Dr. Thomas A. Zimmermann studied European Economics and Management at the University of Bamberg (Germany). In 1998, he became a researcher at the Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research (SIAW-HSG) at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), where he obtained his doctoral degree with a thesis on WTO dispute settlement reform in 2004.
Since 2003 Dr. Zimmermann has been working for the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) in Berne, Switzerland. He first was in charge of bilateral economic relations between Switzerland and North America (2003-2006), then served as chief of staff (2006-2009) and is now in charge of the Organisation, Law and Accreditation division, while also serving as a member of the Board at SECO. At the same time, he continues to be a research associate at SIAW-HSG, teaching International Economics at various institutions.