Irenka Krone-Germann

Co-Founder and Director of the Association PTO, Co-Founder We Jobshare Sàrl, Switzerland

Irenka Krone-Germann is Co-Founder and Director of the Association PTO (Part-time Optimisation) as well as Co-Founder of We Jobshare Sàrl which aims to promote new flexible working models such as Job Sharing in Switzerland, see more information at and

She holds Academic Degrees in Economics, Business and International Relations from universities in both Switzerland and the USA. She received a PhD from the University of Geneva for her research in the field of Labour Economics. I. Krone-Germann is the author of the book Part-time Employment in Switzerland, Relevance, Impact and Challenges, Ed. Peter Lang (2011) and of numerous economic and political articles. She also co-directed the collective book on job and top sharing published at Ed. L’Harmattan Paris (2016) in which 34 leading authors from 5 countries participated.

Parallel to this activity, I. Krone-Germann works as a Program Manager at the Economic Development and Trade Cooperation Division at the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) in Berne (9 years in job sharing with Anne de Chambrier). Her trade promotion programs are diversified in different countries and economic sectors. She also acts as the focal point at SECO for sustainable tourism.