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Michael Ambühl

Advisory Council

Michael Ambühl is Chair of Negotiation and Conflict Management at ETH Zurich Director of the Swiss School of Public Governance.

Previously, Michael Ambühl spent over thirty years as a Swiss diplomat where he served as State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and State Secretary in the Finance Ministry. Throughout his career, he was a member of the “Swiss-EU Bilateral I”- negotiation team, he led the negotiations of the “Swiss-EU Bilateral II”- agreements (including Schengen), he was facilitator of the Geneva Iran-P5+1 talks, and in the Armenia-Turkey Protocols, signed in Zurich in 2009. He also negotiated the Swiss-US UBS-deal, the Tax treaty Switzerland-UK & Austria, the Swiss-US FATCA Agreement and the Swiss-US Tax deal.

Michael Ambühl’s teaching and research at ETH Zurich focuses on the theoretical background of negotiation engineering, different technical and applied negotiation schools of thought, mediation and conflict management, with the practical appreciation of negotiation based on his mathematical background and experience as a Swiss diplomat and negotiator.