Etienne Schneider was born on 29 January 1971 in Dudelange.
Education and qualifications
Following secondary school studies at the Lycée technique Nic Biever in Dudelange and subsequently the Lycée technique d’Esch-sur-Alzette, Etienne Schneider pursued higher education studies at the Institut catholique des hautes études commerciales (ICHEC) in Brussels and at Greenwich University in London, where he was awarded a degree in commercial and financial sciences in 1995.
Etienne Schneider was appointed Minister of the Economy and Foreign Trade on 1 February 2012.
Other political posts
From 1995 to 2005, Etienne Schneider was a municipal councillor in Kayl.
From 1997 to 2004, he assumed the role of secretary general of the parliamentary group of the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party (LSAP) in Parliament.
Following the municipal elections of 2005, he was elected first alderman of the municipality of Kayl, a mandate he held until May 2010.
From 1995 to 1996, Etienne Schneider was a research assistant at the European Parliament in Brussels.
From 1996 to 1997, he assumed the role of economist for the parliamentary group of the LSAP in Parliament.
In 1997, he served as a project leader with NATO in Brussels.
Following the legislative elections in 2004, Etienne Schneider was appointed government advisor to the Ministry of the Economy and Foreign Trade, responsible primarily for the Directorates of Energy, E-Commerce and Internet Security.
In 2009, he was appointed senior government advisor to the Ministry of the Economy and Foreign Trade, responsible for the Directorates of Economic Development, Infrastructures and Energy. In 2011, he assumed responsibility for the Directorate General of Economic Development, Industry and Businesses.
Upon proposal of the government and in light of his roles within the Ministry of the Economy and Foreign Trade, Etienne Schneider became a member of the executive board of several companies. In 2005, he was appointed chairman and managing director of the Société électrique de l’Our (SEO). Having led the negotiations that resulted in the creation of the company Enovos in 2010, Etienne Schneider, chairman of the executive board of Cegedel SA since 2004, was then appointed chairman of Enovos International SA and Enovos Deutschland AG. He was also appointed chairman and managing director of grid company Creos in 2010.
In late 2010, he assumed the role of vice-chairman of the National Credit and Investment Company (Société nationale de crédit et d’investissement – SNCI).
Upon being appointed minister, Etienne Schneider resigned from all the above posts.