Felix Schnyder

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Felix Schnyder
Chairman of UNICEF
In office
Preceded byJohn Ryan
Succeeded by W. A. E. Green
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
In office
Preceded by August R. Lindt
Succeeded by Sadruddin Aga Khan
Personal details
Born(1910-03-05)5 March 1910
Died8 November 1992(1992-11-08) (aged 82)
Nationality Switzerland

Felix Schnyder (5 March 1910 – 8 November 1992) was a Swiss lawyer and diplomat. He served as Chairman of UNICEF in 1960 and as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 1960 to 1965. [1]

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Schnyder studied law and joined the Swiss diplomatic service in 1940. He was posted to Moscow, Berlin and Washington D.C. In 1958 he was appointed the Swiss Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York. He was elected to the UNICEF Executive Board and served as Chairman in 1960. From 1960 to 1965 he was the third United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, in succession to August R. Lindt. [2]

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