Switzerland has announced significant changes to its ambassadorial positions for 2023–2024 in a series of appointments and diplomatic reshuffles. The Federal Departments of Foreign Affairs( FDFA), Economic Affairs, Education and Research( EAER), and Finance( FDF) are just a few of the important departments and Swiss representations abroad that have undergone these changes. Based on selections made by the Federal Council, the adjustments are a part of the regular transfer rotation.
The notable appointments are listed below:
- Andreas Baum, who is currently in charge of the mission in Tokyo, has been named the League of Arab States ‘Special Envoy to the Federal Council and the Arab Republic of Egypt’s extraordinary plenipotentiary.
- Dominique Favre: Currently, the executive director of the World Bank Group in Washington has been named plenipotentiary and extraordinary ambassador to the Abidjan-based Republics of Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
- Simon Geissbühler has been named the State of Israel’s plenipotentiary and extraordinary ambassador, and he is currently the head of the Peace and Human Rights Division( PHRD) at the FDFA State Secretariat in Bern.
- Mirko Giulietti: Currently serving as the FDFA State Secretariat’s Americas Division Head of Mission in Bern, he has been named a permanent representative of Switzerland to the UN Environment Programme in Nairobi as well as an extraordinary ambassador and plenipotentiary for the Republics of Kenya, Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda, and Somalia.
- 5. Ralf Heckner: The Organization of American States( OAS), based in Washington, has appointed the head of mission in New Delhi as its extraordinary ambassador, plenipotentiary, and permanent observer of Switzerland.
- Adrian Junker has been named the Kingdom of Sweden’s extraordinary ambassador and plenipotentiary. He is currently the head of Regional Coordination West, Central, and Southern Europe at the FDFA State Secretariat in Bern.
- Natalie Kohli has been named an extraordinary ambassador and plenipotentiary to the Republics of Cameroon, Central African Republic, and Equatorial Guinea, all of which are based in Yaoundé. She is currently the presidential adviser and international adviser at the Federal Department of Home Affairs( FDHA) General Secretariat in Bern.
- Chantal Moser: Currently serving as the deputy mission head in London, he has been named Malaysia’s plenipotentiary and extraordinary ambassador.
- Nicole Providoli: Currently, the deputy mission head in Paris has been named a permanent representative of Switzerland to the East African Community( EAC) based in Dar es Salaam as well as an extraordinary ambassador and plenipotentiary of the United Republic of Tanzania.
- Maya Tissafi: The Republic of India and the Kingdom of Bhutan, based in New Delhi, have appointed her as extraordinary ambassador and plenipotentiary. She is currently in charge of the FDFA State Secretariat’s MENA Division in Bern.
- Valentin Zellweger, who is currently in charge of the mission in Nairobi, has been named the Kingdom of Morocco’s plenipotentiary and extraordinary ambassador.
Additionally, as part of its diplomatic duties, the Federal Council bestowed ambassadorial titles in a variety of capacities both inside and outside the FDFA. Switzerland’s dedication to upholding diplomatic ties and effective global representation is reflected in these changes.