Ambassador Ulrich Lehner took up his duties as Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the OECD on 5 September 2014.
Mr. Ulrich Lehner, was born in Sion/VS in 1954 and grew up in Geneva/GE; he attended university inGeneva and holds a degree in economics and a diploma in international security policy.
He joined the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in 1981, completing his initial training in Bern and Lisbon. In 1983, he was appointed Third Secretary in Brasilia, before moving to Oslo in 1985, as the Deputy Chief of Mission. On his return to Bern in 1986, he was appointed Diplomatic Officer in the Political Affairs Secretariat, and in 1990 was put in charge of the Peace Policy Service in the Directorate of Political Affairs. In 1991, he was transferred to Rome as Embassy Counsellor. In 1995, he was appointed as Deputy Chief of Mission in Cairo before taking on the duties of Director and Ambassador of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) in 1998. In 2002 the Federal Council appointed him as Ambassador and Head of the Centre for Analysis and Prospective Studies and the historical service in the State Secretariat in Bern. In February 2004, he was appointed Ambassador and Head of the United Nations and International Organisations Division in the Directorate of Political Affairs in Bern, and subsequently Head of Mission in Paris and in the Principality of Monaco in July 2007.
From September 2011, until his nomination as Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the OECD,
Mr. Lehner served as Head of Mission in Ottawa and the Bahamas.
Ambassador Lehner is married and has two children.