Kaspar Villiger

Businessman, Politician & Former Member of the Swiss Federal Council

Expert finance speaker Kaspar Villiger is one of the world’s most respected authorities on the intersection of business and government and is a giant of the international finance industry. Known for his decision-making and economic expertise Villiger has held the Swiss Confederation Presidency twice, once in 1995 and later in 2002. His work as a finance speaker has impacted economies across the world and he has held a number of prestigious and important governmental roles during his illustrious career.

Previously elected Switzerland’s Federal Councillor in 1989 Kaspar Villiger served until 2003 when he began working as a dedicated after dinner speaker on the European corporate circuit. Whilst in office, Villiger held positions as both the Minister for Defence (1989 – 1995) and as the country’s leading finance speaker and Minister of Finance from 1996 until 2003.

With more than forty years’ experience in federal government and global economics Kaspar Villiger is one of the worlds most sought after finance speakers? Beginning his career in 1972 as a member of the Swiss Free Democratic Party in Canton Lucerne Villiger served in federal parliament until 1989.

Outside his work in politics Villiger is a respected businessman and is frequently called upon to act as a business speaker. For more than 23 years he was co-owner of Villiger Group, where he managed the parent firm, Villiger Soehne AG, a Swiss tobacco company, and following his retirement from politics Kaspar Villiger joined the board of directors of Nestle and Swiss Re. In 2009, he was elected Chairman of the Board of UBS, one of the world’s largest private banks, where he remained as until 2012.

His work as a business and finance speaker has also seen Villiger hold posts as vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce of Central Switzerland and vice-president of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of the Canton of Aargau. Currently, he is a member of the Global Leadership Foundation and Chairman of the Foundation Council at the USB International Centre for Economics in Society where he works as a decision maker and business speaker.

Also working as an advisor and keynote speaker Kaspar Villiger is known for his ability to provide corporate and government organisations with the insight and knowledge needed to navigate and make changes in an ever increasing and more complex interdependent global economy.

His work as a keynote speaker deals with some of the most pressing economic topics of the day and covers both European and global economics. His ability to survey and expertly contextualize a variety of intertwining financial markets, governments and business platforms marks him as an ideal and in depth finance speaker for any after dinner speaker event.

To book Kaspar Villiger as the finance speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Kaspar is known to cover the following topics:

  • Economy
  • Federal Government
  • Finance & Futurism
  • Decision Making
  • Business
  • Global Economy