American Swiss Foundation

Leader Spotlight

Ambassador Manuel Sager

Sager020bAmbassador of Switzerland to the United States of America 

What can Americans learn from the Swiss?
A decade ago, the Swiss people decided by an overwhelming majority that our Government must keep its budget balanced over an economic cycle (deficit spending during downturn, saving during boom), which has helped us maintain economic stability in Switzerland even during the financial crisis.

What can the Swiss learn from the Americans?
The notion that failure is a learning experience on the way to ultimate success.

What defines your leadership style?
I trust in my team’s loyalty to our mission, try to inspire and guide their efforts, and appreciate their dedication.

What qualities do you most admire?
Humility and unshakable optimism.

What are your greatest strengths?
I don't hold grudges and, as men go, am a decent listener.

What is your greatest weakness?
Where to begin? (My wife would know.)

Where do you live?
Washington, DC

Where are you from?
Menziken, Aargau, Switzerland.

What is your favorite leisure activity? 
Playing guitar.

What is your goal in life?
 “Life” is a big word. Right now, it is my goal (and honorable duty) to represent Switzerland’s values and interests in the U.S. to the best of my abilities.  



About Ambassador Manuel Sager

Manuel Sager was appointed Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States of America in October 2010 and formally presented his credentials to President Barack Obama on December 7, 2010. From 2008 to 2010, also with the title of ambassador, he headed the Political Affairs Division in the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) responsible for coordinating thematic foreign policy. He began his career with the FDFA in 1988 after graduating with a Ph.D. from the Law School of the University of Zurich and after having earned a Master of Laws and Letters (L.L.M.) degree at Duke University Law School. 

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