Ambassador Giancarlo Kessler took up his duties as Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the OECD on 7 February 2019.
Mr. Kessler was born in 1959 in Sorengo/Ticino, Switzerland. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Zurich.
In 1991, Mr. Kessler began his career at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). He spent his traineeship in Bern and Madrid. From 1993 until 1997 he worked as diplomatic staff at the Finance and Economic Service in Bern.
In 1997, he was assigned to Paris as First Secretary of the Delegation of Switzerland to the OECD. From 2000 until 2004 he worked as Economic Counsellor at the Swiss Embassy in Rome.
In 2004, Mr. Kessler was appointed Deputy Head of the International Division of the Federal Office of Public Health in Bern.
From August 2007 until August 2010, he served as Deputy Head of Mission at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations and International Organizations in Vienna.
From 2010 until 2014, he was Ambassador and Head of the Sectoral Foreign Policies Division at the FDFA’s Directorate of Political Affairs in Bern.
Prior to taking up his duties as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the OECD in 2019, Mr. Kessler was the Head of Mission in Rome.