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Amb. Fred Tanner
Position(s) Senior Advisor to the OSCE Secretary; Former Director, GCSP
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Fred Tanner is currently Senior Adviser to the Crisis Management Centre of the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bern, Switzerland. From September 2013 to December 2016 he was Senior Adviser to the OSCE Secretary General in Vienna and OSCE Project Leader of the ‘’Panel of Eminent Persons for European Security as a Common Project’’. Throughout this period, he also served on the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.

He previously served as Director of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) for seven years and was Deputy Director and Head of Academic Affairs at GCSP prior to assuming the directorship. He spent four years in Malta as Director and Resident Professor at the

Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies. From 2006-2016 the Swiss Federal Government granted Fred Tanner twice with the title of Ambassador for his various responsibilities. Among other duties, Fred Tanner was a member of the High-level Panel on Early Warning and Rapid Reaction of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), he served on the Foundation Council of the Gulf Research Center (GRC) in Dubai and was a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the NATO Defense College (NDC) from 2010-2013.

Fred Tanner holds a PhD and a Master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a Bachelor’s degree from the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies at the University of Geneva.