Ambassador Peter Burkhard assumed the position of Head of the OSCE Mission to Serbia in December 2012. He is a Swiss career diplomat with in-depth knowledge of the OSCE, having served as Head of the OSCE Office in Baku, Azerbaijan (2002-2004), and as OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine (1999-2002). From 2004 to 2008, he was Ambassador of Switzerland to Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan with residence in Tashkent. Previously, he had assignments in Bonn (1989-1993) and Moscow (1993-1995).
Ambassador Burkhard was also part of the task force that managed and supported Switzerland’s 1996 OSCE Chairmanship-in-Office. He then directed the work of a governmental task force dealing with a range of issues related to Switzerland’s role during World War II.
Ambassador Burkhard came to Belgrade from Cuba, where he served as Ambassador of Switzerland from 2009 until December 2012.
He speaks all six OSCE official languages: English, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. He was educated in science, including physical chemistry, as well as modern languages and Russian studies.
2009-2012: Dimitrios Kypreos (Greece)
2006-2009: Hans Ola Urstad (Norway)
2003-2006: Maurizio Massari (Italy)
2001-2002: Stefano Sannino (Italy)