Mediation Advisor, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Matthias Siegfried is heading the Mediation Program of swisspeace. He graduated from the University of Fribourg and holds two Master degrees (Master in Social Sciences; Executive Master in Business Administration for non-profit management).
After having worked in the humanitarian field (Caucasus, Central Asia) he joined the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in 2003 as their Regional Peacebuilding Advisor for South-Eastern Europe. Based at the Swiss Embassy in Macedonia, one of the key tasks during his assignment in the Balkans was the management of the political mediation and facilitation initiatives of Switzerland in the Balkans.
From 2005 to 2009, Mr Siegfried was leading the "Mediation Support Project" at swisspeace with the mandate to build up the mediation capacities of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. In this function he was also the Co-director of the annual "Swiss Peacebuilding Training Course" and the "Peace Mediation Course".
From August 2009 until July 2010 he was working for the Mediation Support Unit (MSU) of the United Nations (Department of Political Affairs) in New York as a Political Affairs Officer. He was heading MSU's Asia team and was in charge for developing and implementing mediation support activities in this region. In addition, he was in charge of the development and management of a Mediation Expert Roster. Currently, he is also serving as the Mediation Advisor to a Personal Envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations in ongoing peace negotiations.