Expert Profile

Ms Alexandra Matas
Position(s) Senior Advisor and Deputy Head, Diplomatic Dialogue

Ms Matas is the Senior Advisor and the Deputy Head of the Diplomatic Dialogue at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. 

Aimed at promoting inclusive dialogue on current geopolitical issues, and as a support to peace processes, the activities of the Diplomatic Dialogue bring together non-like-minded participants for discussion by providing a safe platform for discussion.

Ms Matas designs and oversees a number of dialogue processes in Geneva and internationally focused on relations between Russia and the West, European Security, the OSCE conflict prevention mechanisms, post-war reconstruction in Syria, as well as others. She is also the representative for the GCSP at the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions. 

Her research interests include European Security,the OSCE, and the relationships between Russia and other post-Soviet states. Through her expertise she is a regular contributor to international conferences and workshops, while also teaching various modules at the GCSP in courses such as the European Security Course (ESC), the Leadership in International Security Course (LISC), the Swiss Military Professional Officers Training (SPOT), as well as others.

During her time as head of the Effective Governance  cluster at the GCSP, Ms Matas directed executive education programmes in both English and French for State officials from different countries including Myanmar, Tunisia, Iraq, Cameroon and others.

Ms Matas joined the GCSP in January 2011 and coordinated activities for the Programmes on Security and Law, and WMD & Disarmament, respectively.

Prior to joining the GCSP, Ms Matas worked at the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) on Foreign Direct Investments promotion. She also has experience working in the private sector for Crédit Suisse in their Trade Finance department.

Ms Matas holds a Master in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva. She also holds a Public Relations degree from the Russian State University of Physical Education, Sports and Tourism. She speaks Russian, English, French and intermediate German.