Hamburg has appointed three new voluntary HamburgAmbassadors to represent the city’s international interests in Paris, Athens and South Korea, according to an announcement Tuesday (October 23, 2018).
First HamburgAmbassador in Athens
Katharina Scriba, communications expert and cultural co-operation officer at the Goethe Institute, succeeds Professor Wolfgang Michalski, who had been HamburgAmbassador to Paris for many years. Michalski will return to Hamburg this autumn. Meanwhile, Professor Julia Iliopoulos-Strangas has been appointed first HamburgAmbassador to Athens. She has a Ph.D. in law and has worked in this capacity in Athens since 1974. Iliopoulos-Strangas also lectures at the Law Faculty of the National and Kapodistrias University of Athens.
Anton Scholz takes over as the new HamburgAmbassador in Gwangju, South Korea. He succeeds Christoph Zimmer, who held the position until 2017. In early 2018, Zimmer began working from Helsinki with responsibility for the Baltic States. Scholz has worked as a producer for the ARD and ZDF broadcasters, among others, and is considered an expert on South Korea where he spent many years.
Voluntary commitment to Hamburg
Dr. Rolf Strittmatter, CEO of Hamburg Marketing GmbH, says: “We are gaining outstandingly networked HamburgAmbassadors in Athens, Paris and Gwangju with the new honorary representatives. Each of them is distinguished by very individual networks and knowledge of the state, which they make available to the Hanseatic City of Hamburg on a voluntary basis.”