Heinz Krummenacher holds a MA (1982) and PhD (1985) in Political Science from the University of Zurich. He started his professional career with the Swiss Defense Department, where he directed a study group dealing with the re-definition of Swiss security policy (1985-1989). Between 1990 and 1992, he worked as foreign editor with the Swiss daily newspaper Der Bund. Before joining swisspeace in 1998, he was head of the social research and media department at IHA-GfK, a leading market research institute (1992-1998). At swisspeace, Heinz headed the FAST International Early Warning Program (1998 to 2008), the BEFORE Project (2008 to 2014) and was a member of the directorate (2001-2014). He was elected as president of the municipal council of Alpnach/OW in 2014. Since then he is associated Senior Fellow at swisspeace working conflict prevention projects