Mr Herman was born in 1952 in Budapest.   He studied in Budapest and graduated in 1975 in   Moscow. He attended post-graduate courses in Austria and  Germany. 

He started in 1975 as desk officer in the Hungarian MFA, serving later two terms in Latin America.   In 1990, he became Spokesman of the MFA. In 1992 he became Deputy State Secretary and  also Government Spokesman. Thereafter, he went on as  Ambassador in Greece, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and (from 2000) Ambassador of Hungary to NATO.

Mr. Herman joined the European Commission in 2005. Initially, he acted as Principal Advisor for Regional Cooperation, playing a substantial role in preparing several policies (Black Sea,  Arctic and lastly the Eastern Partnership.) From 2009, Mr Herman served as Head of the EU’s Delegation to Norway. In 2013/14, he was the EU’s  Special Envoy to Central Asia. Between 2014 and 2018, he worked as the Ambassador of the EU in Georgia. He retired from service in 2018.

Beyond Hungarian, Janos Herman speaks fluently English, French, Spanish and Russian. He also speaks German and Greek.  He published numerous studies and articles. At stages of his career, he had active presence and  profile in the media.