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Mr Alain Guidetti


Senior Diplomatic Advisor, Regional Development Programme

Alain Guidetti, a former Ambassador and Swiss career diplomat for more than twenty years, is currently Senior Diplomatic Advisor at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP).

Before starting at the GCSP in May 2011, Alain Guidetti had been working for the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) since 1989. His first assignments were in South Africa and then, in 1991, to the Swiss Mission to the International Organizations in Geneva, in charge of political, human rights and humanitarian affairs. In 1996, he was appointed as Deputy Head of Mission to the Swiss Representation to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

In 2000, he received an assignment in Bern at the Political Directorate, Division for Human Security, in charge of humanitarian and migration affairs. Then, in 2002, he was appointed as Minister and Deputy Head of Mission to the Swiss Embassy in Beijing, in charge of political affairs for China, North Korea and Mongolia.

In 2006, he was tasked to open the Swiss Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan, and became in 2007 the first Swiss Ambassador in situ to Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, with a particular focus on regional security, energy and development.

Alain Guidetti was born in Geneva, where he completed his studies at the University of Geneva (Diploma in History). After his studies, he became a journalist and editor at the then Journal de Genève, before joining the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.