Joachim Bitterlich was born in 1948. He studied Law, Economics and Politics at the University of Saarbrücken, and was research assistant at the same university. He was also student at the French National School of Administration (ENA) in Paris (1974-75).
Joachim Bitterlich entered in 1976 into the Federal Foreign Office; he was posted to Algiers (1978-81) and Brussels (Permanent Representation to the European Communities –1981-85). He was Advisor in the private office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hans-Dietrich Genscher (1985-87), head of the European Policy Department at the Federal Chancellor’s Office (1987-93) and Foreign and Security Policy Advisor to Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl (1993-98), and then Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany on the North Atlantic Council Brussels (1998-99), Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain and the Principality of Andorra (1999-2002). He was is Executive Vice President International Affairs of Veolia Environment SA in Paris (2003-2012), and also Chairman of Veolia Environment Germany in Berlin (2009-2012).
Since 2013, Joachim Bitterlich is Independant Consultant, mandates and member of boards in different public and private companies and institutions.
Specific mandates are : Senior Advisor of BGA Berlin Global Advisors (Berlin-London-New York); EUTOP Brussels/Munich, Austrian Home Ministry and others; founding member of CogitoPraxis Paris, member Independant of Historical Commission of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Berlin ; Board of administration of the École Nationale d’Administration ENA, Paris/Strasbourg; member of the Board of Trustees of « Friends of Europe » Brussels, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of the “Club Rhénan”, member of the Advisory Board of the Franco-German Business Club (CEFA), Paris ; Chairmanof the Franco-German Business Circle (DFWK), Berlin ; Deputy Chairman of the German Economic Board (Wirtschaftsrat) Working Group on French-German relations, Advisory Board of the Institut du Bosphore, Paris/Istanbul ; Advisory Board of the Instituto Universitario de Estudios Europeos, Universidad San Pablo CEU, Madrid and Scientific and strategic Committee Regional Council “Normandy for peace”, Advisory Committee Region “Grand Est”.
Joachim Bitterlich is Professor (Adjunct) at the École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP Europe) and Vice-President of the Jacques Delors Institute.