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Lieutenant General (RETD) Christophe Keckeis


Former Head of the Swiss Armed Forces

Lieutenant General (Retd) Christophe Keckeis is the former Head of the Swiss Armed Forces. He started his military career as a Pilot in the Surveillance Wing in 1966 and soon became the Head of the Air Combat Training of the Swiss Air Force and later Chief Operations of the Airforce. He held different other functions which led him to the position of Chief of Staff of the Commander of the Swiss Air Force. Whilst pursuing his military career, he studied Political Science at the University of Lausanne.

In 2003, Lieutenant General (Retd) Keckeis was promoted to Chief of the Swiss Armed Forces, a post which he occupied until 2007. During his career, he participated in and commanded several missions abroad, one of them being Operation ALBA in Albania. Moreover, he worked in France, Georgia, Great Britain, Italy, Sweden, UAE and USA. From 2008 until 2015, he was the President of the Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) in Geneva. At the same time, he was member of the International Advisory Board of the Center for Security, Economics and Technology of the University of St. Gallen for three years, while also being President of the Espace Passion at the Musée Clin d’Ailes.

In 2009, he also was an expert for the Independent Fact Finding Commission on the Conflict in Georgia (IIFFMCG). In one of his most recent postings, he operated as Chief Security Officer of Planet Solar, a Swiss company founded in 2008 with the aim to dispense the use of fossil fuels. Lieutenant General (Retd) Keckeis received decorations as Commandeur de la Légion d'Honneur from France as well as the Austrian Grosses Silbernes Ehrenzeichen mit dem Stern. Until 2012, he was a Flight Instructor with over 5380 hours of flight time. He is married and has three children.