Nikolas Stürchler Gonzenbach and Barbara Gonzenbach

Nikolas Stürchler Gonzenbach and Barbara Gonzenbach have been Deputy Heads of Mission at the Embassy of Switzerland in Singapore since 2018. Between 2010 and 2014 they shared the role of head of the legal team at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN in New York. They met while they were both doing their diplomatic training in Switzerland and married two years later. They have two children, Leonie, 10, and Julian, 12.

Prior to their Singapore posting, Nikolas Stürchler Gonzenbach was head of the humanitarian law and international criminal justice team at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. He holds a Doctorate and is the author of “The Threat of Force in International Law” (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

Barbara Gonzenbach has served as the head of the South Asia team at the FDFA’s headquarters in Bern, and as head of the human resources team for transferable personnel. She holds Master’s degrees in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and in gender and international relations from Bristol University.