Stephen A. Hubler
Stephen A. Hubler assumed his duties as Consul General on August 12, 2012. Before his arrival in Düsseldorf, he was the Deputy Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg, Russia (2009-2012), where he was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the consulate, comprised of 16 U.S. government and 90 Locally Employed Staff working in four separate U.S. Government agencies. He is a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service.
His first overseas assignment was at the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt, where he served as political officer covering the states of Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland from 1992-1994. Before that, he served briefly in the State Department’s Office of Austria, Germany and Switzerland Affairs; the Office for Independent States and Commonwealth Affairs; and on the United Kingdom Desk. From 1994-1996, Steve Hubler served as vice consul at the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica, providing both visa services and American citizen services. From 1997-1998, he served on the State Department’s Executive Secretariat Staff as a Watch Officer/Senior Watch Officer in the Operations Center. He also worked as a Political-Military Affairs Officer in the Department’s Office of International Security and Peacekeeping, where he managed an international peacekeeping training program and played an active role in planning for peacekeeping operations in Kosovo.
From 1999-2001, he was an International Relations Officer in the Office of Central American Affairs, working on U.S. policy toward Guatemala and on regional labor issues. In 2001, he was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia, where he spent two years as the U.S. Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Horn of Africa. In that capacity, he oversaw nearly $30 million in U.S. assistance and protection programs for one million refugees in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, Djibouti, and Kenya.
From 2004-2008, Steve Hubler served as Political and Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Macedonia, where he worked with NATO, OSCE, and EU colleagues on issues related to Macedonia’s NATO and EU membership bids. For those efforts, Mr. Hubler received the State Department’s 2008 Award for Advancing U.S.-EU Relations.
In addition to German, Mr. Hubler’s foreign languages are Spanish, Macedonian, and Russian. He is the recipient of six Department of State Superior Honor Awards and a Meritorious Honor Award for performance.
Born in Ecuador, Steve Hubler grew up in Germany, Japan, Nepal, Bolivia, and Austria, but is a native of Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1986 with an M.A. in International Relations. He served as a U.S. Army officer with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Fulda, Germany, from 1988-1990. He is married to Ute Reith-Hubler, from Fulda, Germany, and they have two daughters who are both fluent in German. His older daughter currently is a student at Pennsylvania State University.