Reto Steiner is dean at the ZHAW School of Management and Law in Winterthur/Zurich (Switzerland). Additionally, he teaches at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, the University of Bern and at the ETH Zurich.

He has extensively published on the management of agencies, state-owned enterprises, decentralization and local governance and serves on various international academic boards.
The Scholar worked as a senior lecturer, professor and member of the management board at the Center of Competence for Public Management at the University of Bern (2002-2016), as a managing director at the Swiss Institute for Public Management (2016-2017) and as a Contract Professor for Strategic Management in the Public Sector at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (2016-2018). He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong in 2013.

In 2022, Reto Steiner is the Chair of the European Academy of Management (EURAM) Conference. During the second semester of the academic year 2019/2020, the scholar is a Visiting Professor for Global Governance at the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy).