Robert Perich

Prof. Dr. Robert Perich


Head of MAS ETH UZH in Intl. Governance and Law
Head of CAS ETH Public Governance and Admin.
Head of CAS ETH Internation. Policy and Advocacy


Professor of Practice

Contact Data

Tel.: +41 44 632 22 95
Tel. (Sec.): +41 44 632 84 86


ETH Zürich
Robert Perich
Swiss School of Public Governance
STB  H 20.2
Stampfenbachstrasse 69
8092 Zürich

Organisations Lecturer at the Department of Management, Technology, and Economics
Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Robert Perich has been a Professor of Practice and Academic Director of the Swiss School of Public Governance (SSPG) in the Department of Management, Technology and Economics (D-MTEC) since 1 April 2023.

For 20 years (1 April 2003 - 31 March 2023) Robert Perich acted as the Chief Financal Officer (CFO) of ETH Zurich, first in the role of Director of Finance & Controlling and Member of the Extended Executive Board, and as the Vice President Finance & Controlling and Member of the Executive Board since 1 October 2008. In this capacity he was in charge of the Executive Board domain for Finance & Controlling and was responsible in particular for the ETH-wide financial strategy, continuous medium-term financial planning and the budgeting process, financial management, cash & asset management, reporting and controlling, procurement and the supervision of partner organisations (catering, sports association, ETH Store, Business Tools), as well as risk management. He coordinated the respectives processes across the university and promoted the digitalisation of the appropriate tools (in particular SAP S4/HANA / ETHIS and for Institutional Research).

Born on 8 November 1961 in Basel, Robert Perich graduated in 1986 from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) in Management and Business Administration, specialising in organisational sciences, and in 1992 took his doctorate with a dissertation on 'business dynamics' which was awarded numerous accolades. For two years he worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Business Administration at HSG and spent a year at the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, thanks to a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation. Before moving to ETH Zurich, Robert Perich worked for 12 years in various executive and management support posts for a major Swiss bank, and finally as a Member of the Board and CFO of the 'Private Banking Switzerland' division.

For many years, Robert Perich had a teaching post at the University of St. Gallen in the field of 'Strategy and Organisational Methodology'. He is currently a regular lecturer at the Swiss School of Public Governance (SSPG) at ETH Zurich and at the Center for Higher Education Studies (CHESS) at the University of Zurich.

Robert Perich is Vice Chairman of the University Council of the University of Cologne.

Course Catalogue
371-0001-00L Module: Public Governance and Administration
372-0003-00L International Policy
372-0004-00L Strategy & Leadership
372-0005-00L International Advocacy
372-0006-00L Negotiations
372-9000-00L CAS IPA Thesis
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