She is committed to the sustainable development of the city of Zurich

Anna Schindler

Director, City Development Zurich, Switzerland

Why you should listen

The cultural and economic geographer has been in charge of urban development in Zurich since 2011. Prior to her current position, Anna Schindler worked for various German and English language publications and publishers, for the ETH Studio Basel and the Federal Office of Culture, and as a communications consultant for small and large companies and businesses in the fields of architecture, urban development and real estate. She taught at the ZHAW and the University of Zurich.

About Stadtentwicklung Zürich

By the year 2040, Zurich is expected to grow to well over half a million inhabitants. Urban development is committed to actively meeting the diverse challenges of this growth and thus maintaining the quality of life of the population and the attractiveness of the business location. To ensure that Zurich’s growth is as sustainable as possible, it is essential to take advantage of the opportunities offered by digitization. Smart City Zurich should help to meet the challenges of growth with the opportunities offered by technological progress, promote innovation and link people, institutions, administration and companies in a way that is profitable for everyone.


Anna Schindler studied geography at the University of Bern.

Schindler is the winner of the Zurich Journalism Prize 2002, which she received for a series of articles in the Swiss weekly newspaper “WOZ”.

In addition to working as a culture and architecture editor she has worked in various management and executive positions at two universities and as a lecturer at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW.

Since 2011 Schindler has been Director of Urban Development of the City of Zurich.