Martin Sajdik, after graduating from the Theresianum in Vienna in 1967, Martin Sajdik studied law at the University of Vienna (doctorate in 1971) and subsequently international law at the Lomonosov University in Moscow, Russia and international relations at the Johns Hopkins University in Bologna, Italy.

His diplomatic career took Martin Sajdik to Belgrade, Nairobi and Geneva and from 1991 as envoy to the Austrian Embassy in Moscow. In 1997, he was appointed head of the Department for EU Enlargement, External Economic Relations and Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. In 2003 he was appointed head of the economic and integration policy section in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. From 2007 to 2011 he was Austrian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, North Korea and Mongolia, and from 2012 to 2015 Ambassador to the United Nations in New York. From 2015 to 2020, Ambassador Sajdik was the OSCE Ukraine Special Envoy. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Martin Sajdik was also Head of the Moscow Representative Office of Creditanstalt-Bankverein and Managing Director of the Maculan Group.