Mr Oliver Schärli, Switzerland
Oliver Schärli was born in Lucerne (Switzerland) in 1973. He studied Economic and Social History and graduated from the University of Zurich with a degree in Master of Arts while working part-time. He began his career in 2004 involved engaged in developing a professional curriculum for the healthcare field. He then taught history at a high school located in central Switzerland. In 2007, he joined the service of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) in Bern.
In his first position, he was responsible for training measures in the Labour Market and Unemployment Insurance Division, which is part of the Labour Directorate. In 2010, he was appointed Deputy Chief for Switzerland's economic relations with North American and Caribbean countries. At the same time, he completed his postgraduate studies MBA (Master of Business Administration) at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.
In August 2012, he was promoted Deputy Chief of the Labour Market and Unemployment Insurance Division in the Labour Directorate. In 2014, he was nominated Head of the Division and is in charge of more than 200 collaborators.
Oliver Schärli is married and has three children including twins. He is living in the region of Lucerne and commutes by train to work. In his spare time he enjoys sports, mountain hiking more than all others. He has a passion for music.