Opening Session: Pathways into the Future, Triggers of Change

Director-General, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Ambassador

Ambassador Martin Dahinden took over the position of Director-General at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in 2008. Prior to this, Martin Dahinden headed the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs’ (FDFA) Directorate of Corporate Management (from 2004), after having worked as Director of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (from 2000 to 2004).

Martin Dahinden entered the diplomatic service in 1987. During his career, he held assignments in Geneva as member of the Swiss Delegation to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), at the Swiss Embassy in Paris, as Deputy to the Swiss ambassador in Nigeria, and was temporarily posted at the Swiss Mission to the UN in New York. At the Head Office in Bern, he worked at the FDFA’s Service for Disarmament Policy and Nuclear Issues, as Head of the OSCE Service of Political Affairs Division I, and held the post of Deputy Head of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Coordination Unit during the Swiss Chairmanship of the OSCE in 1996. The following year, he was sent abroad as Deputy Head of the Swiss Mission to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels.

Before entering the diplomatic service, he studied Economics (Business Administration) at the University of Zurich. He worked as a post-graduate assistant at the University, and subsequently was employed with a bank and later with a publishing house.

For more information about Martin Dahinden, visit the SDC website.