Special Ambassador for International Cooperation in Migration
Eduard Gnesa is Special Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation for International Cooperation in Migration.
In 2009 Eduard Gnesa, LL.D., was appointed Special Ambassador of International Cooperation in Migration by the Swiss Federal Council. In this capacity he intensifies and optimizes the foreign policy of Switzerland in the area of migration and development and supports the work of the Swiss interdepartmental working group on migration. He served as chair for the Global Forum on Migration and Development in 2011 and for the Intergovernmental Consultations on Migration, Asylum and Refugees in 2008.
From 2001 to 2004 Mr Gnesa was the director of the Federal Office of Immigration, Integration and Emigration. In 2005 he became the director of the newly created Federal Office for Migration, which belongs to the Federal Department of Justice and Police.
Mr Gnesa has been working in various positions for the Swiss government since 1980, only intermitted by a five year teaching and research assignment at the University of Bern. He studied law at the University of Fribourg.