Olivier Küttel studied physics and mathematics and got a PhD in plasma physics from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. After a Post-Doc in Montreal, Canada, he worked many years in the field of nanotechnology and surface science. In fall 2000 he became the first director of the newly created Swiss information network for European research and innovation programs, Euresearch. Beside coordinating activities and managing the organization, Olivier Küttel was involved in many different EU project of National Contact Points (NCP) and of international cooperation (INCO-NET). Since August 2012 he is the head and delegate to the President for European Public Affairs at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL in Switzerland.
Olivier Küttel was involved in different expert groups and evaluation committees mandated by the European Commission.