Former Director General
(April 2007 - November 2011)
Andreas Schild joined ICIMOD as Director General with effect from 1 April 2007. He has a PhD in History and Sociology from the University of Berne in Switzerland. He has been involved in rural development, designing, planning, executing cooperation programmes and promoting strategies in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. He is familiar with the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region through various long-term assignments (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal) and multiple missions to all regional countries. He has held management responsibility as Country Director of Swiss Development Cooperation in Nepal and Rwanda/Burundi; Executive Director of Intercooperation, a major Swiss NGO; and Chief Technical Advisor in North Korea for the UNDP financed aid coordination programme. Prior to joining ICIMOD, he was Team Leader of the Oversight Consultant and responsible for building up and implementing the National Solidarity Program (NSP) in Afghanistan on behalf of the Ministry for Rural Development and Rehabilitation.
Dr Schild was awarded the Sir Edmund Hillary Himalayan Environment Award by Honble Dr Karan Singh, MP of the Government of India, IMF, on 14 October 2008 for his outstanding contributions, successful leadership and strong commitment towards sustainable development over the last 30 years. He was honoured by the King Albert I Memorial Foundation with the King Albert Medal of Merit in August 2010 for his exceptional and lasting achievements in the Mountain World.