Assistant Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Ambassador Pio Wennubst is a visionary who has worked successfully in promoting sustainable and fair globalisation. An agro-economist specialised in systemic approaches by training, he has long experience in development diplomacy based on extensive field work in areas such as rural development, microfinance, and public health. After working as Managing Director of a Swiss chemical company, he moved to the public sector, joining the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in 1995. From 2008 to 2011, he was the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Swiss mission to the Rome-based UN agencies. He later joined the Swiss permanent mission to the UN in New York as Head of the Economic and Social Development Team. On the strength of many years’ experience in international development diplomacy, in his current position he is successfully mobilising both private companies and individuals to take part in building the ‘new economy’.