Degrees in Law and General Ecology, Universities of Berne, Switzerland and Nijmegen, Netherlands. Started political career as a Member of the Municipal Council of Burgdorf, Switzerland, subsequently in the Parliament of the Canton of Berne. 2003, elected Member of the National Council, the House of Representatives in the Swiss Parliament, for the Liberal Democratic Party (FDP.Die Liberalen); 2007, 2011 and 2015 re-elected; currently serves on the National Council's Foreign Affairs Committee (Chair in 2010 and 2011), on the Committee for Legal Affairs, and on the Federal Assembly's Committee on Pardons. President, Parliamentary Association Switzerland-USA; co-chairs various parliamentary groups on renewable energy, ecologically sustainable economies, relations with Eastern Europe and promotion of voluntary work. 2015-16, Speaker of the National Council and the Federal Assembly. Since 2008, Senior Legal Counsel Zurich Insurance Group. Young Global Leader Alumna, World Economic Forum.