Conseil de fondation

Egbert Appel Egbert Appel

Egbert Appel


Trustee Martin Hilti Family Trust, FL-9494 Schaan

President Hilti Foundation, FL-9494 Schaan

Egbert Appel
Nicolas A. Aune Nicolas A. Aune

Nicolas A. Aune


General Secretary, Union Industrielle Genevoise (UIG), 1211 Geneva

Nicolas A. Aune
Rudolf Bärfuss Rudolf Bärfuss

Rudolf Bärfuss


Former Ambassador, 3000 Berne

Rudolf Bärfuss
Thomas Bergen Thomas Bergen

Thomas Bergen


Co-Founder and CEO, getAbstract AG, 6005 Lucerne

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.

Thomas Bergen
Arthur Bolliger Arthur Bolliger

Arthur Bolliger


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.

Arthur Bolliger
Claudia Coninx-Kaczynski Claudia Coninx-Kaczynski

Claudia Coninx-Kaczynski


Member of the Board of Directors, Forbo Holding AG

Member of the Board of Directors, Swisscontent AG

Member of the Board of Trustees, Orpheum Foundation for the Advancement of Young Soloists

Member of the Human Rights Watch Komitee, Zurich

Claudia Coninx-Kaczynski
Dr. Anna Crole-Rees Dr. Anna Crole-Rees

Dr. Anna Crole-Rees


Head of Department and Member of the Executive Management, Agridea, 1001 Lausanne

Founder and Consultant, CRC4change, 1005 Lausanne


Anna Crole-Rees is a member of the executive Board of Swisscontact since October 2007.

She currently works as head of Department «Rural Development, Markets and International Cooperation» and member of the 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 Department. 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.

Dr. Anna Crole-Rees
Marina de Senarclens Marina de Senarclens

Marina de Senarclens


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.

Marina de Senarclens
Béatrice Fischer Béatrice Fischer

Béatrice Fischer


Head Communication & Marketing, Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG, Zurich

Béatrice Fischer
Marc Furrer Marc Furrer

Marc Furrer


Senior Partner of Monti Stampa Furrer Partners, 8008 Zürich


From 2005 until the end of 2016 Marc Furrer was President of the Swiss Federal Communications Commission (ComCom) in Berne. 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).

Marc Furrer
Dr. Urs Grütter Dr. Urs Grütter

Dr. Urs Grütter


Owner and CEO, Max Ditting AG, 8001 Zurich

Initiator project «»

Dr. Urs Grütter
Prof. Dr. Fritz Gutbrodt Prof. Dr. Fritz Gutbrodt

Prof. Dr. Fritz Gutbrodt


Managing Director, Swiss Reinsurance Company, 8022 Zurich

Prof. Dr. Fritz Gutbrodt
Prof. Dr. Thomas A. Gutzwiller Prof. Dr. Thomas A. Gutzwiller

Prof. Dr. Thomas A. Gutzwiller


gwpartner AG, Gutzwiller Wachsmann Partner, 9010 St. Gall

Prof. Dr. Thomas A. Gutzwiller
Hans Hess Hans Hess

Hans Hess


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

Hans Hess
Wilhelm B. Jaggi Wilhelm B. Jaggi

Wilhelm B. Jaggi


Swiss Ambassador to the OECD 2001-2006,

Executive Director of Switzerland at the EBRD 1997-2001

Wilhelm B. Jaggi
Hans Joehr Hans Joehr

Hans Joehr


Corporate Head of Agriculture, Nestec Ltd., 1800 Vevey

Hans Joehr
Dr. Gottlieb A. Keller Dr. Gottlieb A. Keller

Dr. Gottlieb A. Keller


General Counsel, Member of the Corporate Executive Committee, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, 4070 Basel

Dr. Gottlieb A. Keller
Heinrich M. Lanz Heinrich M. Lanz

Heinrich M. Lanz

President Swisscontact

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.

Heinrich M. Lanz
Dr. Christoph Lindenmeyer Dr. Christoph Lindenmeyer

Dr. Christoph Lindenmeyer

Vice President Swisscontact

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.

Dr. Christoph Lindenmeyer
Dr. Bérangère Magarinos-Ruchat Dr. Bérangère Magarinos-Ruchat

Dr. Bérangère Magarinos-Ruchat


Vice President Sustainability Partnerships Firmenich S.A., 1217 Meyrin

Dr. Bérangère Magarinos-Ruchat
Armin Meier Armin Meier

Armin Meier


Managing Director Boyden global executive search, Zurich

Member of the Board of Zug Estates Holding, Kibag, Ameos and other Boards of Directors

Armin Meier
Dr. Myriam Meyer Stutz Dr. Myriam Meyer Stutz

Dr. Myriam Meyer Stutz


Member of the Board of Swiss Post Ltd, Repower AG, Bedag Informatik AG

Vice President of the Commission for Technology and Innovation (KTI)

Dr. Myriam Meyer Stutz
Dr. Reto Müller Dr. Reto Müller

Dr. Reto Müller


Partner of BLR&Partners AG

Past President of the Helbling Group, Zurich

Member of the Board of Directors of Forbo Holding AG, Baar

Georg Utz Holding AG, Riri Group and other companies

Dr. Reto Müller
Dr. Albin Reichlin-Boos Dr. Albin Reichlin-Boos

Dr. Albin Reichlin-Boos


President, University of Applied Sciences, Eastern Switzerland (FHO), 9000 St. Gall

Member Swissuniversities – Rectors conference of Swiss Universities, 3001 Berne

Dr. Albin Reichlin-Boos
Dr. Ursula Renold Dr. Ursula Renold

Dr. Ursula Renold


Head of the education systems research area, KOF economic research department,

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich

Dr. Ursula Renold
Dr. Thomas Sauber Dr. Thomas Sauber

Dr. Thomas Sauber


Of Counsel, Lustenberger Attorneys-at-Law, Zurich

Dr. Thomas Sauber
Elisabeth Schneider-Schneiter Elisabeth Schneider-Schneiter

Elisabeth Schneider-Schneiter


National Councilor, Canton of Basel-Landschaft

Elisabeth Schneider-Schneiter
Peter K. Steiner Peter K. Steiner

Peter K. Steiner


Chairman of the Board of Peter Steiner Holding AG, 8001 Zurich

Member of the Board of Directors of Sogelym Dixence, Lyon (FR)

Peter K. Steiner
Prof. Dr. Ulrich W. Suter Prof. Dr. Ulrich W. Suter

Prof. Dr. Ulrich W. Suter


Professor at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich,

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Prof. Dr. Ulrich W. Suter
Georges Theiler Georges Theiler

Georges Theiler


Entrepreneur, 6000 Lucerne

Member of various Boards of Directors

Georges Theiler
Leopold Jakob Wyss Leopold Jakob Wyss

Leopold Jakob Wyss


Head Sponsoring & Donations, Novartis International AG, 4056 Basel

Leopold Jakob Wyss

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