Federal Council appoints Liliana de Sá Kirchknopf as Switzerland’s Executive Director at the EBRD

Bern, 15.05.2024 - On 15 May, the Federal Council appointed Liliana de Sá Kirchknopf, currently head of Private Sector Development in the Economic Cooperation and Development Division at the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO, as Switzerland’s Executive Director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London. At the same time, the Federal Council has conferred on her the title of Ambassador. Liliana de Sá Kirchknopf will take up her post on 1 September, succeeding Rosmarie Schlup, who has been Executive Director since September 2022.

The 52-year-old graduated from the University of Bern in 1996 with a degree in economics (lic.rer.pol.). In October 1996, she joined SECO as a desk officer in the Investment Promotion Section (now Private Sector Development). In 2001, she moved to the World Bank in Washington, initially as Advisor and later as Senior Advisor to the Swiss Executive Director. In February 2005, she took over the position of Private Sector Development Specialist in the SME Department of the World Bank Group and continued to work as an advisor at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in 2006. In November 2007, Liliana de Sá Kirchknopf took over the development and management of the Enlargement Contribution Office in Budapest after working in the Enlargement Contribution/Cohesion Division. She has been head of Private Sector Development in the Economic Cooperation and Development Division since November 2013.

Switzerland has been a member of the EBRD since 1991. The EBRD supports countries in the southern and eastern Mediterranean to Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia in their democratisation and transition to a market economy. The Board of Directors, consisting of 23 directors, determines the operational, financial and administrative policy of the EBRD. On the Board of Directors, Switzerland represents its interests as well as those of its constituency, which includes the Principality of Liechtenstein, Ukraine, Serbia, Uzbekistan, Montenegro and Turkmenistan.

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