Wolfgang Petritsch

President, Austrian Marshall Foundation, Vienna, Austria

Wolfgang Petritsch is Joseph A. Schumpeter Fellow at Harvard University and president of the Austrian Marshallplan Foundation. Dr. Petritsch was the European Union’s special envoy and chief negotiator at the Kosovo peace talks in Rambouillet, Paris, and chaired the International Succession Commission in charge of the distribution of the public assets and liabilities among the successor states to the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, resulting in the Vienna Agreement. He served as the International Community’s High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as permanent representative to the UN, the WTO, and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. As president of the UN Mine Ban Treaty, he chaired the 2005 Nairobi Summit for a Mine Free World. He represented Austria at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Dr. Petritsch has extensively published in international media and publications, with an emphasis on the post-conflict region of Southeast Europe, the EU and on humanitarian intervention. He holds a Ph.D. in Southeastern European history from the University of Vienna and was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.