Swiss New Ambassadors to Africa

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The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in its release announced personnel changes for several Swiss representations abroad and at its head office in Bern for 2020/2021.

The appointment of heads of mission abroad becomes effective following approval by the respective host state. The appointment affected six Ambassadors to Africa. They are:

Martin Strub, currently head of mission in Montevideo, will become the new ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Republic of Cameroon, the Central African Republic and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, based in Yaoundé.

Josef Philipp Renggli, currently deputy state secretary a.i. for Europe at the FDFA's State Secretariat in Bern, will become the new ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Republic of Tunisia, based in Tunis.

Andrea Semadeni, currently head of mission in Brasilia, will become the new ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Republic of Senegal, the Republic of Cape Verde, the Republic of The Gambia, the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, the Republic of Mali and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, based in Dakar.

Tamara Mona will become the new ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Republic of South Sudan. Since January 2021 she has been head of mission of the Swiss embassy in Addis Ababa in a job-sharing arrangement.

Pietro Mona will become the new ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Republic of Djibouti and the permanent representative to the African Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Since January 2021 he has been head of mission of the Swiss embassy in Addis Ababa in a job-sharing arrangement.

Christian Winter will become the new ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Republic of the Sudan and the State of Eritrea. He took up his post as head of mission in Khartoum in December 2020.