Walter Fust, director-general of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), has been appointed CEO of the Geneva-based Global Humanitarian Forum.
The 63-year-old ambassador, who steps down from the SDC at the end of April, will take up his position in May and will be in charge of implementing the strategy set by the foundation's board.
Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General and president of the forum, said the forum, which was founded in June based on an initiative put forward by the Swiss foreign ministry, would have a different philosophy from other similar organisations.
He explained that the Global Humanitarian Forum, which officially opened for business on October 17, aims to boost dialogue between all parties involved in humanitarian aid, acting as a catalyst, and build bridges between areas that otherwise had little contact.
Fust became head of the SDC in 1993 and is also chairman of the board of the "Global Knowledge Partnership", a network dealing with knowledge, information and communication technologies for development cooperation.
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