Alexander Hug, Head of the Iraq Program

Alexander Hug, a Swiss national, is an expert on conflict resolution and security issues. He joined ICMP as Head of Mission (ad int.) of the Iraq Program in September 2020. Until the end of 2018, Hug was the Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)’s Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, a role he held since the inception of the Mission in early 2014.

Before this appointment, Hug was a Section Head and a Senior Adviser to the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities in The Hague. A trained lawyer, Hug also has served as an Officer in the Swiss Army, including as regional commander of the Swiss Headquarters Support Unit for the OSCE in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina.

He has also worked for the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, the Temporary International Presence in the southern West Bank city of Hebron (TIPH), and the EU Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX). He holds a Master I degree in Law (LL.M) from University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and a Master II degree in Law (LL.M – Criminal Law and Human Rights) from King’s College in Aberdeen (United Kingdom).

Hug speaks English, German and French fluently. He was awarded the Ordre national du Mérite by the French President in 2018 and the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by the German President in 2020.