Walter Schmid

Mythenstrasse, CH-8400 Winterthur
+41 79 446 41 54 |

Welcome to my home page

You will find here information on my professional background and my key qualifications.


Key Qualifications

Social Policy

Profound knowledge in national and international social politics.
Legal aspects and practice.
Familiar with private and public institutions.
Experienced in political processes and lobbying.


Migration and Integration

Profound knowledge in national and international migration politics.
Foreigners and asylum laws.
Conception and implementation of the federal program for integration support.
Familiar with institutions and networks.



Very good knowledge of national education systems.


Management and Organisation

A long experience in complex public and private organizations.
Experience and theoretical background in strategic management, new public management, human resources management, controlling, finances and fundraising.
Conception and implementation of various reorganization projects.


Strategy development and corporate culture


Mission statement and strategy development processes in public and private institutions.



Efficient analysis of complex management situations.
Resource approached support of teams.


Public Relations and communication

Publication of various articles.
Experienced in media work and relations.
Familiar with media and PR instruments.



Professional Résumé

Personal and Contact Information

Family name: Schmid
First name: Walter
Date of birth: April 11th, 1953
Nationality: Swiss
Civil status: married, two children
Adresse: Mythenstrasse 53, CH-8400 Winterthur, Switzerland
Phone: +41 79 446 41 54

Professional Experience

since 2003  Dean of Lucerne School of Social Work, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
2000 – 2003 Project director Swiss Solidarity Foundation in Berne
1991 – 2000 Director of the Social Services in the City of Zurich
1982 – 1991 Director of the Swiss Refugee Council in Berne
1982 Lawyer


1992 PGL in NPO Management, University of Freiburg
1982 Doctorate, University of Zurich
1981 Postgraduate studies, Stanford University, California
1979 admission to the bar
1976 Licentiate, University of Zurich
1974 Demi-Doctorat, faculté de droit, Université de Lausanne
1972 Secondary school, Gymnasium, Zurich


since 2008 Member of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences
since 2002 Chair member for Migration Policy Group in Brussels
1999 – 2014 Chair of the Swiss Conference on Social Welfare
2008 – 2011 Member of the Federal Commission for Migration
2000 – 2007 Depute Chair of the Federal Commission for Foreigners
1992 – 1999 Chairman of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles


German mother tongue
English and French fluent
Italian and Spanish basic