André Schaller was born in Kempten/Germany in 1958. His place of origin is Altbüron/LU.
He holds a Licentiate in Economics (lic.oec. HSG) and a Doctorate in International relations (Dr.rer.publ. HSG) from St. Gallen University. His Ph.D. thesis focused on Swiss neutrality during the cold war (“Schweizer Neutralität im Ost-West-Handel – Das Hotz-Linder-Agreement vom 23. Juli 1951”).
After graduating he worked for a Swiss bank for several years, including three years in London. In 1990 he joined the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and did internships in Berne and Ankara. Two years later, he was appointed Deputy Head of Mission in the Swiss Embassy in Lagos. In 1995 he started work as Head of Personnel and Organizational Development at Headquarters in Berne. In 1997 he was appointed Head of Personal Staff of the Task Force "Switzerland – Second World War". In 1999 he moved to the Swiss Consulate General in New York to take up the post of Deputy Consul General. From 2002 to 2006 he headed the Economic Division at our Embassy in Berlin. From 2006 to 2010 he was Deputy Head of Political Affairs Division I and held the title of Minister. In addition, he was Head of the Regional Coordination of Neighbouring States Section. From 2010 until 2014 he was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in Bosnia and Herzegovina. From 2014 till 2018 he worked as Consul General of Switzerland in New York with the title of Ambassador. In 2018 the Swiss Federal Council designated André Schaller as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He presented his credentials to King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, on 25th November 2018.
André Schaller is married to Brigitte Schaller-Schoepf and father of a son.
Among other memberships, he is alumni Young Leader of the American Swiss Foundation (Class of ’97).
His hobbies include skiing, hunting and sailing.