Willy R. Gehrer studied electrical engineering at what is now ZHAW and then completed a post-graduate course in business management at Lucerne University. He worked at Siemens Switzerland for many years, most recently as CEO for the Energy and Transportation Systems divisions. From 2009 to 2013 Willy R. Gehrer was president of Electrosuisse. For 15 years he has also been involved with “deep geothermals for electricity production”, for example as president for the Swiss Association on Geothermal Energy. Since 2017 he is president of the Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences SATW.