Martin Eichtinger is a Member of the Government of Lower Austria with responsibilities including housing, labour and international relations. From January 2015 to March 2018 he served as Austrian Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and from From 2007 to 2010 as Austria‘s Ambassador to Romania and Moldova. Inbetween these two posts he served as Director General for Cultural Policy at the Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs in Vienna. Previously Martin was Chief of Staff in the Cabinet of the Austrian Federal Minister of Economics and Labour, and also Secretary General of the Ministry.
Martin Eichtinger received his J.D. from the University of Graz in 1983 and went on to acquire a Diploma in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University’s Bologna Center. He joined the Austrian diplomatic service in 1986 and had his first posting at the Austrian Embassy in Mexico City in 1987.
He worked in the Austrian Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs, occupying positions both in the Department for European Affairs and as Personal Secretary to the Foreign Minister, Alois Mock. In 1992 he took office as Director of the Austrian Press and Information Service and Press Counsellor in the Embassy in Washington DC, where he served for eight years.
Upon return to Vienna, he accepted a position as the Federation of Industry’s Director for International Affairs. During the following three years he had two extraordinary assignments: as Head of Office of the Special Representative for Payments to Former Forced and Slave Labourers of the Nazi Regime and as a project manager for a pulp and paper factory in Syktyvkar, Russia, which had been acquired by an Austrian company.