Martina Hirayama

State Secretary, State Secretariat for Education and Research and Innovation (SERI)

Doctorate in Chemistry. Former Group Leader, Institute of Polymers, ETH Zurich; co-founded a start-up in new coating technologies and was Chief Executive Officer of the company until 2008. 2003, began lecturing in industrial chemistry at Zurich University of Applied Sciences Winterthur ZHW; developed and headed the field of polymer materials and obtained professorship. 2007-10, developed the Institute of Materials and Process Engineering. 2011-18, Dean, ZHAW School of Engineering, with 13 institutes and centres, nine degree programmes and 620 staff, and a member of the ZHAW’s Executive Board. Since 2014, Head of International Affairs, and since 2019, Switzerland's State Secretary of Education, Research and Innovation. Vice-President of the Board, Innosuisse, Switzerland’s Innovation Promotion Agency (up to the end of 2017 the Commission for Technology and Innovation). Member, Swiss National Science Foundation’s Foundation Council.