Dr Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven was born on 12 November 1956 in Munich, Germany. He graduated from New College, Oxford, in 1980 (Master of Arts) and earned a PhD degree from the Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany (1984). He joined the German Foreign Ministry in 1986. Having served at the German Embassies in Paris (1989-1992) and Moscow (1992-1994, 2002-2005) he also held various posts in the Foreign Ministry such as member of Policy Planning Staff (1994-1998), speech writer of Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer (1998-2002), European correspondent (2005-2007) and Director of European Affairs (2010-2014).

He was German Ambassador to the Czech Republic (2014 - 2016) and took up his position as Ambassador to the Republic of Poland on 15 September 2020.

He also held two positions in intelligence. From 2007 - 2010 he was seconded from the Foreign Office to be Vice President of the German Intelligence Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst). In 2016 he was appointed NATO´s first Assistant Secretary General for Intelligence and Security (until 2019).

Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven is married to Barbara von Ow-Freytag. He speaks English, French and Russian fluently and is studying Polish. His hobbies include history and literature, jazz guitar, skiing, sailing and jogging.

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