Eric Hoesli is Professor at the Polytechnical Federal High School of Lausanne (SwissTech) and at the University of Geneva. After thirty years as journalist and managing editor in the main swiss media, he was appointed by both Universities in 2014 for setting up a new joint program of Russian Studies. He trained as a lawyer (Bachelor of Laws from the University of Lausanne) and is a graduate from the University of Geneva (post-Degree in Development Studies). He pursued a career as a political journalist which led him to work for the major Swiss media. As such, since 1984, he especially followed Soviet and then Russian developments for L'Hebdo magazine, Le Nouveau Quotidien, Le Temps, 24heures and La Tribune de Genève. In 1995, Eric Hoesli was appointed Chief Editor of L'Hebdo, the main news magazine of French-speaking Switzerland. In 1998, he became the Founder as well as the Director & Chief Editor of Le Temps, Swiss newspaper published in Geneva. He has been carrying out the function of Editorial Director of the Edipresse Group since September 2005. Since 2009, Eric Hoesli has been a Member of the Editorial Board of the Swiss press group Tamedia and Member of different Boards of Directors within press and televisual media, particularly the Swiss News Agency (ATS). He received several awards and decorations (Jean Dumur journalism prize, prize of the literary society of Geneva, journalism prize Switzerland-Russian, Knight of Arts and Letters- Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres de la République Française), in particular for his work on Russia. In 2014, he was appointed Professor (Professeur ordinaire) at the Polytechnical Federal High School of Lausanne and Visiting Professor (Professeur invité) at the University of Geneva. He is in charge of a Joint Program of Russian Studies for both universities and is currently setting a joint program between Swiss universities and several academic and research institutions in Northern Russia and Russian Arctic. Since 1984, he has written countless articles and reports on the USSR, the post-soviet and the Russian worlds’ evolution in L'Hebdo, Le Nouveau Quotidien, Le Temps and other Swiss, French and Belgian publications. Eric Hoesli is the author of A la Conquête du Caucase (Syrtes, 700 p., Paris 2006) and L’Epopée sibérienne (Syrtes/Paulsen, 850 p., Paris 2018). He was born in 1957, is married and has two children.