Gerald Hinteregger

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Born12 November 1928
Weiz, Steiermark, Austria
Died17 February 2013 (Age 84)

Gerald Hinteregger was an Austrian diplomat.


Gerald Hintereger received a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of Mississippi in 1951 (meaning he was hand-picked after the war) followed by a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Graz, Austria, and finally a Doctor of Law from the University of Vienna.


Hinteregger joined the Austrian Foreign Service in 1957, first working as a legal secretary to the then Foreign Minister Bruno Kreisky. From 1965 to 1970 he was Embassy Secretary at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, and from 1970 to 1975 Head of the Cabinet of the Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 1975 he was named Austrian Ambassador to Spain, a post he held until 1978, when he became Austrian Ambassador to the Soviet Union. In 1981 he was recalled to Vienna, and became Secretary-General for Foreign Affairs and Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations, a post he held in Vienna for the next six years.

From 1987 to 1993, he was Executive Secretary for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. During those years, Europe’s political and economic landscape changed dramatically, with the disintegration of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, the separation of the Czech and Slovak Republics and the reunification of Germany.[1]

A great advocate of pan-European cooperation, Hinteregger believed in applying the results of UNECE’s analytical economic studies especially in the newly independent countries. Under his leadership UNECE advocated for gradual structural and institutional reform and stable legal frameworks to support the private sector and liberalization of trade in the countries in economic transition. [1]

For a few weeks after 1 November 1989, Hinteregger was Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees,[2] after Jean-Pierre Hocke resigned amid investigations into charges that he undercut the agency's management and misused hundreds of thousands of dollars for personal entertainment and travel.[3]


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/198411 May 198413 May 1984Sweden
The 32nd Bilderberg, held in Sweden