Born in 1958 in Schattdorf/Canton of Uri, Mr Heinz Walker-Nederkoorn holds a PhD in Economics and Social Sciences from the University of Fribourg. After working at the University of Fribourg as an Assistant at the Chair of Economic Policy, he entered the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in 1990 and undertook his first assignments in Berne, Bucharest and Geneva. In 1992, he was assigned as a Diplomatic Officer in the Political Affairs Division V where he dealt with Economic and Financial Issues.
In 1998, Mr Walker-Nederkoorn was transferred to the Embassy in Berlin as Cultural Counsellor. In 2002, he was assigned as Deputy Chief of the Swiss Embassy in Cairo.
From July 2006, he was Deputy Head of the Political Affairs Division V in Berne, and concurrently of Change of Economic and Financial Issues until December 2007, and from January 2008 of Culture, Education and Science. Mr Walker-Nederkoorn was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Switzerland to the Republic of Indonesia to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on 12 January 2010, to Timor Leste to President Ramos-Horta on 23 February 2010, and to ASEAN to General Secretary Surin Pitsuwan on 10 March 2010.
He is married and father of three daughters.