United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 8 July 2019 the appointment of Mirko Manzoni of Switzerland as his Personal Envoy for Mozambique. In this role, Mr. Manzoni will provide good offices support in facilitating the dialogue between the Government of Mozambique and RENAMO and towards the signing and subsequent implementation of a peace agreement between the parties.
Mr. Manzoni has more than 20 years of experience in the diplomatic and humanitarian fields. Since 2014, he has served as Ambassador of Switzerland to Mozambique, supporting the peace process between the Government of Mozambique and RENAMO in his capacity as Chief Mediator and President of the International Contact Group since 2017.
Mr. Manzoni has a wealth of experience in providing good offices support and in engaging with Governments and international organizations at the highest level, having previously served with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in Mali and Poland. He has also worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Iraq.
He holds a masters degree in architecture from the EPFL Lausanne with an MBA focused on Management and Corporate Finance from HEC Lausanne - School of Business. He is married with two children.
He will assume his assignment upon conclusion of his tenure as Ambassador of Switzerland to Mozambique.