Barbara was appointed Deputy Secretary-General in January 2017.
Previously, she was Deputy Director of the EPFL College of Management of Technology (CDM, 2010-2016) and Program Manager at the Vice‐Presidency for Institutional Affairs (VPAI, 2005-2010), where she was in charge of the coordination of the Indo Swiss Joint Research Programme (ISJRP), a bilateral research program with India.
Prior to joining EPFL, Barbara held management positions at the ETH Zurich (Indo Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology, 1998‐2002), the University of Zurich (Life Sciences Zurich, 2002‐2003), and the University of Lausanne (Collaborative project with the University of Hanoi, 2004‐2005). She also worked as a freelance scientific writer for various magazines and newspapers (1996‐2004).
Barbara obtained an MSc in Food Sciences (1990) and a PhD in Environmental Microbiology (1996) from the ETH Zurich, and an MBA in Academic Management from the University of Basel (2017).