Born 16 August 1977 in Luxembourg. Currently based in Moscow, Russian Federation.
Graduated from London School of Economics & Political Science (UK) with BSc. Government & Law, followed by a postgraduate diploma from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (FR). Executive education at the J.F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (USA).
Prior to taking up his present position, Jean-Claude Knebeler was a Luxembourg career diplomat whose career gave him unique insight into issues of economic development and finance, with a particular focus on emerging markets:
Director general for Trade & Investment Promotion at the Ministry of the Economy & Foreign Trade, Luxembourg. In charge of all strategy to promote exports and attract foreign direct investment, diplomatic advisor to the Minister. Main focus on Russia, China & Middle East.
Member of the Board of Directors of Cargolux International Airlines S.A. (freight airline) and Enovos International S.A. (energy producer and distributor).
Consul General and Executive Director of the Luxembourg Trade & Investment Office in New York City. In charge of economic diplomacy in the Eastern half of the United States and Canada, focusing on financial services and innovative technology.
Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to the Russian Federation. Ambassador to Kazakhstan and Belarus (with residence in Moscow).
Since 09/2020 Head of the Sustainable Development Department, International & Comparative Law Research Centre, Moscow.
Independent member of the Sustainability Council of Gazprombank.
Drawing on experience and a global network of contacts and partners, Mr. Knebeler provides expertise and independent advice on matters related to international aspects of sustainable development, sustainable finance as well as the geopolitical factors affecting international business.