General Secretary, Union Industrielle Genevoise (UIG), Geneva
Co-founder and CEO, getAbstract, Lucerne
Co-founder and Board Member, Amphasys AG, Root
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. 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, 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.
Member of the Non Executive Board, Emmi AG, Lucerne
Member of the Non Executive Board, Straumann AG, Basel
Member of the Non Executive Board, Kambly AG, Trubschachen
President of Promarca (swiss association branded goods), Bern
Member of the Board, Marketing association (GfM), Zurich
Member of the Board of Directors, Forbo Holding AG
Member of the Board of Trustees/Vice President, Orpheum Foundation for the Advancement of Young Soloists, Zurich
Member of the Human Rights Watch Komitee, Zurich
Founder and Consultant, CRC4change, Lausanne
Anna Crole-Rees is a member of the executive Board of Swisscontact since October 2007.
She worked 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.
Head Communication & Marketing, Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG, Zurich
Managing Director, Hilti Foundation, Schaan
Owner and CEO, Max Ditting AG;
Initiator project «LokalesWasser.ch», Zurich
Managing Director Chairman’s Office, Swiss Re Management Ltd, Zurich
gwpartner AG, Gutzwiller, Wachsmann Partner, St. Gall
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dätwyler Holding Inc., Altdorf and Sika AG, Baar
President, Hanesco AG, Pfäffikon SZ,
President, Swissmem, Zurich,
Chairman of the Supervisory Board, COMET Holding AG, Flamatt and R&M Holding AG, Wetzikon
Corporate Head of Agriculture, Nestec Ltd., Vevey
General Counsel, Member of the Corporate Executive Committee, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Basle
Member of the Advisory Committee on International Cooperation, Berne
Vice Chairman / Member of various Boards of Directors
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, Ebikon
Member of the Committee of the Board of Directors, economiesuisse, 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.
Managing Director Boyden global executive search, Zurich
Member of the Board of Zug Estates Holding, Kibag, Ameos and other Boards of Directors
Prior to taking the majority ownership of Boyden Switzerland, Armin Meier held several management positions in information technology as well as in travel and transportation. Such as Chief Commercial Officer of Travelport located in London, who operates global distribution systems for the travel industry; Group CEO of Kuoni Travel Holding Ltd, the largest global upmarket tour operator, publicly traded on the Zurich stock exchange; member of the Executive Committee of Migros, the leading retail company in Switzerland, with responsibility for logistics and IT; CEO and President of Atraxis, the independent and globally active IT company of the Swissair Group. In addition, Armin Meier has experience as member of non-executive boards.
Member of the Board of Swiss Post Ltd, Lufthansa Technik AG, Wienerberger AG, Bedag Informatik AG.
Vice President of the Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI, Berne
Partner BLR & Partners AG;
Past President of the Helbling Group
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Georg Utz Holding AG and Riri Group
Board Member of Forbo and other companies
Head of research division Education Systems, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich
Of Counsel, Lustenberger Attorneys-at-Law, Zurich
Chairman of the Board of Directors, ESIMAG Immobilien AG, Zurich;
Member of the Board of Directors, PrognosiX AG, Zurich and Lüchinger+Schmid Gruppe (L+S Holding AG), Kloten
Chairman of the Board of Peter Steiner Holding AG, Zurich
Member of the Board of Directors of Steiner AG, Sogelym Dixence, Lyon (FR)
Head Sponsoring & Donations, Novartis International AG, Basel
Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation
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