Jean-Philippe Amstein, Director
Jean-Philippe Amstein has been Director of the Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo) since 1st January 2006.
He was born in 1952 and was brought up in Chailly, near Montreux. He received the rural engineering and land surveying diploma of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne before becoming a licensed surveyor. In 1980 Jean-Philippe Amstein became an assistant in the office of the Federal Directorate of Cadastral Surveying; in 1995 he was appointed Section Manager and in 1999 Head of the Federal Directorate of Cadastral Surveying within swisstopo. He was appointed Deputy Director of swisstopo in 2001 and in November 2002 he became Head of the Topography Division. Jean-Philippe Amstein was a member of the steering commitee for the official cadastral survey reform project, and since 2005 he has been chairman of the steering committee of the e-geo.ch programme.