Tim Guldimann, the former Swiss ambassador to Iran and Afghanistan, will be Bern’s ambassador to Berlin from the beginning of May.
He will take over from Christian Blickenstorfer, who is retiring, the foreign ministry said on Monday.
Born in Zurich in 1950, Guldimann joined the foreign ministry in 1982. His early diplomatic career included postings in Cairo, Geneva and Bern.
From 1996 to 1997 he headed the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Assistance Group in Chechnya, and from 1997 to 1999 was head of the OSCE Mission in Croatia.
From 1999 to 2004 he was Swiss ambassador in Iran and in Afghanistan, based in Tehran.
Guldimann served as head of the Swiss mission in Kosovo from October 2007 to October 2008.
He has been on temporary leave from the Swiss foreign ministry since 2008 but has taught political science in Frankfurt, Bern and at the College of Europe in Bruges and Warsaw.
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