Heike Fuller, right, joined Global Atlanta at the law offices of Miller & Martin PLLC for a Consular Conversation. She's pictured here with Tom Harrold, a partner at the firm.

German Consul General Heike Fuller is to complete her three-year stint in Atlanta in July. 

Dr. Fuller, the rare diplomat with a doctoral degree, will return to Berlin for what she called “new tasks in the foreign ministry” in a letter to friends and contacts of the consulate. 

During the first half of her tenure that preceded the pandemic, Dr. Fuller presided over the “Wunderbar Together” initiative celebrating German-American cultural ties and promoting German business across the U.S. at a tense time for trader relations. 

She also made it a point to inject “new energy” into the fight against anti-Semitism, as well as spoke frequently on the subject of women in diplomacy. Among many other accomplishments, she installed an honorary consul in Tennessee and held multiple commemorations reflecting on the joint struggle for freedom represented by the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification. 

Global Atlanta hosted her twice for Consular Conversations interviews, once in person in December 2019 and during a virtual call sharing lockdown lessons along with her counterpart from France in the thick of the pandemic. 

Deputy Consul General Kirsten Steltzer will lead the consulate until a replacement is assigned. 

As managing editor of Global Atlanta, Trevor has spent 15+ years reporting on Atlanta’s ties with the world. An avid traveler, he has undertaken trips to 30+ countries to uncover stories on the perils...