With nearly a decade of academic training in economics and law and more than 12 years of practical experience in public policy and government relations, Franziska Zimmermann has established herself as a leader in the field of external affairs. Having spent six years working with the Swiss government’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) as an advisor on World Trade and a program manager in the area of Economic Development Cooperation, she gained expertise in leading trade negotiations and advising government officials on market access issues, among many other skills. As such, Franziska Zimmermann brought much to her later roles at Syngenta, a Switzerland-based global leader in the agribusiness sector.
Serving in a managerial capacity for the company, Ms. Zimmermann joined the firm’s headquarters, Syngenta AG, in 2006 as a manager of public and government affairs. In this position, she held responsibility for the development and implementation of key engagement programs focusing on innovation, sustainability, agriculture, and rural development. Additionally, she fostered relationships with global intergovernmental organizations, and represented corporate interests in relevant stakeholder forums and industry associations.
She served in this role until 2010, at which time she became the Manager of Public Policy and Partnerships at Syngenta Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. in Singapore. There, Franziska Zimmermann led the establishment of new engagement initiatives in the area of food security and steered the firm’s effort to collaborate with international organizations in support of the business strategy promoting an integrated approach to agriculture. She also functioned as a member of the Asia Pacific Corporate Affairs Leadership Team and helped to implement a major organizational transformation. She holds a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Bern.