Dr. Gunter Mulack is a retired German Ambassador and at present the Executive Director of the German Orient Institute in Berlin.
He entered into the German diplomatic service in 1971 after studying law and oriental languages as well as Middle Eastern regional studies at the universities of Marburg, Freiburg and Göttingen in Germany.
He graduated as a lawyer and passed his state examination in 1968. From 1969-1970 he did postgraduate studies at the University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall Law school – he graduated as LL.M in 1970.
In 1971 after having been research associate at the Institute of International Law at Göttingen University he received his Ph.D. in International law.
As a diplomat he served mostly in the Arab world. He graduated with a diploma in Arabic from MECAS in Lebanon, serving in Cairo, Amman, Beirut, Kuwait and other postings.
He was German Ambassador to Bahrain, Kuwait and Syria and Consul General in Casablanca.
In May 2002 he was appointed as the first German Commissioner for Dialogue with the Muslim world and served until 2005 in this capacity visiting almost all Muslim countries. From July 2005 to September 2008 he served as German Ambassador in Pakistan. In 2009 he was political advisor to the EU Chief observer for the Afghanistan Presidential Elections.
After his retirement in September 2008, he was appointed Executive Director of the German Orient Institute in Berlin. He is member of the board of the German Orient Foundation and of several think tanks, also former Senior Advisor to the Aga Khan Development Network and active in intercultural dialogue as well as political analyst, publisher and commentator of current world affairs with special focus on Muslim countries and political Islam.