Prof. Markus Schär


Prof. Markus Schär Dozent

  • Contact hours Monday
    Wednesday morning
    Thursday morning
  • Address Berner Fachhochschule
    School of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering
    Global Engagement
    Solothurnstrasse 102
    2500 Biel 6



  • Elective Module Leadership: Seminar International Management


  • Markus Schär is a lecturer at the Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH and responsible for international relations and global engagement in the Department of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering. He is also responsible for the Center for sustainable Development and Cooperation, which was launched as a BFH spin-off in April 2022.
    Prior to his engagement at BFH, Markus Schär worked for several years in the areas of international development cooperation as well as organizational and leadership development at leading private institutions around the globe and for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York.
  • seit 2017 Dozent und Leiter Center for Development and Cooperation - CDC Berner Fachhochschule | BFH
  • 2011 bis 2014 Gründungsmitglied und Geschäftsführer (2014-2016 Vorstand) Swiss Capacity Building Facility | SCBF
  • 2007 bis 2016 Managing Director / Co-Director Financial Systems Development Services AG | Sub-Sahara Africa
  • 2007 bis 2012 Geschäftsführender Partner Swiss Microfinance Holding SA
  • 2005 bis 2006 Consultant Organizational Development and HRM United Nations Development Program UNDP | New York
  • 2000 bis 2005 Senior Consultant and Program Manager SBC Warburg Dillon Read / UBS AG | Zurich | London | New York
  • 1997 bis 2000 HR Talent Management Asia-Pacific (im Rahmen des International Mobility Program IMP) SBC Warburg Dillon Read | Singapore | Hong Kong
  • 1995 bis 1997 Projektleiter (im Rahmen des Hochschulabsolventen Program JKP) Schweizerischer Bankverein | Basel


  • Formation prof. métiers du bois Cameroun (SEM)

  • Curriculum Review Bhutan (SDC)

  • Shafal-Design on Migration (SDC)

  • Vocational Training CH-Cuba, UNDP - PROFET

  • Pinoy Tannin (SNF)

  • CIIC3 - Coopération Interdisciplinaire et Interculturelle Contre le Changement Climatique: CDC - Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Peru, Lima (Movetia)

  • S4C Indonesia (SECO)

  • Implementation of the national TVET reform strategic plan - Kingdom of Bhutan (ADB)


  • KIB - BFH Committee for Internationalization

  • Working Group "Sustainability and Equal Opportunitiy"

  • Working Group "Global Competence"

  • Supporting Group "Mobility"

Supervised theses

  • Breidenbach Jonas Kritische Faktoren bei der Durchführung einer Wertschöpfungskettenanalyse in Schwellen- und Entwicklungsländern 2019

  • von Muralt Kay Andrea Developing concepts to support young entrepreneurship and carpentry businesses for Smiling Gecko in Cambodia 2019

Language skills and intercultural knowledge

  • German - Native or bilingual proficiency
  • English - Full professional proficiency
  • French - Professional working proficiency
  • Spanish - Elementary proficiency
  • Algeria
  • Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Ghana
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Cameroon
  • Malaysia
  • Mali
  • Mozambique
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines
  • Sri Lanka
  • Senegal
  • Singapore
  • United States of America