Trustee Martin Hilti Family Trust, FL-9494 Schaan
President Hilti Foundation, FL-9494 Schaan
General Secretary, Union Industrielle Genevoise (UIG), 1211 Geneva
Former Ambassador, 3000 Berne
Co-Founder and CEO, getAbstract AG, 6005 Luzern
Co-Founder and Member of the Board, Amphasys AG, 6039 Root
Member of the Board of Trustees, Stiftung für die Klöster Einsiedeln und Fahr, 8840 Einsiedeln
Thomas Bergen got his business and economics degree from the University of St. Gallen and was vice president of Migrosbank, the fifth largest bank in Switzerland. Since 1999, he is co-founder and CEO of getAbstract, a multinational company that provides compressed business knowledge to managers around the world.
In 2016 Thomas joined Swisscontact’s Committee of the Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the foundation council of the famous monastery in Einsiedeln. Thomas supports businesses in their start-up phase and engages as lecturer on business relevant topics at diverse institutions and conferences, such as the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Board Member, Banque Cramer & Cie SA, Geneva
Board Member, Klingelnberg AG, Zurich
Arthur Bolliger, a Swiss citizen born in 1948, has been with the Maerki Baumann Group, Zurich, for almost a quarter of a century. From 1989 – 2008 as CEO Maerki Baumann Private Bank and from 2009 to 2011 as Chairman of its subsididary InCore Bank AG. Bolliger retired a the end of 2011. Today, he is a non-executive board member of a number of financial and industrial companies, e.g. Banque Cramer & Cie SA, Geneva, Klingelnberg AG, Zurich and a Family Office. He is also committed as a trustee to Swisscontact, and as member oft he Advisory Board oft he Zurich University oft he Fine Arts.
Bolliger is a member of CEO (Chief Executives’ Organization) and of Rotary. His hobbies include modern literature, art, history and classical music. His mother tongue is German. He also speaks English, French, Italian and has some knowledge of Spanish.
Founder and Consultant, CRC4change, 1005 Lausanne
Head of Department and Member of the Excutive Management, Agridea
Anna Crole-Rees is a member of the executive Board of Swisscontact since October 2007.
She currently works as head of Dept « Rural Development, Markets and International Cooperation » and member of the excutive management (or management team) at Agridea, Lausanne. Prior to that, she held senior positions at CRC4change, a consultancy firm active in international development, at Agroscope as head of a research programm and Prometerre as head of Dept. She is also a lecturer at ETHZ on development economics. She holds a Dr. es natural sciences from the Swiss Federal lnstitute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ), Switzerland, a MSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Reading, England and a Diploma in Change Management from the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
Honorary President of Senarclens, Leu + Partner AG, 8032 Zurich
Founder of IngCH Swiss Engineers Shape our Future, 8032 Zurich
Co-founder of the Group of Fifteen, 8032 Zurich
Marina de Senarclens founded her own company in 1983. Since then, the company has focused on strategic communication and projects in technology, science, education and promotion of engineering studies at Swiss High Schools. Her team has carried out several studies on education and economic subjects related to energy as well as gender issues. She is founder of the association “Engineers Shape our Future” (1987), the association of women engineers (1991) as well as “Natech Education” (2006). In the eighties, she founded the national policy association “agir pour demain” and contributed to the foundation of “Group of Fifteen”, a think tank focussing on the real estate economy.
Marina de Senarclens is member of the executive board of Forum VERA (responsible for the enabling disposal of nuclear waste) and member of the board of the foundation Enterprise. She is author of several publications on communication, social responsibility (Sozialbilanzen) and lCT as well as of the book “Software Szene Schweiz” (1984). She was granted the title of “Ehrenrätin der ETH Zürich” in 2007 for her commitment to the promotion of engineering studies.
2016 Marina has been elected as Honorary President of Senarclens, Leu + Partner AG, Zurich.
Head Communication & Marketing, Swiss Universal Bank Division, Credit-Suisse AG, 8070 Zurich
Senior Partner of Monti Stampa Furrer Partners, 8008 Zürich
Marc Furrer is President of the Federal Communications Commission (ComCom) since 2005. In 2015 he was Vice-President IRG/BEREC (Independent Regulators Group, the body of European telecom regulators). Between 2008 and 2012 he was also head of the Postal Regulation Authority (PostReg). During this period he was head of the Swiss delegation to the 2012 Universal Postal Congress in Doha with the title of State Secretary. In 2008 he was elected president of the Swiss National Ice Hockey League. Since autumn 2012 he is President of the board of the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation.
He has been a lecturer on communication law and communication market at the University of
St. Gallen since 2006. In 2007 he was president of FRATEL (the telecom regulation network of French-speaking countries) and in 2003 and 2005 he led the Swiss Delegation to the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva and Tunis. He negotiated the action plan amongst all countries. After studying law at the University of Bern and passing the bar exam, he worked at Radio DRS, first as head of consumer programs and then as parliamentary correspondent.
He went on to become personal advisor to Federal Councillor Adolf Ogi and between 1992 and 2004 he was Director General of the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM).
Until the end of 2016 he was the President of the Swiss Federal Communications Commission (ComCom) in Berne.
Owner and CEO, Max Ditting AG, 8001 Zurich
President of the Supervisory Board, Organic Bamboo Industries AG, 9000 St. Gall
Managing Director, Swiss Reinsurance Company, 8022 Zurich
gwpartner AG, Gutzwiller Wachsmann Partner, 9010 St. Gall
President, Hanesco AG, 8808 Pfäffikon SZ
President, Swissmem, 8005 Zurich
President of the Supervisory Board, COMET Holding AG, 3175 Flamatt
President of the Supervisory Board, R&M Holding AG, 8620 Wetzikon
Swiss Ambassador to the OECD 2001-2006,
Executive Director of Switzerland at the EBRD 1997-2001
Corporate Head of Agriculture, Nestec Ltd., 1800 Vevey
General Counsel, Member of the Corporate Executive Committee, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, 4070 Basel
Member of the Advisory Committee on International Cooperation, 3003 Bern
Board Member of various mid-sized industrial companies
Heinrich M. Lanz became President of the Board of Trustees of Swisscontact in 2012. Since beginning of 2016 he is a member of the Consultative Commission on International Cooperation, an extra-parliamentary committee consulting the Federal Council in matters of Switzerland’s International Cooperation activities. Heinrich Lanz is also member of various Boards of Directors in mid-sized industrial companies. Before taking early retirement in 2009 he was Group CEO of Conzzeta, a stock-listed industrial conglomerate. He received his management education at IMD Lausanne, holds a Post-Graduate degree in International Development from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and a Master degree in Electrical Engineering from ETH.
Chairman of the Board of Schindler Management AG, 6030 Ebikon
Vice-President Swissmem, 8005 Zurich
Member of the Committee of the Board of Directors, economiesuisse, 8032 Zurich
Chairman/Member of various Boards of Directors
Christoph Lindenmeyer, Dr. iur., MBA INSEAD; born in Switzerland in 1953.
He has been active in Swiss Economic Politics for many years and he is Chairman of the International Economic Relations Commission of economiesuisse, Vice Chairman of Swissmem (Association of the Machining Industry), Member of the Executive Committee of the Swiss Innovation Park and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Swisscontact. Professionally Christoph joined the Schindler Group in 1983 and held many different positions since, among others CFO North America and President EMIA, which includes India. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Schindler Management AG. He is also Chairman of the Board of three other Swiss Corporations, among others of the Ammann Group, which is present in India with Ammann Apollo India. Christoph is married and has two sons. He lives in Zug Switzerland.
Vice President Sustainability Partnerships, Firmenich
Managing Director Boyden Switzerland, 8002 Zürich and 1204 Geneva
Member of the Board of Swiss Post Ltd, Wienerberger AG, Repower AG, Bedag Informatik AG
Vice President of the Commission for Technology and Innovation (KTI)
Partner of BLR&Partners AG
Founding Partner and former CEO and Chairman of Helbling Group, Zurich
Member of the Board of Directors of Forbo Holding AG, Baar
Member of various Boards of Directors
President, University of Applied Sciences, Eastern Switzerland (FHO), 3012 Berne
Member Swissuniversities – Rectors conference of Swiss Universities, 3001 Berne
Head of the education systems research area, KOF economic research department, ETH Zurich
National Councilor, Canton of Basel-Landschaft
Chairman of the Board of Peter Steiner Holding AG, 8001 Zurich
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Department of Materials, Zurich
Entrepreneur, 6000 Lucerne
Member of various Boards of Directors
Head Sponsoring & Donations, Novartis International AG, 4056 Basel
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