Kurt Aeschbacher, who was born in Bern in 1948, is a cherished personality with a winning character who as an entertainer, TV host, and self-declared fashion victim has brought colour and a subtle and unorthodox view of life in Switzerland to the Swiss media. He is a political economist by profession and worked at an architectural firm before starting his media career as talk show host and as a host of fashion programmes and shows on culture and business.

As Hans Christian Andersen Ambassador, Kurt Aeschbacher is to promote the wider awareness and appreciation of Hans Christian Andersen. With his prominent public profile, he will help generate interest in Hans Christian Andersen in Switzerland and will inspire people to read Andersen's fairytales and other literary works.