Born in 1952, graduated from the law faculty of the University of Zürich in 1976 and obtained an LL.M degree at the London School of Economics in 1978. After court practice at a district court in Zürich and being Assistant at the International Public Law Department of Zürich University, he passed the bar examination in 1981.
In 1982 he entered the diplomatic service of Switzerland and was subsequently posted in Rome, Berne, Baghdad, Berlin, Bonn and Washington, before returning to Berne in 1999, where he was appointed Deputy Head of the Political Division 1 (Europe, North America).
In 2001 he was appointed Head of the International Law, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Division in the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.
In 2003 he was appointed Deputy Director for International Public Law and in 2007 Consul General of Switzerland in New York. From 2010 to 2014 he served as Ambassador of Switzerland to Pakistan and Afghanistan with residence in Islamabad.
Since October 2014 he serves as Switzerland’s Ambassador to Austria.