||After completing high school at the "Hegau-Gymnasium" in Singen am Hohentwiel, Germany, 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 in October 2004 for his thesis on WTO dispute settlement.
In his main job, Dr Zimmermann serves, since 2009, as head of the division "Organisation, Legal Affairs and Accreditation" and Member of the Board at the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) in Berne. Before that, he worked at SECO as head of staff and personal advisor to the Secretary of State, Mr. Jean-Daniel Gerber (2006-2009), and as 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).
Teaching Activities by Dr. Thomas A. Zimmermann (Selection)
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; Postgraduate School of Economics and International Relations / Alta Scuola di Economia e Relazioni Internazionali (ASERI); in the Master of International Relations (MIR); 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), regionalism, 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". 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: Lectuer 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.
Dr Thomas A. Zimmermann has been a reserach associate at SIAW-HSG since 2003. He has taught international economics in various education and professional development programmes.
His interests are in international economic relations and economic policy, with a particular focus on trade and investment. Dr Zimmermann dedicates particular attention to the institutional perspective of policymakers (including policy implementation) and to the practical perspective of the business sector (see "Publications"). His teaching activities cover further areas of interest for international economic relations (see "Teaching Activities").
In this main job, Thomas Zimmermann works at the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO (see "Professional career").