Open-ended Working Group on Conventional Ammunition


Albrecht von Wittke

Albrecht von Wittke has been serving as Head of Division for Conventional Disarmament, Arms Control and Confidence and Security Building Measures Worldwide as well as Preventive Arms Control in the Directorate-General for International Order, the United Nations and Arms Control at the Federal Foreign Office, Berlin, since August 2020. His Division is responsible inter alia for Arms Control instruments like the Convention on Certain Conventional weapons (CCW), the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention and the Convention on Cluster Munitions as well as issues like Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW; including a large portfolio of assistance projects) and New Technologies and Arms Control, including Lethal Au-tonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS).

Mr. von Wittke has been working in the German Foreign Service since 1994, with a range of positions in Arms Control and Export Control:

Prior to his current appointment, he served from 2017 to 2020 as Head of Division for Ex-port Controls of Non-Conventional Dual Use Goods at the Federal Foreign Office, Berlin, and inter alia as head of the German Delegations to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).
From 2014 to 2017 he was Minister Counselor in the Political Department of the German Embassy in Washington, D.C., where his portfolio also included Arms Control issues.
From 2010 to 2014 he was Deputy Head of the Export Control Division for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods in the Federal Foreign Office, Berlin, and inter alia Deputy Head of the German Delegation for the negotiation of the 2013 Arms Trade Treaty.
From 2006 to 2010 he was Germany’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva/Switzerland, including inter alia the negotiations of the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions and the 2007-2010 Review Cycle of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty including the 2010 NPT Review Conference.

Albrecht von Wittke is married and has four children. He studied economics and political sci-ences and graduated in economics at Université Paris IX-Dauphine in 1991 and at Bonn Univer-sity in 1994.