Karsten Warnecke, a German national, joined ASEF in August 2012. He is the 6th Deputy Executive Director of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and assists the ASEF Executive Director in the management and administration of the organization, in the implementation of its policies and programmes, and in representing the organization.
Before joining ASEF he dealt with Germany’s and the EU’s involvement in ASEAN and in the ASEM Process as part of his portfolio as Counsellor at the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, where he served as Deputy Head of Division for Regional Organizations and Cooperation in Asia-Pacific.
A seasoned career diplomat with over 25 years of experience, including 16 years with Asia, Karsten is adept at working in cross-cultural settings and in bringing people together from diverse backgrounds. Previous postings have seen him serve in the German Consulates-General in New York, USA and Chennai, India as well as the German Embassy in Singapore.