|Austria Ambassador to Portugal|
|President|| Heinz Fischer (2018-2016)|
Alexander Van der Bellen (2017-present)
|Preceded by||Bernhard Wrabetz|
|Austria Ambassador to Cape Verde|
|Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations in Vienna|
24 July 2001 –1 July 2008
|Preceded by||Ferdinand Mayrhofer-Grünbühel|
|Succeeded by||Helmut Böck|
|UN Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs|
8 February 2008 –30 June 2013
|Preceded by||Patrizio Civili|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Gass|
|Spouse(s)||Vanda Stelzer Sequeira|
|Alma mater|| Vienna University |
Johns Hopkins University
Thomas Stelzer (born June 19, 1955) currently serves as the resident Ambassador of Austria in Portugal and non-resident Ambassador of Austria in Cape Verde.
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He holds a doctorate in law from Vienna University, a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from Stanford University, and a diploma in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna Center.
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