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Walter Fust

CEO/Director General

Ambassador Walter Fust joined the Forum as its CEO in May 2008 following 15 years as the Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation. Fust is chairman of UNESCO’s International Program for Development and Communication (IPDC) and President of Globalethics.net. He serves as member of the International Forum of Federations (Ottawa), a global network on federalism, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the new library of Alexandria/Egypt. He is also a member of the Board of the International Risk Governance Council/Geneva and serves as a board member on a number of different philantropic foundations.

Fust worked in banking and public administration before entering the Swiss Diplomatic service in 1975 with Geneva as a first assignment, followed by Baghdad and Tokyo. From September 1983 until end of 1984 he served in the European integration office (EFTA/EU). From 1985 and 1986 he was personal advisor to federal councilor Dr Kurt Furgler, Minister of Public Economy and President of the Swiss Confederation (1985). In 1986 he was appointed as managing director of the Swiss office for trade promotion (OSEC), and from 1990 to 1993 he served as Secretary General of the Ministry of Interior with national responsibility for science/research, environment, culture, social affairs, and public health, among other portfolios.

Born in 1945, Fust studied at St. Gallen University, graduating with a master in political science.

Latest News

Reflections on Humanitarian Diplomacy - Challenges and Opportunities
16 October 2008 SELFOSS, Iceland,  29 August 2008 - Global Humanitarian Forum CEO, Ambassador Walter Fust, addressed the 2008 Donor Forum of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on the topic of Humanitarian Diplomacy.

Transforming our Response to Climate Change
17 September 2008 GENEVA, 17 September 2008 - Global Humanitarian Forum CEO Walter Fust issued ten key considerations relating to the human dimensions and impact of climate change.