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Col (Retd) André Zumstein


Associate Fellow to the Regional Development Programme

Colonel (GS, Retd) André Zumstein received a Master's degree from the University of Bern in Geography and Geology. He worked in the Swiss Armed Forces as an instructor, teaching tactics and leadership up to operational level. In 1996 he graduated from the US Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth (CGSC), Kansas. Then, after having served the Minister of Defence as personal assistant and in reporting matters of the Army, he commanded first a conscript and later an officer’s school.

Besides the professional career in the Armed Forces, he also served as a militia infantry officer, commanding a company, then a battalion. He was assigned several positions in division and corps staff and served as Chief of Staff of a territorial division for two years.

After graduating from the International Training Course in Security Policy (ITC) at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) in 2004, he worked for three years in the Staff of the Chief of the Armed Forces, looking at matters of international relations and managing projects in the framework of Partnership for Peace programmes and Regional Military Cooperation.

From July 2007 to September 2010, he was a GCSP Faculty Member, seconded from the Swiss Government.

Since October 2010 he serves as an Associate Fellow of the GCSP and teaches in the field of anti-corruption.