Prof. Oberle studied environmental science at ETH Zurich where he was awarded a doctorate, and also pursued studies in economics and mediation science. Following graduation, he founded and headed up environmental consultancy and environmental management businesses. He assisted public institutions and private corporations both at home and abroad with the definition and implementation of environmental standards, verification of their enforcement and analysis of their impact. In 1999, he was appointed Deputy Director of the Federal Office for the Environment, Forests and Landscape and in 2005 Director of the newly established Federal Office for the Environment. Starting in 2005, he represented Switzerland in leading international institutions and international negotiations as Secretary of State for the Environment. He also assumed a number of university teaching and research missions, working, for example, on the analysis and definition of a typology of environmental conflicts and mechanisms for their resolution. Since 2016, he has been Professor of Green Economy and Resource Governance at the EPFL. He also heads up the IRGC, the International Risk Governance Center at EPFL.