China Advisory Panel

Former Ambassador of Switzerland to the People’s Republic of China, Mongolia and to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Lugano, Switzerland

Born in 1957 in Lugano, Mr. Bernardino Regazzoni holds a doctorate in Philosophy.

He entered the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in 1988 and went through his probation at the Office for European Affairs in Berne and at the Embassy of Switzerland in Abidjan. In 1990, he was posted as Deputy Chief of Mission in Kinshasa. On his return to Berne in 1993, he was appointed as Head of the Francophonie Desk, and in 1996 as Deputy Head of the Political Affairs Division I (Europe, North America) holding the title of Minister from 1999. From the same year to September 2002 he was Counsellor for diplomatic affairs to the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs. From September 2002 until July 2006 he was Ambassador of Switzerland to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and to the Republic of Maldives, with residence in Colombo. From July 2006 to the end of 2009 he has been Ambassador of Switzerland to the Republic
of Indonesia and to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, with residence in Jakarta. In July 2009 he was concurrently accredited as Ambassador of Switzerland to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). From December 2009 until May 2014 he has been Ambassador of Switzerland to Italy,
concurrently accredited to Malta and to the Republic of San Marino. From May 2014 to August 2018 he has been Ambassador of Switzerland to France,
concurrently accredited in the Principality of Monaco. From March 2019 to August 2022 he has been Ambassador of Switzerland to the People’s Republic of China, Mongolia and to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Ambassador Regazzoni is married and has 2 children.

Art Collector, Business Leader, Former Swiss Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, North Korea and Mongolia, Mauensee, Switzerland

Uli Sigg, born 1946, grew up in Switzerland. He completed his studies with a Ph.D. of the University of Zurich Law Faculty. He then worked as journalist and editor for various Swiss newspapers and magazines. From 1977 to 1990 he joined the Schindler Group where he held positions as Area Manager for Asia Pacific and later Member of the Group Executive Committee and Shareholders Board. He established in 1980 the first Joint Venture between China and the West and remained its Vice Chairman for ten years. He then served on the boards of a number of global companies till 1995 the Swiss federal government appointed him for four years ambassador to China, North Korea and Mongolia. Upon his return to Switzerland he again assumed the chairmanship or board membership of several multinational companies. Presently he also serves as Vice-President of the Ringier Media Group and as member of the Advisory Board of China Development Bank and other Chinese entities. He is Honorary Director of China Foreign Investment Association, Beijing and Founder and Honorary Member of the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

As collector of contemporary art he has formed with 2500 works the most substantial collection of contemporary Chinese art in the world of which he donated in 2012 1450 works to M+ Museum for Visual Arts in Hong Kong. He is a member of the M+ Museum Board, the International Council of New York Modern Art Museum MOMA and International Advisory Council of Tate Gallery, London.