Ambassador Markus Mueller was appointed as the Head of the OSCE Office in Tajikistan on 16 July 2013.
Ambassador Mueller was born in Switzerland on 23 July 1950. Soon after earning a Ph.D. degree in Economics from the University of Fribourg in 1980, he worked as an economist in the Swiss Reinsurance Company, became in1983 a delegate to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). He spent time in Angola, and in Ethiopia and Eritrea, where he contributed to the development and implementation of one of the ICRC's largest food assistance operations.
From 1986 to 2003, he has been the Programme Co-ordinator and Country Manager for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). This position led him to work in the Middle East, Central America, Bangladesh, Mali, Central Asia and Afghanistan.
Appointed as Head of the OSCE Centre in Bishkek from 2003 to 2008, Ambassador Mueller brought to this post vast experience from his previous work in Central Asia. His qualifications include work in humanitarian assistance, promotion of small and medium enterprises, vocational training, reform programmes in transition economies, conflict prevention, policy development and programme management.
Ambassador Mueller served as Head of a Competence Center for strategic and programmatic evaluation within the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2009 to 2010.
In 2010-2012 as Head of the Community Security Initiative programme launched by the OSCE in the context of interethnic conflict of June 2010 in the South of Kyrgyzstan, he was in charge of human rights, democratic policing (community policing) and interethnic conflict management issues.