THOMAS KOLLY - NEW AMBASSADOR OF SWITZERLAND - COMMITTED TO STRENGTHENING FRIENDLY RELATIONS

Founder Editor Tazeen Akhtar..

Islamabad(Special Report)Ambassador-designate Thomas Kolly presented his diplomatic credentials to Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain at a ceremony held at Aiwan-e-Sadr (President House). While presenting his credentials, Mr. Kolly conveyed that his country’s leadership was committed to strengthening friendly relations between Switzerland and Pakistan.

Mr. Kolly arrived in Islamabad on 13 September 2017 after his predecessor Marc P. George completed his two-year tenure as ambassador in Pakistan.

Thomas Kolly’s career as a Foreign Service officer spans 29 years of bilateral and multilateral experience. Before being nominated Switzerland’s Ambassador to Afghanistan and Pakistan, he was Ambassador of Switzerland to Spain and Andorra from 2013 to 2017. Prior to that, he served as the Swiss Ambassador to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador from 2010 to 2013 with residence in Guatemala.

Thomas Kolly joined the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1988 and served in various positions before being appointed Ambassador in 2005 to lead the International Affairs Department in the Federal Office for the Environment (Federal Ministry of the Environment, Transportation, Energy and Communications). In this capacity he headed the Swiss Delegation in the international negotiations on climate change. In 2009 he got the UN mandate to co-chair the negotiations on adaptation to climate change.

Mr Kolly has also served as Head of Division in the Directorate of European Affairs in the Foreign Ministry. His other overseas assignments include the Swiss Embassy in Netherlands as deputy head of mission and the Swiss Embassy in Washington D.C.

He has a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), a Master’s degree in Advanced European Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium) and was admitted to the bar association of Switzerland as Attorney-at-Law. 01 Nov 2017