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Academic Background and Career Highlights

Dr. Daniel STAUFFACHER, a former Ambassador of Switzerland, has a Master’s degree in International Economic Affairs from Columbia University, New York and a Ph.D. in law from the University of Zürich. He worked for the district court of Zurich and the Swiss private sector before joining the United Nations.

In 1982 he joined the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in New York and subsequently the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Laos (1984) and China (1987). In Laos he was responsible for UNDP’s rural development and poverty alleviation programmes and in China for managing UNDP’s technical assistance support to the economic and administrative reform program of the Chinese Government.

In 1990 he joined the Swiss Federal Office for Foreign Economic Affairs (Bawi), where he was in charge of Swiss Mixed Credit Financing Programmes for investment projects in India, Pakistan and China.

In 1992 he became a Division Chief of the Federal Office for Foreign Economic Affairs, Division for Financial Cooperation with Central and Eastern European Countries, responsible for financing of investment projects (mainly in the environment and infrastructure sectors), balance of payment support programmes, credit guarantees for private sector financing of investment projects, debt for environment swaps, technical assistance projects and the elaboration of first Swiss law on Economic and Financial Cooperation with Central and Eastern European Countries.

In this position he was also instrumental in organizing on behalf of the Swiss Government, the Luzern Conference “Environment for Europe” 1993, which called for the elaboration of an Environmental Action Plan for Europe. In 1995, he was posted to the Swiss Mission to the European Union in Brussels as the Counsellor for Economic and Financial Affairs, responsible for financial services, internal market, investment policy, Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI), Energy Charter Treaty, EU Enlargement.

In 1999, he became an Ambassador of Switzerland to the United Nations in Geneva and the Special Representative of the Swiss Government for the preparation and organization of the World Summit on Social Development in June 2000 in Geneva.

In 2002 he was a member of the Swiss Delegation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa.

On behalf of the State Secretariat for Foreign Economic Affairs he was the co-convener of the first Global Compact Meeting in Switzerland (2002): The UN Global Compact and Swiss Business: Making Global Responsibility Work for Business and Development, 29 October 2002, Palais des Nations, Geneva.

Daniel Stauffacher was also the Swiss Ambassador and the Special Representative of the Swiss Government for the diplomatic preparation, organization and hosting of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), that was held in Geneva in 2003. He was a Co-Chairman of the Bureau of the WSIS preparatory Committee and Chairman of one of its subcommittee.

He was subsequently Switzerland’s Ambassador to the WSIS in Tunis in 2005 and an advisor to the UN in this regard. During that time he launched the ICT4Peace project (www.ict4peace.org) which resulted in the adoption of paragraph 36 of the WSIS Tunis Commitment. He was a member of the former UN ICT Task Force (www.unicttaskforce.org), the former UN Task Force on Financial Mechanisms for ICT4D, and the Strategy Group on Information Society of the Swiss Government.

In December 2005 he left the Swiss Government after 15 years of Government service. He became President of Wisekey (Switzerland) SA, an internet security company (2006 -2007). With Ambassador Blaise Godet he was co-founder and Executive Coordinator of the GenevaNetwork, Geneva (www.genevanetwork.net). In 2007 he created his own consulting firm: Dr. Daniel Stauffacher + Partner (www.stauffacherconsulting.ch).

Present Positions

He is President of Dr. Daniel Stauffacher + Partner (www.stauffacherconsulting.ch), the Founder of the ICT4Peace project and Co-Founder and Chairman of the ICT4Peace Foundation, (www.ict4peace.org), a Co-Founder and President of the Geneva Security Forum (www.genevasecurityforum.org), a Member of the Board of Directors, World Wide Web Foundation (www.webfoundation.org), a Senior Advisor, Gulf Research Center Foundation, Geneva (www.grc.ae) and a member of the Board of the Earth Council.

Daniel Stauffacher is also a Special Advisor to the UN Undersecretary-General of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN DESA (www.un.org/esa/desa), and a Special Advisor to the UN Assistant Secretary General and Chief InformationTechnology Officer (www.oict-un.org).

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