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Thomas Held


Dr. Thomas Held
Director, Avenir Suisse - Think Tank for economic and social development

Education and Training

- Ph.D. in sociology and social history, University of Zurich, Switzerland

- Visiting scholar and lecturer at the universities of Zurich and Vienna, Stanford University (Department of Sociology) and UC Berkeley (Department of Sociology, Graduate Group in Demography)

- Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School

Professional Activities

Marketing and editorial consultant, Ringier publishers

Senior Vice-president advertising sales and circulation, Ringier publishers

Consultant and project manager, Hayek Engineering group
- industry projects (manufacturing, IT)
- public sector projects (state & city administrations)

Owner and president of a consultancy and project management company
- regular consultant to major media companies in Switzerland and Germany (including editorial project development, European market research, editorial and pre-press operations)
- various industrial and service sector contracts
- CEO of a major German regional newspaper
- owner-representative and CEO for a major public-private partnership development (Lucerne concert hall, $180 mio, with architect Jean Nouvel, Paris, and acoustician Russel Johnson, New York)
- project management for various public-private development projects


- Various books and articles on demographic and family history and the modern family

- Various articles on media and marketing - Popular encyclopedia on Switzerland

- Regular commentator and columnist in Swiss media, regular columnist in BILANZ (leading Swiss business magazine)

- Regular keynote speaker at public and private conferences and events

A few Remarks on the Swiss «Model», presentation by Thomas Held (ppt, 1,566KB)




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