Ambassador Dr. Thomas Prinz presented his credentials to President Abdul Hamid on March 8th, 2015. Before coming to Bangladesh he was head of the department for Foreign Trade Policies at the German Foreign Office in Berlin and established the task force for "Economics and Human Rights". At his last posting abroad he acted as Deputy Head of Mission in Canberra, Australia. Prior posts include German foreign missions in Bucharest, Jakarta, Tokio and Shanghai, as well as a secondment to the NATO Mission in Kabul. Ambassador Dr. Prinz studied History and Political Science at the South East Asia Institut in Heidelberg and came to Bangladesh in 1983 already for a study exchange.