Martina Hirayama

State Secretary, State Secretariat for Education and Research and Innovation (SERI)

Studied Chemistry, ETH Zurich, University of Fribourg and Imperial College London; Doctorate in Technical Sciences, ETH Zurich; 1997, Postgraduate degree in Business Economics, ETH Zurich. Formerly with ETH Zurich’s Department of Materials; 2001, Head, Polymer Chemistry Group. Co-Founder and, until 2008, Chief Executive Officer, a start-up in new coating technologies. 2003, Lecturer in Industrial Chemistry, Zurich University of Applied Sciences Winterthur ZHW (now ZHAW); developed and headed the field of polymer materials and obtained professorship. 2007-10, developed the ZHAW’s Institute of Materials and Process Engineering. 2011-18, Director, ZHAW School of Engineering, Member of the Executive Board and from 2014, Head, International Affairs, ZHAW. 2012-18, President of the Board, Federal Institute of Metrology METAS; 2011-18, Vice-President of the Board, Innovation Promotion Agency Innosuisse (until 2017 the Commission for Technology and Innovation); 2016-18, Member of the Board, Swiss National Science Foundation. Former Member of the Board or Executive Committees: Swiss Study Foundation; Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences SATW; Zurich Chamber of Commerce; Kuratorium, Freiburger Materialforschungszentrum, Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg (Germany). Expert, National Research Fund Luxembourg (FNR) and the European Commission. Since 1 January 2019, Head of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research.