Global Atlanta Consular Conversations: Luncheon and Interview with Swiss Consul General
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In the tenth event in Global Atlanta’s Consular Conversations Series on July 17th, 2017, the editorial team will be interviewing the Swiss Consul General in Atlanta, Andreas Maager.
Topics of discussion are to include:
- Switzerland’s under-appreciated investment in Georgia
- Mr. Maager’s reflection on his time in Atlanta
- The Swiss view on workforce training initiatives
- Switzerland’s stance on the EU
- Catered light lunch with soft drinks
- One-on-one conversation with the Global Atlanta editorial team, followed by moderated audience Q&A
- Discussion covered by Global Atlanta and published in a later article
Andreas Maager was born in 1959 in St. Gallen, in the eastern part of Switzerland where he completed his studies. He was then working for a couple of years for the Swiss Customs Administration and joined the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs in 1984.
After his training in Dijon/France, he started his career as Consular Officer in The Hague/Netherlands where he served from 1985 to 1987. In 1987 he was transferred to Riyadh/Saudi Arabia and subsequently in 1990 to Annecy/France. From 1994 to 1997 he stayed in Houston/TX at the Swiss Consulate General. Andreas Maager left Houston for Dakar/Senegal where he was appointed Head of Chancery of the Embassy of Switzerland in that city. In 2000, Andreas Maager was appointed Head of Administration at the Swiss Mission to the European Union in Brussels/Belgium. From 2004 to 2009, he served as Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Switzerland in Abu Dhabi/United Arab Emirates, where he was in charge of cultural and consular affairs. In 2009 he was called back to the Head Office in Bern/Switzerland to head for two years the section of Consular Protection. From 2010 onward, Andreas Maager helped to build up the new Consular Directorate at the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs and was in charge of the Centre for Swiss Citizens in Bern/Switzerland.
As Consul General of Switzerland in Atlanta, Andreas Maager has jurisdiction over the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, as well as the Cayman Islands. Besides serving some 14000 Swiss nationals in his jurisdiction, Andreas Maager represents and promotes Switzerland and Swiss interests in the Southeast, with a particular focus on clean technologies, exchanges and collaboration in the fields of science research and education, trade and investments.
Andreas Maager is holding a degree in High International Affairs from the University of Brig, Switzerland. He is in Atlanta with his wife Claudine. Their three grown up children reside in Europe.