As of the 11th of July 2017, Mr. Paul Garnier has assumed his duties as Ambassador of Switzerland to Egypt.
Mr. Garnier joined the Swiss diplomatic service in 1996 and had his first assignment at the Swiss Embassy in Brussels. Between 1997 and 2001, he served as Officer and then Deputy Head of the Euro-Atlantic Security Section of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAE) in Berne. From 2001 to 2004, Paul Garnier was the Deputy Head of the Swiss Embassy in Guatemala covering also El Salvador and Honduras.
In 2004, he was transferred to the Swiss Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, where he acted as Diplomatic Counselor in charge of Environmental and Governance issues. From December 2008 till June 2013, he was the Deputy Head of the Swiss Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). He was then transferred to Ramallah and served as the Head of the Representative office of Switzerland to the Palestinian Authority until the beginning of July 2017.
Before he started his career as a diplomat, Mr. Paul Garnier worked as research assistant in the Institute of European studies in Geneva, in the financial sector and as a Delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Sri Lanka and Peru.
Ambassador Paul Garnier earned his M.A. degree in International Relations at the Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. During his spare time he likes outdoors. He is married to Shirley de Leon-Garnier. They have 2 children.