Daniele Ganser, Friedensforschung


Dr. phil. Daniele Ganser is a Swiss historian, his research focuses on peace and energy. He heads the Swiss Institute for Peace and Energy Research (SIPER) in Basel and studies as an energy expert the global struggle for oil and the potential of renewable energies.



Dr. phil. Daniele Ganser is a Swiss historian who specializes in contemporary history since 1945 and International Politics. His research topics are peace research, geo-strategy, covert warfare, resource wars and economic policy. He teaches at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) courses on the history and future of energy systems. At Basel University, he taught in the postgraduate course on conflict analysis with a focus on the global fight over petroleum. Daniele Ganser is founder and Director of the Swiss Institute for Peace and Energy Research (SIPER) in Basel. SIPER researches the possibility of a transition to 100% renewable energy supplies and how conflicts might be solved peacefully. (www.siper.ch)

From 2001 until 2003, Daniele Ganser was a senior researcher at the think tank Avenir Suisse in Zurich. Avenir Suisse is funded by 14 international Swiss corporations including Swiss Re, ABB, Novartis, Roche, Credit Suisse and Nestlé. From 2003 until 2006, he held the position of a senior researcher for the Center for Security Studies (CSS) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich. In cooperation with the Swiss Foreign Ministry (the Federal Department for Foreign Affairs – EDA) he investigated the impact of globalization on war and peace. At the EDA, Daniele Ganser was a member of the expert group on civil peace promotion and the strengthening of human rights.

Daniele Ganser holds the German IQ-Award 2015 by Mensa in Deutschland e.V., the association for highly skilled people (www.mensa.de). He is a member of the scientific council of the trade association swisscleantech (www.swisscleantech.ch). Daniele Ganser has published a variety of books, scientific articles and newspaper articles dealing with the energy transition, peace research and contemporary history. His book on NATO’s secret armies was translated into 10 languages. His book "Europa im Erdölrausch” was published in September 2012 and describes the global fight for petroleum. His newest book "Illegale Kriege" was published in October 2016 and describes how NATO memeber states sabotage die UN and disregard the prohibition of war. The TOP-10 of his presentations and interviews on Youtube count over 4 million views.

Daniele Ganser has a daughter and a son and lives with his family in Switzerland.



German IQ-Award 2015

On April 23, 2016 in Bonn, he received the German IQ-Award 2015 in the category "Intelligent Transfer of Knowledge" by Mensa, the association for highly skilled people. Mensa stated that he was the beneficiary of the award "because he encourages the broad public through his critical and partly controversial publications to question the surrounding world. Mensa honors the work of Daniele Ganser as a publicist and critical intellectual, using his own intelligence for the public good." (Image: Anna Weinhold, April 2016).


Since 2012: University of St. Gallen

Since 2012, he lectures at the University of St. Gallen and teaches together with Prof. Rolf Wüstenhagen the course "History and the future of energy systems", in which the costs and opportunities of the energy transition are studied.


Since 2011: SIPER

Since June 2011, he has been the Director of the Swiss Institute for Peace and Energy Research (SIPER) in Basel. The Institute researches issues connected with energy, war and peace. With his team, he investigates how a transition to 100% renewable energy could be achieved and how conflicts might be solved peacefully (picture: presentation in the KKL Lucerne, July 2012).


2006-2015: University of Basel

From 2006 to 2009, he was teaching contemporary history at the History Faculty of the University of Basel. He has then been from 2009 to 2015 a lecturer at the Institute for Sociology in the postgraduate course on conflict analysis. He communicates the results of his research on the global fight for oil and gas in public lectures (picture: lecture at the University of Basel, September 2011).


2003-2006: ETH Zürich

At the Center for Security Studies (CSS) of the ETH Zürich, he researched issues in the fields of security politics, globalization, covert warfare and human rights (picture: presentation of his book on NATO’s Secret Armies and on the Swiss P26 with (from left to right) Bruno Lezzi (NZZ), former National Councillor Helmut Hubacher and Hans Senn (former Chief of the General Staff of the Swiss Army), Prof. Georg Kreis (University of Basel), Prof. Andreas Wenger (ETH CSS), February 2005).


2001-2003: Avenir Suisse

As senior researcher, he was responsible for economic policy and contemporary history at the think tank Avenir Suisse. He has learned much from Avenir Suisse advisory council member, Jakob Kellenberger, who also served as President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) at that time (picture: (from left to right) Thomas Held (Director Avenir Suisse), Kellenberger, Ganser, September 2002).


1992-2001: University Studies

From 1992 onwards, he studied History, International Relations, Philosophy and English at the University of Basel, the University of Amsterdam (UVA) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He received his licentiate in the field of contemporary history summa cum laude in 1998 and his Ph.D. insigni cum laude in 2001. During term holidays, he liked to travel to faraway destinations and visited amongst other countries Nepal, Cuba, India, Canada, Sweden, the USA and Algeria (picture: USA, Florida, February 2001).


1972-1992: Childhood and Youth

He was born in 1972 in Lugano, Switzerland. For over 150 years, there was peace in Switzerland. No other country and none of Switzerland's neighbouring nations can look back on such a long period of peace. He didn't know this at that time. He spent his youth in Basel, where he obtained his Matura in 1992 (picture: Year One, Primary School).