WTISD 2013 Laureate Ueli Maurer, President of the Swiss Confederation
Ueli Maurer, President of the Swiss Confederationis a citizen of Adelboden and hails from Hinwil, where his political career began in 1978 with his election as member of the Communal Council. Hinwil is a centre of the Swiss motorsports industry and is home to the Sauber Formula 1 racing team.
Over the years, on the road to the Swiss Presidency, Mr Maurer has shown personal commitment to sports, health, social security and civil protection. In 2008, Mr Maurer was elected member of the Federal Council and has been in charge of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport.
From 1995 to 2003, he was member of the Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy Committee. After 2003, he was engaged as member of the Finance Committee and after 2007, as member of the Social Security and Health Committee. From 1996 to 2008, he was chairman of the Swiss People's Party.
Switzerland is among the safest countries for road users in the world and has recorded a significant decrease in road traffic mortality in the period 2001-2010. The Swiss Council for Accident Prevention has been actively involved with ITU in developing standards for Driver Assistance Systems and intelligent systems for accident prevention in road traffic.
Ueli Maurer was born on 1 December 1950. He is married with six children.