Thomas A. Zimmermann studied "Europäische Wirtschaft" (European / international economics and management studies) at the University of Bamberg, Germany, and at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy. He then became a doctoral student at the University of St. Gallen where he also worked as scientific collaborator and personal assistant to Prof. Dr. Heinz Hauser at the Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research (SIAW-HSG). During this time, he also spent one semester at the Faculty of Commerce at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He was awarded his doctoral degree for his thesis on WTO dispute settlement.
In his main job, Dr Zimmermann has been working at the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO in Berne since 2003. Since 1 September 2020, he serves as head of the division "Special Foreign Economic Service", Ambassador, Delegate of the Federal Council for Trade Agreements and Member of the Board. Prior to his current function, he was head of the division "Organisation, Law and Accreditation" and Member of the Board (2009-2020), head of staff and personal advisor to the Secretary of State, Mr. Jean-Daniel Gerber (2006-2009), and country relations officer for North America and the Caribbean in the Americas division of the Bilateral Economic Relations Department (2003-2006). From 1998-2003, he was a researcher and personal assistant to Prof. Dr. Heinz Hauser at SIAW-HSG (1998-2003).
As a supplementary occupation, he is active in teaching on international economics and trade policy.
Teaching Activities by Dr. Thomas A. Zimmermann (Selection)
2022; 2021; 2020; 2019; 2018; 2017; 2016; 2015; 2014; 2013; 2012; 2011; 2010; 2009; 2008; 2007; 2006: Lecturer at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy / Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, Italia; Graduate School of Economics and International Relations / Alta Scuola di Economia e Relazioni Internazionali (ASERI); in the Master of International Relations (MIR) / Master in Advanced Global Studies (MAGS); Course on "International trade policy and the WTO". Topics covered: the political economy of international trade; the WTO as an international organization; GATT; GATS; TRIPS; WTO dispute settlement; regionalism; developing countries in the WTO; "new topics"; the Doha Round; research questions and methodologies. Course language: English
2017; 2016; 2015; 2014; 2013; 2012; 2011; 2010; 2009; 2008: Lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETH); in the Executive Master of Business Administration in Supply Chain Management (MBA-SCM); Course on "The Global Economy"; Topics covered: The multilateral trading System (WTO); Contents: multilateralism, regionalism and free trade agreements, foreign direct investment, international financial architecture and currency issues, globalisation of the world economy and role of developing and emerging markets, current macroeconomic issues (current economic situation; financial, economic and debt crises; rising inequality; global risks etc.); Course language: English.
2013; 2012; 2011; 2010; 2009: Lecturer at the University of St. Gallen; Lectures in the seminar No. 4,348 in preparation of the annual "oikos Model WTO" (together with Prof. Dr. iur. Matthias Oesch who was in charge of the exercises). Topics covered: the political economy of international trade; the WTO as an international organization; GATT; GATS; TRIPS; WTO dispute settlement; regionalism; developing countries; "new topics"; the Doha Round; research questions and methodologies. Course language: English.
2010: Lecturer at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences (HSLU) - School of Economics; in the Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) Business Administration (MBA); Course on Globalisation and the world economy; Course language: German.
2007: Lecturer at the China International Law School in Shanghai; organized by the Center for International Business and Commercial Law (CIBCL) in co-operation with Tongji University, Shanghai, China; Course on "International Trade Policy and the WTO"; Course language: English.
2000/2001: Lecturer at the University of St. Gallen; public policy programme; seminar on WTO issues / International Economic Policy I (KF STAWI IBZ; Seminar No. 5,223; jointly with Alexander Roitinger); Course language: German.