H.E. Amb. Gabriela von Habsburg

Ambassador of Georgia to Germany

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Gabriela von Habsburg, also known as Archduchess Gabriela of Austria, is the Ambassador of Georgia to Germany since 2009. She is the granddaughter of Charles I, the last Emperor of Austria. Ambassador von Habsburg is also a prolific abstract sculptor, working mainly in stainless steel as well as stone-printed lithography.

Gabriela von Habsburg studied philosophy for two years at the University of Munich. From 1978 to 1982, she studied art at the Munich Academy of Arts.
Since 2001, she has been an art professor at the Academy of Arts of Tbilisi, Georgia while also teaching at the Summer Academy of Arts in Neuburg an der Donau, Germany until 2005. During her tenure there she was granted Georgian citizenship.  Her five hectare vineyard in Georgia produces wine.

In November 2009, Georgia appointed Gabriela von Habsburg as its ambassador to Germany, and since March 2011 she has maintained a flat in Berlin. Believing that Georgian history served as a crucible for European culture, she has maintained that the liberalizing reforms of President Mikheil Saakashvili have been welcome and invigorating for Georgia's people and economy, which has prompted her to work for Georgia's membership in the European Market.

Since March 2010, Gabriela von Habsburg represents Georgia at the International Council of the Austrian Service Abroad.