Departments & Offices in the Embassy


Head of MissioN

H.E. Mr. Wolfgang Waldner, AMBASSADOR

Deputy Chief of Mission

Mr. Günther Salzmann, MINISTER

Political Department

Mr. Günther Salzmann, MINISTER

Economic Policy Department

Mr. Alexander Ehrlich-Adam, COUNSELOR (Economy)

Office of the Financial Attaché

Mr. Paul Rzepa-Stark, Attaché

Austrian Press & Information Service

Director: Mr. Johannes Dopsch, COUNSELOR (Press & Information)

The Press & Information Service works closely with the American media and Austrian correspondents delegated to the United States. During visits of Austrian dignitaries, it is in charge of all media-related aspects of their meetings with representatives of the US government. It also keeps the Austrian government informed about developments in the US media.  All year long, inquiries from journalists, students, and private citizens reach the Press & Information Service, which endeavors to answer all queries within 48 hours.

The relations to the Jewish communities on both sides of the Atlantic are also being furthered by the director and his team. Besides the dedicated websites, and, the print version of the Embassy's magazine, Austrian Information, published since 1948, has a worldwide circulation of approximately 11,000 readers. The Press & Information Service is handling all social media feeds of the Embassy (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram). Besides, it has also been responsible for  for producing and maintaing the Embassy’s main website since 1995, historically the first website of the Austrian Foreign Ministry.

Austrian Cultural Forum, Washington, D.C.

Director: Ms. Eva Schöfer, MINISTER (Cultural)

The Austrian Cultural Forum in Washington, D.C. is a center for cultural exchange between Austria and the United States. The Cultural Forum can accommodate a total of 420 guests per event in the Embassy’s Atrium. In collaboration with American and Austrian partner organizations,  it hosts classical, contemporary, and jazz concerts. It further offers exhibitions, literary and academic events, film screenings, and other special events. More than 10,000 visitors attend its events every year, the majority of which are open to the public.

For more information, schedules & events, please visit the Cultural Forum’s web site

Administrative Department

Ms. Michaela Ebner, COUNSELOR (Administrative Affairs)

Consular Section

Ms. Sigrid Kodym-Herzberg, CONSUL GENERAL

The Consular Section of the Austrian Embassy provides a variety of services to Americans and foreign nationals traveling to Austria. It protects the interests of Austrian citizens in the United States, regardless of whether they are permanent residents or visitors. Furthermore, the Consular Section deals with all matters regarding Austrian citizenship. The Consular Section manages the work of the Passport and Visa Office as well as of the Office of Legal and Social Security Affairs.

Consulate Office Hours:
Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(except on Austrian and U.S. holidays)

PLEASE NOTE: The Embassy's consular section only deals with inquiries about residence permits, passports, visas, social security, etc. There are three Austrian Consulates General in the United States. Given that each one serves residents from a particular region, please contact the office in charge of your particular region. If you reside outside the U.S., please contact the Austrian Embassy or Consulate in your country.

Office of Science and Technology Austria

Ms. Simone Pötscher

The Office of Science & Technology Austria (OSTA) at the Embassy of Austria in Washington, D.C, acts as a strategic interface in the areas of higher education, science, research, and innovation policy between Austria and North America.

In keeping with its mission of “Bridging Research and Innovation between Austria and North America,” the OSTA supports Austrian scientists in North America through the OSTA Scientist Network. It provides information on S&T and higher education trends and policy in Austria, Europe, and North America with its online magazine bridges. It also promotes transatlantic cooperation through support and advice on initiating R&D cooperation between institutions in Austria and North America.

For further information, please visit the OSTA online or contact the OSTA team with your questions.


Major General Jürgen Ortner, Defense, Military,  Naval & Air Attaché