Hans-Friedrich von Ploetz

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Person.png Hans-Friedrich von Ploetz   LinkedInRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(lawyer, diplomat)
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Born12 July 1940
Nimptsch, Niederschlesien, Germany
Alma materUniversity of Marburg, Free University Berlin, University of Vienna
SpousePäivi Marianna Leinonen
German Permanent Representative to NATO, and Ambassador to the UK and Russia. Attended the 1995 Bilderberg meeting as State Secretary in the Foreign Office

Dr. Berthold Hans-Friedrich von Ploetz is a German jurist and diplomat. He was Permanent Representative to NATO, and Ambassador to the UK and Russia. He attended the 1995 Bilderberg meeting as State Secretary in the Foreign Office,


Hans-Friedrich von Ploetz comes from an old noble family, which first appears on Gut Wartenberg in the Neumark in 1306 and has been documented in Pomerania since 1509, and is the son of the former landowner and later insurance clerk Berthold von Ploetz (1903-1998), and Bessie von Voigt (1905-1975).

Ploetz married Päivi Marianna Leinonen (born 19 September 1948 in Helsinki) in Helsinki (Finland) on 7 August 1971, the daughter of General Kaarlo Olavi Leinonen, Commander of the Finnish Armed Forces, and Hilkka Virtanen. He is father of two children.


After graduating from high school in 1960, he studied law at the universities of Marburg, Berlin and Vienna. After the legal state examination, he was a research assistant at the University of Marburg and in 1967 he received his PhD in law.


In 1966 he entered the foreign service. First he worked in Morocco, then in Finland. In 1973 he returned to Bonn, where he worked in the economic department and in the NATO department of the political department. Another posting led to the USA and then again to Bonn in the 1980s, this time as deputy head and later head of department in the office of Federal Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher. In 1985 he became Head of Sub-Department 20, responsible for Western Europe, North America, NATO, WEU and European Union. In 1988 he became deputy head of the German NATO embassy in Brussels.

From 1989 to 1993 Ploetz was himself German NATO Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council. Until 1994 he was head of the Europe department at the Federal Foreign Office in Bonn and from 1994 to 1998 successor to Jürgen Trumpf he was State Secretary at the Federal Foreign Office, responsible for European integration as well as economic, cultural and legal issues. From 1999 to 2002 he was ambassador at the German Embassy in London and from 2002 to 2005 at the German Embassy in Moscow.

From 2006 to December 2010, Ploetz was spokesman for the management of the German-Russian Youth Exchange Foundation.[1]

From 1994 to 1999 he was a member of the supervisory board of the German Investment and Development Company and from 2008 to 2012 of Robert Bosch GmbH. Since 2011 he has chaired the Investment Advisory Council of the Green Gateway Fund.

He is also on the board of the German-Azerbaijani Forum.

Ploetz works for Wermuth Asset Management GmbH and is a member of the Green Growth Fund investment team.[2]He was Vice-Chairman of the Board of Vitrulan International GMBH (2005-2013).


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/19958 June 199511 June 1995Greece
Nafsika Astir Palace Hotel
The 43rd Bilderberg. Held at the Burgenstock Hotel in Burgenstock, Switzerland.
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