Karl‐Theodor zu Guttenberg served as Minister of Economics and Technology and then as Minister of Defense in the cabinet of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. As the youngest Defense Minister in German history, he led the most significant structural reform of the German armed forces since the Bundeswehr’s founding. He was an American‐German Young Leader in 2003.
Mr. zu Guttenberg was a member of the German Bundestag from 2002 to 2011, and served as spokesman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. He was also a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Secretary General of Germany’s co‐governing CSU party.
He is a Distinguished Statesman at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC, and served as Senior Advisor to the European Commission leadership on global Internet freedom. He sits on a variety of international corporate and not‐for‐profit boards. He also is the Chairman and Founder of Spitzberg Partners, a consultancy and investment firm.
Mr. zu Guttenberg has published numerous op‐eds and articles, and he holds a law degree from the University of Bayreuth. He currently lives with his wife and two daughters in Greenwich, Connecticut.