Monica Duca Widmer among the 100 most influential women in the country


Institutional Communication Service

18 May 2021

Every year, the Zurich-based magazine "Women in Business" publishes the "100 most influential and successful women in the country" rankings. Among the names for 2019 and 2020 is that of USI Board President and entrepreneur Monica Duca Widmer.

The ranking highlights the profiles of 100 career women, providing a glimpse into Switzerland's female entrepreneurial world. Monica Duca Widmer's career path was selected because it demonstrates that both entrepreneurship and leadership are naturally female.

Monica Duca Widmer (1959) is a chemical engineer (ETH Zurich graduate in 1984, PhD in Chemistry at Università degli Studi Milano, 1987), founder, and head of EcoRisana SA. She was appointed President of the USI Council in December 2016 and is currently President of Migros Ticino (since 2011) and Appointed President of the future holding company of RUAG. Previously she was Member of Parliament of the Canton Ticino (1995-2011, President 2007/2008), member of the Board of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology (1998-2008), and member of the Federal Commission for NBC Protection ComNBC (1995-2007). She was also a member of the Federal Communications Commission ComCom (2005-2017, Vice-president 2011-2017), of the Federal Energy Research Commission CORE (2009-2019), of the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate ENSI (2016-2019, Vice-president 2018-2019), of the Federal Rüstungskommission (armaments commission, 2008-2019, Vice-president 2015-2019), of the Executive committee at the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences SATW (2008-2019, Vice-president 2013 -2019), of the Council of the University of Lucerne (2012-2017), of the Council of the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland (2004-2015), and President of the steering Board of the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre CSCS (2004-2007). She is the director and founding member of EcoRisana SA.