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Franziska Zimmermann

Manager, Public Policy and Partnerships
Syngenta Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.


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Franziska Zimmermann has held a number of high-profile administrative, legal advisory, and policy-making positions with significant European private and public organizations. She most recently served as Manager of Public Policy and Partnerships for Syngenta Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd, the Singapore-based division of a leading global agribusiness corporation. There, she worked as a member of the company’s leadership team in charge of corporate affairs for the region. Among her accomplishments at Syngenta Asia Pacific, Franziska Zimmermann created and oversaw policies and priorities, initiated a cornerstone program dealing with issues of food security, and established partnerships that led to innovative business models.

Franziska Zimmermann earned a Master’s degree in 1999 from Switzerland’s University of Bern, where she studied law. During her high school career, she spent a year studying in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, and subsequently passed her Swiss high school evaluation exams, or Matura, at Gymnasium Neufeld in Bern. Ms. Zimmermann’s varied international academic experiences informed her early public policy work within several agencies of the Swiss and European Commission governments. 

After she completed her law degree, Franziska Zimmermann entered Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs as a legal and policy advisor. She continued to serve the Swiss government as a staff member of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, where she served consecutively as a trade advisor and a manager for economic development cooperation programs on clean technology and trade. Franziska Zimmermann additionally worked as an advisor to the Enterprise Food Industry Unit of the European Commission during the summer of 2004.

In 2006, Franziska Zimmermann accepted a position managing governmental and public affairs in the Basel, Switzerland, office of Syngenta International AG. Her responsibilities included building significant platforms for engagement, facilitating relationships between the company and major international organizations to promote sustainable agricultural development, and representing the interests of the agricultural industry in the public arena. Ms. Zimmermann transitioned into the firm’s Singapore office in 2010.

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