About

I started to write for newspapers when I was 15 years old. My first job was a monthly column for Swiss national newspaper Tages-Anzeiger. In the following years I finished school, lived abroad and went to university. I never stopped writing. I’ve written about chefs who mastered culinary traditions and broke them, a cyclist who conquers mountains with a single-speed bike in search for beauty, a world-famous comedian who sacrifices herself for the joke on her quest to empower women, and an olympic winner who rides like a knight and dreams like a poet.

Now I research and work at the University of St. Gallen where I am pursuing a PhD in political science with a focus on freedom in the data-driven economy. Because I think an informed public debate is important, I co-organise the event series KarlDigital with Digitale Gesellschaft Schweiz, which centres around the social and political implications of digital technologies. I also chair the ethics council of Posmo, a data cooperative that seeks to change how we think about data, ownership and mobility. And I am excited to be on the #ThinklistNext21, a list of influential faculty thinkers on social media who focus on issues of responsible business.

I tend to meet interesting people along the way. This is why I started #tavolagrandezh. Its aim is to bring together innovative bright minds to discuss brave ideas and real-world challenges. And because this city lacks a serious rascal, I co-founded Bande de Coquins, a weekly editorial about Zurich.

I like photography, too. Alongside my written work there’s also a visual diary on this page. All photos are taken by me, unless stated otherwise.

Born in 1991.

roberta@robertafischli.com