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Barbara Schedler Fischer

Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Deputy Head of the Human Security Division
Barbara Schedler Fischer took up her position as Deputy Head of the Human Security Division (in the rank of a Minister) at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in July 2018. She is responsible for human rights policy, humanitarian policy, foreign policy on migration and the deployment of Swiss civilian experts. Before her current position, Barbara has been serving as Chief of Staff in the same division. From 2012-2016 she was Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Switzerland in Canada. At headquarters, she acted as Deputy Head of Human Resources for the Directorate of Political Affairs from 2008-2012, following postings as a diplomat in Vienna and in Beirut. Preceding her diplomatic career, Barbara worked several years for a Swiss bank and for the Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. She studied English Literature and Linguistics as well as History and Communication at the Universities of Zurich and Aberdeen (Scotland) and has an MA from the University of Zurich.