Ambassador Didier Chambovey
Didier Chambovey was born in 1961 in Sion, Switzerland, where he attended high school. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Lausanne (HEC). In 1987, he joined the Swiss Administration where he specialised in international economic relations. From 1987 to 1990, he worked for the Federal Office for Foreign Economic Affairs as a Member of Switzerland’s delegation to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) Uruguay Round negotiations. From 1990 to 1993 he dealt with Economic Support to Central and Eastern European Countries in the same office. In 1993, he was appointed Head of Section at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Division. From 1998 to 2006, he served as Deputy Permanent Representative to the (WTO) for Switzerland in Geneva. Mr Chambovey was Deputy Secretary-General of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) from 2006 to 2011. He was appointed on 1 September 2011 as Ambassador and Delegate of the Federal Council for Trade Agreements, Head of the World Trade Division at the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Bern.
Mr Chambovey has also served on WTO dispute settlement panels and chaired GATT and WTO Committees. As teaching assistant and lecturer, he taught at the universities of Lausanne and Neuchâtel. He is the author of various articles and papers on international trade and demography.