Sebastian von Einsiedel is the Vice-Rector in Europe designate for the United Nations University. On 15 November 2018, upon departure of the incumbent Vice-Rector, he will take over full leadership of the Vice-Rectorate, which is based in Bonn, Germany.
As the only Vice-Rector outside of UNU Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, Mr. von Einsiedel will facilitate increased collaboration of UNU with the global UN system and with key stakeholders in Europe, including Europe-based UN entities and the European Commission. He will also represent the Rector of UNU in key policy initiatives, especially in Europe and Africa, and support the worldwide institutional development of UNU.
Prior to being appointed as Vice-Rector, von Einsiedel served as the founding Director of the Tokyo-based UNU Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR) from its inception in 2014 until its merger with the UNU Office in New York in the beginning of 2018.
Mr. von Einsiedel has more than 17 years of professional working experience in the field of International Affairs, including more than a decade with the United Nations. Prior to joining UNU, Mr. von Einsiedel worked in the Policy Planning Unit of the UN Department of Political Affairs (2009–2014), where he led the development of a wide range of policy initiatives on conflict prevention, peacebuilding, counter-terrorism, and organized crime. In 2013, while on sabbatical from the UN, he was a Non-Resident Fellow with the New York University Center on International Cooperation.
Mr. von Einsiedel first joined the United Nations in 2004 as a member of the research team for the UN Secretary-General’s (SG) High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, and subsequently joined the UN SG Office in preparing for the 2005 World Summit.
After serving for two years as Special Assistant to the President of the International Peace Academy (now International Peace Institute) in New York, he rejoined the UN in the field, serving with the UN Mission in Nepal from 2007 to mid-2008. In 2008 he returned to New York, working in the UN SG’s Strategic Planning Unit on terrorism-related issues.
Mr. von Einsiedel also served with the German Bundestag, NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels, and the International Crisis Group in New York. He has published widely on the UN’s rle in international peace and security and he is a frequent speaker, lecturer, and panelist. He has a successful track record of advising senior UN officials and interacting with diplomats and government officials from around the world.
In addition to his mother tongue of German, von Einsiedel is also fluent in English and French.