Flavien Schaller was appointed Chief Observer on 1 May 2016.
Prior to his appointment as Chief Observer of the OSCE Observer Mission, Schaller held a number of positions as a career officer in the Swiss Army.
He has a varied experience, with posts as Commander of a Command and Support battalion, as Chief of staff of the 2nd Infantry Brigade and as a member of the operational training staff.
Schaller is a Swiss national and holds the rank of Colonel of the General Staff in the Swiss Army. He holds a Diploma in military sciences from the General Staff Academy of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and attended the French “Institut des hautes études de défense nationale (IHEDN)”. Born in Martigny, his native language is French. He also speaks German, Italian, Russian and English.