Assistant Director General, Head of the Global Cooperation Department
Ambassador Pio Wennubst (born in 1961 in Lugano), an agro-economist specialised in systemic approaches by training, has long experience in development diplomacy based on extensive field work in areas such as rural development, microfinance and public health.
After a period as managing director of a Swiss chemical company, he moved to the public sector as an academic researcher. In 1992, he began working in the field of development cooperation for the UN in Nepal. He joined the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in 1995 and was initially posted to Bolivia and subsequently to Madagascar where he was tasked with reorganising Swiss development cooperation activities. After a period as an economist at the SDC’s head office in Bern, in 2004 Pio Wennubst was appointed SDC country director in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
From 2008 to 2011, he was the deputy permanent representative of the Swiss mission to the Rome-based UN agencies. From 2010, he was also in charge of the SDC’s Global Programme Food Security. He later joined the Swiss permanent mission to the UN in New York as head of the economic and social development team. He currently manages the Global Cooperation Department as assistant director general of the SDC.