Matthew G. Boyse
United States of America
Politician, diplomat, US Consul General in Düsseldorf
DAAD Scholarship 1985
Matthew Gordon Boyse came to Germany for three months on a DAAD scholarship in 1985. At the research institute run by the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) in Ebenhausen near Munich, he did research on and wrote about the reforms in the USSR. “During my stay, I was able to further improve my German and acquaint myself with the state of research at Germany’s institutes and universities,” says Boyse looking back.
The experience that I gained at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs of the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) proved to be very useful for my work at the U.S. State Department.
But he did not become a scientist – instead he was drawn to practical politics. “Diplomacy and research are both interesting in their own particular way, but the ‘real world’ dimension in the foreign service is indeed closer to my interests,” says Matthew G. Boyse. He got to know what “real life” is all about on all kinds of postings: he was Chief of Staff at the U.S. State Department and a member of the U.S. Embassy staff in New Delhi during the conflict with Pakistan in 2003. At the American Embassy in Berlin, he dealt with questions of economic development in the former East Germany. In Warsaw, he was responsible for maintaining contacts with the Solidarnosc (Solidarity) trade union and with the political parties that emerged from this. The diplomat also gained further experience at the U.S. Embassies in Moscow, Dhaka and London. Since August 2006, he has held the office of U.S. Consul General in Düsseldorf.
“The experience that I gained during my scholarship proved to be very useful for my work at the U.S. State Department, especially since I have been assigned to Germany for the second time now,” says Matthew Boyse. In his capacity as Consul General, he deals with a broad range of issues that relate to the Federal State of North-Rhine Westphalia and the United States. For example, the consulate supports American companies that do trade with Germany or that have invested here. German companies that would like to invest in the U.S. can also turn to his department. “Over and above this, we are engaging actively in our ‘dialogue with German society’ through a large number of information and cultural events,” says the diplomat. In particular, he wants to promote dialogue on politics, business and culture between Americans and Germans and so familiarise Germans with the lesser-known aspects of U.S. foreign and economic policy.
Matthew Gordon Boyse grew up in a suburb of Detroit/Michigan. He graduated from Haverford College in Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in Latin and Greek Philology and from Columbia University in New York with a master’s degree in Soviet and East European Studies. Boyse also studied at Middlebury College in the U.S. state of Vermont and at Yale in Connecticut.