Dr Beat Kappeler
columnist, NZZ am Sonntag; author, Staatsgeheimnisse?: was wir über unseren staat wirklich wissen sollten

Beat Kappeler has a background as a regulator, professor, journalist, and senior trade union administrator and member of public oversight bodies. Today he is a columnist for the NZZ on Sunday.

From 1997-2007 he was a member of the Federal Communications Commission (regulator).  From 1996 – 2000 he was e.o. Professor for Social Policy at the University Institut de Hautes Etudes en Administration Publique (IDHEAP), Lausanne. And from 1977-1992 he was National Secretary of the Swiss Trade Union Confederation, a function in which he was also a member of the federal anti-monopolies commission and the ‘Conseil suisse de la science’. Furthermore, from 1977-1992 he was in charge of liberalization projects (de-cartelsisation, transparent company law etc.)

In his early career he was a freelance journalist specialising in economic issues. He studied at Geneva University (licence ès sciences politiques) and in 1970 he was a Graduate Institute of International Studies. He also studied at Freie Universität Berlin and College St. Antonius in Appenzell, federal maturity (latin, greek) 1966.