He was first elected to the Swiss National Council in 1999 as a member of the Swiss People's Party (SVP/UDC) of the Canton of Zurich. In parliament, he is a member of the Committee for Economic Affairs and Taxation (CEAT), the Finance Committee (FC), and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (CE) in Strasbourg. In 2003, Hans Kaufmann was elected with 123'317 votes for the second time.
In professional life, Hans Kaufmann is the President of the Board of Directors of Kaufmann Research AG and consults on several other boards, particularly within the pension fund sector. Kaufmann was a member of the board of Swissfirst. Prior to that he was employed as Director and Chief Economist at Bank Julius Baer, where he was responsible for investment strategies in Switzerland. From 1986 to 1997 he headed the Department of Swiss Company Research. In addition to his work in this area, Hans Kaufmann has had extensive experience with a variety of brokers, such as Goldman Sachs, Salomon Brothers, and Kidder, Peabody & Co. in New York. He began working with Bank Julius Baer in 1980, after having served as a financial analyst with the Zurich Cantonal Bank (Zürcher Kantonalbank) since 1974. Hans Kaufmann began his career in 1973 as a gold mining analyst in Johannesburg. He has a master's degree in economics from the University of Zurich (lic.oec.publ.).
- Biography of Hans Kaufmann on the website of the Swiss Parliament. (German)
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