, we provide you with an overview of current topics in Germany as well as important aspects of the German-Singaporean partnership, its bilateral co-operation in politics and economy, in science and culture, and issues related to environmental protection and climate change.

Furthermore, you will find

* information on Germany, including German foreign policies,
* advice regarding visa application as well as work and study opportunities in Germany,
* tips for consular issues and services for German citizen in Singapore,
* information on German institutions in Singapore, and
* information in the areas of economy, culture and environment.

Germany and Singapore are partners in international politics, in science and culture and above all, in trade and investments: With regards to the trade volume Germany is Singapore's most important partner in Europe and, conversely, Singapore is Germany's most important trading partner in Southeast Asia. Nearly 2.000 German companies are represented in Singapore and an estimated 8.000 Germans are living here, among them more than 200 scientists.

I hope you will enjoy the virtual visit of the Embassy. Suggestions and comments are always welcome.

Best wishes,

Dr. Norbert Riedel

Curriculum vitae

Ambassador Dr Norbert Riedel was born in Stuttgart in 1960. He is married and has 2 Children.

Since October 2020
Ambassador to Singapore
2017 - 20
Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein
2015 - 17

Ambassador, Director for Asia and the Pacific, Federal Foreign Office

2014 - 15
Ambassador, Commissioner for International Cyber Policy, Federal Foreign Office
2010 - 14
German Embassy Beijing, Minister and Deputy Head of Mission (06-09/2013: Chargé d’Affaires a.i.)
2009 - 10
Deputy Director-General responsible for Personnel,
Federal Foreign Office
2007 - 09
Head of the Personnel Division, Federal Foreign Office
2005 - 07
Head of the Visa Policy Division, Federal Foreign Office
2002 - 05
Head of the European Policy Division, Federal Chancellery
1999 - 02
German Embassy in Lisbon/Portugal
1996 - 99
European DirectorateGeneral, Federal Foreign Office
1993 - 96
German Embassy in Sofia/Bulgaria
1992 - 93
Economic Affairs Directorate-General, Federal Foreign Office
Federal Foreign Office
Since 2005
Honorary Professor at the University of Wurzburg
Second state law examination
Doctorate in law from the University of Wurzburg
1988 - 91
Research Assistant, Institute for Public International Law, European Law and International Economic Law, University of Wurzburg
1982 -88
Studied law in Wurzburg and Caen/France
1981 - 82
German Air Rescue, Stuttgart
1979 - 81

Commerzbank AG, Stuttgart

Selected articles and speeches

Articles and speeches
Ansprache anlässlich des Gala-Abends “50 Jahre Deutsche Europäische Schule Singapur”/ Greeting on the occasion of the gala-night “50 years of German European School Singapore, 18 June 2022
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Article in The Straits Times entitled ”We stand in solidarity with Ukraine“, 25 February 2022 (together with Marc Abensour and Magdalena Bogdziewicz)
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Article in The Straits Times entitled ”Cultural VTL just as vital in reconnecting the world“, 11 January 2022 (together with Michael Tay)

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Greeting message by Ambassador Dr. Norbert Riedel on the occasion of the visit of frigate ”Bayern“ to Singapore, 21 December 2021
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Article in The Straits Times entitled ”German frigate’s port call is a sign of solidarity with Singapore and Germany’s continued commitment to the Indo-Pacific Region“, 20 December 2021
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Speech at the Opening Ceremony of ”Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific (ITAP)“, 1 Hall@Singapore Expo, 22 November 2021
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Commentary in The Business Times on ”EU’s Indo-Pacific Strategy stands ready to deepen EU-Asean ties“ together with Marc Abensour and Margriet Vonno, 15 October 2021
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Article in The Business Times entitled ”Working together towards carbon-neutral societies“, 29 June 2021
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Article in The Straits Times entitled ”'Vaccine multilaterism' is key in the pandemic battle“, 9 April 2021
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Opening remarks at the KAS-Forum”‚Digital Sovereignty - Laws and Policies to govern Digital Media and Social Media in Asi’, 17 March 2021
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Keynote speech at “Meet the Chamber” on “Opportunities and Challenges in the Centre of the Indo-Pacific”, 18 February 2021
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Opening speech at the Panel Discussion “Universal and Educational Lessons from the Holocaust”, Nanyang Technological University Singapore, 27 January 2021
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Article in The Straits Times entitled “The Holocaust - never again must mankind stumble this way”, 27 January 2021
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Article in The Straits Times entitled “Why Germany is opening new chapter in its ties with the Indo-Pacific”, 19 September 2020
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