Switzerland – United States: Economic Perspectives in Times of Upheaval

Gala Dinner with Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard, Vice President of the Swiss Confederation and Head of the Department of Economic Affairs

Event Details


The Westin St. Francis
335 Powel St.., San Francisco, 94131


July 10, 2009 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


$ 95

RSVP required by July 6. To register, please visit the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce website.

The Consulate General of Switzerland and the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce (SACC) in San Francisco are privileged to invite you to a gala dinner in honor of Doris Leuthard, Vice President of the Swiss Confederation and of the Federal Council, and Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs (FDEA). Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard will lead a delegation of Swiss business representatives to California from July 9 to July 11 and will be our guest of honor and speak on the topic of “Switzerland – United States: Economic Perspectives in Times of Upheaval.”

Federal Councillor Leuthard will be accompanied by a delegation of dignitaries, among them Ambassador Urs Ziswiler, Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States, Gerold Bührer, President of Economiesuisse, Martin Naville, CEO of the SACC, and Daniel Küng, CEO of OSEC Business Network Switzerland, as well as several high ranking representatives of major Swiss companies.

Guest of Honor:

Doris Leuthard

Federal Councillor, Vice President of the Swiss Confederation and Head of the Department of Economic Affairs

The Federal Department of Economic Affairs (FDEA) is the competence centre of the Swiss Government for all core issues related to economic affairs and trade policies. In her capacity as its head, Mrs. Leuthard is responsible for the Doha Round negotiations of the World Trade Organization. While Switzerland places a priority on multilateralism in its foreign economic policy, it defends its special interests through bilateral free trade agreements. At a domestic level, the FDEA’s goal is to create the regulatory framework and economic policy conditions that enable Swiss and foreign companies located in Switzerland to prosper.

Mrs. Leuthard is also responsible for matters relating to employment, professional education and training, technology and innovation. A main objective is to establish a favourable environment for creating jobs by establishing flexible labour market conditions. Another policy priority is to ease access to the labour market for young people, women and older workers.

The Federal Office for Agriculture and the Federal Veterinary Office are also part of the FDEA. Through “Agricultural Policy 2011,” Mrs. Leuthard is seeking to make Swiss agriculture more competitive by gradually opening it to free market requirements while respecting sustainable development.

Prior to assuming her current position as Head of the FDEA on 1 August 2006, Mrs. Leuthard had been a member of the National Council for seven years and President of the Christian Democratic People’s Party from 2004. During her time in the National Council, she was a member of the committees for legal affairs, political institutions, judicial affairs and economic affairs and taxation.

Mrs. Leuthard was born in 1963 and is a lawyer by training. She is married to Dr. Roland Hausin, a research chemist.As a result of the present global economic crisis, the international landscape will be radically altered. This year’s Annual Meeting is organized under the theme “Shaping the Post-Crisis World.” Come learn how leaders from industry, government and civil society plan to shape this transformation. Our speakers are Davos World Economic Forum participants and bring their own unique insight.


Photo: Myleen Hollero