|Minister of Foreign Affairs, Education, and Culture|
11 November 2019 - 25 March 2021
|Born||8 September 1982|
|Political party||Progressive Citizens' Party|
|Alma mater||University of Liechtenstein|
University of St. Gallen
Katrin Eggenberger was born in Werdenberg, Switzerland to a Swiss father and Liechtensteiner mother. Her maternal uncle, Josef Biedermann, was a long-term member of the Liechtenstein parliament and former President of the Progressive Citizens' Party. She is a dual citizen, however she has spent the majority of her life living outside Liechtenstein. She returned to live in Vaduz permanently in October 2019.
Eggenberger completed a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2008 through the University of Liechtenstein, studying at Ohio State University where she also competed in synchronized swimming. She competed in synchronized swimming for Switzerland alongside Ariane Schneider at the 2005 World Aquatics Championships in Montreal.
Eggenberger completed a Master of Science in Banking and Financial Management in 2012 at the University of Liechtenstein. In 2019 she completed a PhD in International Affairs and Political Economy from the University of St. Gallen, supervised by Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz, and has been a researcher at the London School of Economics, University of Cambridge, Princeton University and Harvard University. She was a 2019 Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University.
Eggenberger worked at number of banks in Vaduz and Switzerland before becoming Chief of Staff to Klaus Schwab and Head of the Community of Chairpersons at the World Economic Forum in 2016. She was responsible for building a global, digital platform for startups, companies, universities and governments.
Eggenberger has been a member of the Progressive Citizens' Party since 2019, when she was unanimously nominated by the party to the Parliament. She was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs by Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein on 11 November 2019, replacing Aurelia Frick, and sworn in by Prime Minister Adrian Hasler. She is responsible for the ministries of justice and culture as well as foreign affairs. Her completion of the Yale fellowship in 2019 caused her to miss four of her first six government meetings.