Christian Ducey will be the new director of the Swiss Intelligence Service (SIC). The current 55-year-old ambassador to Iran will take office on April 1, 2022 and replace Jean-Philippe Godin, who left his post on August 31.
The appointment was formally announced today by the government with a statement. In the afternoon, a press conference was also scheduled in Bern to present Dussey, which was later canceled due to a mild flu that, according to reports from Federal Council spokesman Andre Simonazzi, infected Federal Council member Viola Amherd.
Minister Valais himself had set up a committee to select the new head of the SIC, composed of Tony Eder (General Secretary of the Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport, DDPS), Marc Signtaler (Deputy Secretary General of the National Security Council). DDPS), Vaux State Council Beatrice Mitro, Berne State Councilor Philip Müller, Sangalis State Councilor, as well as President of the Conference of Directors and Directors of Cantonal Justice and Police Departments (CDDGP), Freddy Fassler.
From the selection procedure, we read in the note, it turns out that the Dussey profile is the one that best matches the requirements. With his further training and training, proven performance and many years of experience in administration and diplomatic services, the 55-year-old meets the criteria for the position of director of SIC, according to the Federal Council. In particular, he has experience in operational and strategic behaviour, is well versed in political processes and is a senior specialist in the national and international intelligence context.
Studies in Freiburg and the United States
Dossey studied economics and social sciences at the University of Freiburg, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in 1990. He then enrolled in international relations at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, a private university based in Washington, D.C., and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Boston University, where in 2003 he received a master’s degree .
On a professional level, after five years in the Strategic Information Service at the DDPS, he transferred to the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in 1996, completing his training in Prague, the Czech capital. In 1997 he returned to the administration headquarters as an assistant to the second political division in the political directorate. In 1999 he was then a diplomatic assistant to then-President Ruth Dreyfus.
In Iran since December
In 2000 he was transferred to Moscow as an advisor to the diplomatic mission, and returned to Bern in 2004 as head of the International Security Department of the Political Directorate. Since January 2008, he has held the position of Deputy Head of the Sixth Political Department (Switzerland Abroad) and since January 2010, with the title of Ambassador, he has headed the Crisis Management Center in the Political Directorate. In the 2012-2013 academic year he also attended Harvard University.
Dossi was then appointed Director of the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP) with the title of Ambassador as of August 1, 2013, and by a decision of December 11, 2020, he was appointed by the Federal Council as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Islamic Republic. Iran, in Tehran. In addition to his diplomatic work, he was also a general staff officer in the army.
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