Gunnar Wiegand is the European External Action Service (EEAS) Director for Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia, Regional Cooperation and OSCE. He was also the Chief negotiator of the Association Agreement with Georgia, Moldova and Armenia, as well as the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with Kazakhstan. A native of Hamburg, Gunnar Wiegand studied law at the Universities of Bonn and Hamburg. He also has a Master of Arts in International Relations from the John Hopkins University (Bologna, Italy and Washington DC). Mr. Wiegand has extensive experience working in various Directorates-General at the European Commission. He began his career in the Commission as a Desk Officer for GDR/External Aspects of German Unification in 1990. In 1994 he worked as Assistant to the Director General of DG External Economic Relations. Gunnar Wiegand became Spokesman for External Relations for Commissioner Chris Patten in 1999 and in 2002 became Head of Unit for Relations with the United States and Canada (DG External Relations). He held this post until 2006 when he became Head of Unit for Relations with Russia; Northern Dimension and Nuclear Safety (DG External Relations) and in 2008 he became Director for Eastern Europe, Southern Caucasus and Central Asia.