Message of the President

Dear Visitors

I would like to welcome you to „SwissDiplomats - ZurichNetwork“. It is one of the younger associations in Switzerland (founded on 2nd July 2011) with the primary objective of promoting the relationship between diplomats who are based in the “greater Zurich area”. However, we aim to go beyond being a social contact platform. Our intention is also to be a potential source of inspiration in Swiss foreign politics as well as in Swiss foreign trade policy.

Our many possible fields of our activities are listed in the annex of our bylaws, which you find on the “structure” section of our website. Our goal is also to facilitate contacts between Swiss diplomats and the “general Swiss voter and tax payer” and to bridge the so called “Röstigraben”: we are proud of our Swiss diversity!

In order to reach these goals, we collaborate with sister organizations in Berne, e.g. the “Association du Corps diplomatique Suisse” (CDS), and in Geneva, the “Club Diplomatique de Genève”. – For practical reasons the language of our modest website is mainly English.

In spite of the geographical reference in the name, the association is neither limited to Zurich nor to Switzerland. Going from “local to global” we have a network with distinguished members all over Switzerland and the small rest of the world. Being an open forum for former, current and future Swiss diplomats, who are spread all over the globe, allows us to offer an ongoing international perspective.

My esteemed colleagues on the Board are: Therese Adam, Vice president; Paul Koller, cashier; Christoph Bubb, actuary (starting 2018), Werner Baumann, assessor, Irene Flückiger Sutter, assessor, and Kurt Höchner, delegate. Furthermore, we are delighted to have former Ambassador Carlo Jagmetti as Honorary President and Cornelio Sommaruga, former Secretary of State and former President of the ICRC, as one of the Honorary Members. For further information please check the description of the executive committee under the heading “structure”.

We welcome both - new “active” and “passive” members: I am inviting you to take a look at our application form and the bylaws under the description of the “structure” column of the website.

Zurich, 1st of December 2017    -    Dr., Dr. h.c. Max Schweizer, President

Vorstand / Revisoren


Max Schweizer, Dr. Phil. II, Dr. h. c., a. Minister  tmb_max-schweizer


Therese Adam, Ing. Agr. ETHZ, a. Botschafterin 

Quästorin (Finanzen)

Irene Flückiger Sutter, a. Generalkonsulin 


Christoph Bubb, Lic. iur., LL.M., RA, a. Botschafter porträt_bubb_klein


Paul Koller, lic. ès lettres, a. Botschafter    paulkoller_klein


Marco Rossi, Dr. sc. techn. ETHZ, a. Botschafter Marco Rossi

Delegierter Bern

Marcel Stutz, M.A. (Reading UK), a. Botschafter 


Carlo Jagmetti, Dr. iur., a. Botschafter 1 tmb_carlo-jagmetti-b


Cornelio Sommaruga, Dr. iur., Dr. h.c. mult., a. Staatssekretär, a. IKRK-Präsident (Genf) 2 tmb_cornelio-sommaruga-b


Franz Blankart, Dr. Phil. I., former Secretary of State, BAWI, EVD (today: "seco")


David Syz, lawyer, former Secretary of State, BAWI/seco, EVD  tmb_david-syz


Michael Ambühl, Prof. Dr. sc. techn. ETH, ehem. Staatssekretär EDA u. EFD michaelambuehl_klein


Christian Blickenstorfer, Dr. Phil. I., a. Botschafter  tmb_christian-blickenstorfer


Bénédict von Tscharner, Dr. oec., a. Botschafter 


Thomas Füglister, lic. iur., a. Botschafter tmb_thomas-fueglister in memoriam


Revisor 1

Martin Romann, lic. iur., Rechtsanwalt  tmb_martin-romann-b.jpg

Revisor 2

Markus Meli, a. Generalkonsul  Foto_MMeli2.jpg


  1. Jagmetti, Carlo S.F.: Alte Schatten – Neue Schatten. Zeitzeuge in der USA 1995-1997. Zürich, Nzz Libro, 2002
  2. Bischoff, Jürg; Sommaruga, Cornelio: Jürg Bischoff im Gespräch mit Cornelio Sommaruga. Diplomatie im Dienst der Menschlichkeit. Zürich, Nzz Libro, 2004