SAJDIK, Martin

Professorial Lecturer

Academic Career

Ambassador Martin Sajdik has been serving as Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office to the Trilateral Contact Group on the implementation of the peace plan in the East of Ukraine since 22 June 2015.

Prior to this, Sajdik was as the Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations (2012 -2015). In January 2014 he was elected as President of the UN Economic and Social Council and held this function until July 2015. In these years he also served as Chairperson of the UN High Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development. Before coming to New York Sajdik was Austria's Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Mongolia and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. From 2003 until 2007, Ambassador Sajdik held the post of Director General for Economic Affairs and European Integration. Between postings at the Austrian Embassy in Moscow (1980-1985 and 1989-1991) and with the Executive Secretariat of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE) in Vienna (1986-1987), he held executive positions at a major Austrian construction company and an Austrian Bank in Moscow. Earlier in his career, he served at the Permanent Representation of Austria to the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Ambassador Sajdik studied law, international law and international relations in Vienna, Moscow and Bologna (Johns Hopkins), and received his doctorate degree in law in Vienna in 1971. He is the author of several books on the “Enlargement Process of the EU”, published in Austria, Germany, US and in China.

Besides his native German Sajdik speaks English, Russian, French and Italian.


Sajdik has lectured in many countries throughout the past 20 years. In the US he lectured at the University of New Orleans, Brigham Young und Utah Valley University, Mercy College/New York and most recently at Princeton and Long Island University (LIU).

He has been teaching Sustainable Development since 2015, with the Diplomatic Academy being the first institution to offer this course starting the very year of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda.