Professor Dr. Athar Sultan-Khan, Honorary Dean of the Geneva School of Diplomacy 2017
The hon. Dean of the Geneva School of Diplomacy, 2017, is Professor Dr. Athar Sultan-Khan.
Dr. Sultan-Khan is currently the Special Advisor on Diplomatic Matters to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Prior to that, he served as Chef de Cabinet to three consecutive High Commissioners at UNHCR and held a succession of positions in UNHCR in the field and at Headquarters. His progressive experience with UNHCR provided him with an authoritative knowledge of diplomatic protocol, keen political awareness and skillful use of multilateral diplomacy in politically complex and sensitive situations of forcibly displaced people. Dr. Sultan-Khan’s renowned contribution to humanity is based on his unique mastery of refugee issues garnered over the last three and a half decades.
Professor Sultan-Khan’s term of office as GSD Honorary Dean commenced on 1 January 2017 and will finish on 31 December 2017.
A Pakistani national of dual Swiss citizenship, Dr. Sultan-Khan was born in Brussels and studied in Geneva and New York. He joined the United Nations right after his graduation with a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University. He and his wife Cornelia have one son.
Mr. Athar Sultan-Khan