Dr. Sebastian Friess

Dr. Sebastian Friess

President At Bern Economic Development Agency


Dr. Sebastian Friess is a distinguished leader with a wealth of experience in economic development and innovation policy. Currently serving as the Head of the Economic Office and Chief Location Promoter for the Canton of Bern, Switzerland, he has been instrumental in driving economic growth and development in the region since May 2019.

Dr. Friess’s journey in fostering economic prosperity began earlier in his career when he assumed the role of Head of Innovation Policy at the State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation (SERI) from November 2010 to April 2017. During this tenure, he played a pivotal role in shaping innovation policies and strategies at the national level.


Before his involvement in government and policy-making, Dr. Friess gained valuable insights into the private sector as a Product Manager and authorized signatory at Gloor Instruments AG, where he served for six years, from April 2004 to October 2010.


Dr. Friess’s professional journey also includes a significant period at Zurich Airport Ltd, where he served as an aviation professional for ten years, from 1996 to 2006.


Throughout his career, Dr. Sebastian Friess has demonstrated a strong commitment to fostering innovation, economic growth, and regional development, making him a highly respected figure in the field of economic development and innovation policy in Switzerland. His leadership at the Canton of Bern’s Economic Office continues to drive positive change and prosperity for the region.