Chairman of the Board
Jörg Frieden was employed at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) from 1986 to 2018. He worked as a coordinator in Mozambique, advisor for the World Bank in Washington, and Head of the Eastern and Southern Africa Section in Bern. Between 1999 and 2003, his professional career took a sidestep to the Federal Office for Refugees where he held the position of Deputy Director. In 2003, he returned to the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) where he took up the position of Resident Director of Development Programmes in Nepal. From 2008 to 2010, he took up the position of Deputy Director of the SDC and headed the Global Cooperation Department. He was also an advisor to and representative of Federal Councillor Calmy-Rey in the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. From 2011 to 2016, Frieden was Executive Director of Switzerland at the World Bank Group, specifically at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) whose operations reflect those of SIFEM, and then Swiss Ambassador to Nepal until 2018.
Jörg Frieden studied economics at the University of Freiburg and graduated with a doctorate.