21st Century - Sociology

Min Li Marti

Min Li Marti (born 1 June 1974 in Bern) is a Swiss sociologist, historian, publisher and politician of the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland (SP).

Early life and career

Min Li Marti was born in Bern as the daughter of her refugee Chinese mother and a Swiss father, and grew up in Olten. In 1995, she moved to Zürich, where she completed her studies in sociology, journalism, social and economic history at the University of Zurich in 2000. In 2004 she co-founded the production company “Das Kollektiv für audiovisuelle Werke GmbH”. From 2012 to 2015, Marti worked as a Senior Consultant for the Kampagnenforum and a communications agency. As columnist of the free newspaper 20 Minuten, Marti became known to a wider public. Since the end of 2014, she has been the editor-in-chief of the weekly newspaper P.S. based in Zürich.[1]

Political career and mandatory work

Marti’s political career began in the association of students of the University of Zurich (VSUZH). From 2002 to 2015 she represented the districts 4 and 5 for the SP political party in the Zürich city parliament (Gemeinderat). Working for the Zürich Film Foundation, she advised SP politicians, and from 2000 to 2004, she was party secretary of the SP of the Canton of Zurich, where she was responsible for the cantonal election campaign. From 2008 to 2010, she led the campaigns as central secretary at the Swiss Union of Public Service Personnel, and in 2011, together with Andrea Sprecher, organized the SP’s national election campaign. From 2009 to 2015 she chaired the SP Group and the Intergroup Commission (IFC). Min Li Marti is a member of the local SP board of directors. At the 2015 Swiss National Council elections, she was elected for the SP, where she is a member of the Commission for Science, Education and Culture (WBK).[1]

Personal life

Marti is married to the Swiss politician Balthasar Glättli and lives in Zürich-Wipkingen.[3][2] According to the two politicians, her daughter, born on 24 January 2018, is the first baby whose parents are members of the National Council at the same time. Until the spring session at the end of February 2018, Marti and Glättli took parental leave; Marti continued her maternity leave[4] by end of spring 2018.

Film production

Marti also produces three movies, among them two short films and the 2010 documentary Guru: Bhagwan, His Secretary & His Bodyguard as associate producer.[5] She is member of the Das Kollektiv, a film production company based in Zürich.[6]


  1. Jump up to:a b c “Min Li Marti: Über mich” (in German). Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  2. Jump up to:a b Hohler, Stefan (20 October 2015). “Ein Polit-Ehepaar im Nationalrat”Tages Anzeiger. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  3. ^ “Lebenslauf Balthasar Glättli” (in German). balthasar-glaettli.ch. 9 May 2009. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  4. ^ “Nationalräte Marti und Glättli sind jetzt Eltern”Tages Anzeiger. 27 January 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  5. ^ “GURU – Bhagwan, His Secretary & His Bodyguard”SRF CH-Filmszene. 27 September 2018. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  6. ^ “Team”Das Kollektiv. Retrieved 10 December 2018.

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