Margit Wästfelt

Position and Company: Austrian diplomat
Country: Austria

Margit Wästfelt, born in Graz, Austria, joined the Austrian diplomatic service in 1978. First assignment as a junior diplomat was the Austrian Embassy in Paris; after returning to Vienna she was designated to the department for legal and consular affairs setting up a hot-line and ameliorating the service for the public.

In 1990 she was nominated cultural counsellor at the Austrian Embassy in Moscow and subsequently nominated deputy head of mission. Besides Russia the area of activities comprised the successor states to the Soviet Union. In 1999 she teamed up with the Austrian Delegation to the OSCE in Vienna and participated in the 2000 Austrian OSCE chairmanship. In 2002 she was installed as head of the Austrian Delegation to the OSCE. Her functions also encompassed Council of Europe affairs.

In 2008 Margit Wästfelt was nominated Ambassador to Finland. She finished her diplomatic career as Alternate Secretary General of the Central European Initiative in Trieste, Italy (2013-2015).

At present she is active as a consultant in the field of international economic relations and knowledge management. Her publications are focussed on topics concerning the OSCE and Council of Europe.