Gerhard Schwarz Former Director Avenir Suisse
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Gerhard Schwarz spent 30 years with Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), the leading Swiss newspaper, which he joined in 1981 and for which he worked from 1983 to 1986 as economic correspondent in Paris, France. In 1994, he was appointed head of the economic, financial and business section, a post he held for 16 years. From 2008 to 2010, he also served as deputy editor-inchief. From 2010 to 2016, he was managing director of the independent, market-oriented think tank Avenir Suisse in Zurich.
From 1989 to 2014, Gerhard Schwarz was lecturer of comparative economic systems at the University of Zurich. From 2002 to 2011, he was Chairman of the Friedrich A. von Hayek-Gesellschaft in Freiburg, Germany and from 2014 to 2016 he was Vice Chairman of the Mont Pélerin Society. Gerhard Schwarz is currently President of the Progress Foundation in Zurich and a member of the board of numerous foundations in the fields of education, culture, charity, and economics.
Besides publishing extensively as a journalist, Gerhard Schwarz has written and edited various books, among them "Wirtschaftswunder Schweiz. Ursprung und Zukunft eines Erfolgsmodells" (3rd edition 2016), "Watch the Swiss. Insights and outlooks from abroad" (2015), "Die Idee der Freiheit" (2nd edition 2008), "Vertrauen – Anker einer freiheitlichen Ordnung" (2007), "Lust und Last des Liberalismus" (2006), "Psychologische Grundlagen der Ökonomie" (3rd edition 2003), "Neidökonomie" (2000), "Die 'Soziale Kälte' des Liberalismus. Versuch einer Klärung" (3rd edition 1997), "Ausländische Direktinvestitionen und Entwicklung" (1980).
In 1996, he was awarded the Ludwig-Erhard-Preis für Wirtschaftspublizistik in Germany. In 2009, he received the price of the Stiftung für Abendländische Ethik und Kultur (STAB) in Switzerland and in 2010 the Goldene Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um die Republik Österreich.
Gerhard Schwarz was born in 1951 in Vorarlberg, Austria. He studied economics, business administration and law in St. Gallen, Switzerland, at the American Institute for Economic Research in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and in Colombia, South America. He holds a Ph. D. in economics from the University of St. Gallen. In 1995, he graduated from the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.