Monika Schmutz Kirgöz

Monika is the deputy Ambassador of Switzerland in Israel, where she lives with her husband who is a university professor and with her two sons.

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Monika has studied political science at the University of Lausanne, specialising in development economy at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) and has lived and worked for one year in Malang, Indonesia, before joining the Swiss Diplomatic Service 14 years ago. “Tel Aviv is a great place, the human relationships are informal and enriching as people have a high standard of education and an amazing intellectual curiosity.” Monika likes her life in Israel; she lives in the Arab neighbourhood of Jaffa, next to the beach where she runs every morning. Sometimes after an intense day at the Embassy, she walks along the beach back home for 6 kilometres. “The life in Israel is – if you let aside the conflict – easy going,” says her husband Yildirim, who likes being Turkish, as Turkey is most of the times highly appreciated by Israel. A downside? The eldest son loves Italian football and misses occasionally the mythical football player Totti, as the previous diplomatic destination of the family used to be Rome.

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[W  dialog-institut.ch]

Published in the hard-copy of Work Style Magazine, Winter 2009