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Mrs Carol Mottet


Senior Advisor of the Human Security Division of Political Affairs Directorate of the FDFA

Mrs. Carol Mottet has been working with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs since 2004. Today, she is Senior Advisor with the Human Security Division of Political Affairs Directorate of FDFA; she deals essentially with policies and operations linked to the prevention of violent extremism.

Prior to this, as a Swiss Special Envoy, she supported ECOWAS’ mediation efforts for the resolution of the conflict in Mali (2011-2013); she then was a special advisor on mediation to the UN Special Representative for Mali and head of MINUSMA (2013-2014).

After she developed and directed the West and Central Africa Peace Policy Programme of FDFA Human Security Division (2006-2009), she took up as Senior West Africa Mediation and Peacebuilding Adviser, part of the Swiss Embassy in Dakar, with residence in Bamako (Mali). In this capacity, she conducted a wide range of activities with partners in Mali, Niger and Chad as well as regionally with ECOWAS, contributing directly to peace negotiation and peace building processes in the region.

Before joining the FDFA in 2004, she was a senior officer for international affairs with the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (1998-2004). In this capacity she served in representative functions in multilateral activities and conducted technical cooperation programmes (Balkans, the Mediterranean region and Central Asia). Since 1999, she also co-directed the Montreux process, an international programme initiated by Switzerland on the role of statistics to support democratic dialogue, human rights and human development.

Previously, she worked for five years (1992-1998) as Programme Officer for Europe with the Association for the Prevention of Torture (Switzerland). Her activities centred on international standards and mechanisms for the prevention of ill-treatment, field enquiries on conditions of detention in Eastern and Western Europe, as well as awareness-raising and training activities with governmental and non-governmental partners.

She holds a BA in Political Science and a MA in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva, Switzerland), with a specialisation in public international law (humanitarian law, human rights and development).