Ambassador-at-Large for International Counter-Terrorism, Federal Department for Foreign Affairs, Switzerland
Ambassador Stephan Husy took office as the Swiss Coordinator for international counter-terrorism in March 2014. He has the primary responsibility for developing and implementing Switzerland’s counterterrorism foreign policy. His responsibilities include coordinating the Swiss Government’s endeavors to foster counter-terrorism cooperation with foreign governments, international organizations and the private sector. Ambassador Husy also chairs the Inter-ministerial Group on Counter-Terrorism within the Swiss Administration.
On graduating from the University of Basel’s Faculty of Law (Dr.iur.), Stephan Husy practiced law for a number of years before beginning his career as a diplomat with the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1987. During his early years with the Ministry he was in charge of several portfolios, including international organizations, the preparation of the Rio Conference on sustainable development, trans-border cooperation and international environmental law.
In 1995 Stephan Husy moved to the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation to lead efforts on cooperation with central European and CIS countries. From 2000 he was first in charge of the Swiss human rights policy, and then led the Swiss expert pool on civilian peace-building and the section for peace policy within the Political Directorate. He was responsible for civilian conflict transformation activities in different parts of the world as well as for the human security policy in multilateral fora.
In February 2007, the Swiss Government appointed Stephan Husy with the title of Ambassador, and he was seconded to the 30th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent as Commissioner. In addition, he assumed the role of Secretary General during the conference which took place in Geneva in November 2007.
From 2008 to 2013, Stephan Husy served as the Director of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD). Under his leadership, this international expert organization has positioned itself well to address a broad range of topics which are not only related to mines, but to all kind of explosive remnants of war and ammunition safety management. The Centre has built a reputation for its work on how mine action promotes humanitarian action, peace-building, human security and development.