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Jean-Daniel Gerber

Former Swiss Secretary of State and Dean of the World Bank

Jean-Daniel Gerber currently chairs the Board of Swiss Investment fund for Emerging Markets (SIFEM) and is a board member of Lonza Group AG. He is also Chair of the Swiss Society for Public Good and the Association of “Swiss Sustainable Finance”.

Throughout his career in government service, he held key positions in trade, development co-operation, diplomacy, finance, migration and economics. He was previously Executive Director and Dean of the World Bank Board, and Director of the Federal Office for Migration at Switzerland’s Federal Department of Justice and Police. He became State Secretary and Director of Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) in 2004 until his retirement from the post in 2011.

He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Berne. The maxim of Jean-Daniel is “Ut melius fiat” (turn it to the better).