Board of Trustees

Egbert Appel Egbert Appel

Egbert Appel


Trustee Martin Hilti Family Trust, Schaan FL,

President Hilti Foundation, Schaan FL

Egbert Appel
Nicolas A. Aune Nicolas A. Aune

Nicolas A. Aune


General Secretary, Union Industrielle Genevoise (UIG), Geneva

Nicolas A. Aune
Rudolf Bärfuss Rudolf Bärfuss

Rudolf Bärfuss


Former Swiss Ambassador, 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 and Swisscontent 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

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


Managing Director, Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG

Béatrice Fischer
Dr. Urs Grütter Dr. Urs Grütter

Dr. Urs Grütter


Owner and CEO, Max Ditting AG;

Initiator project «», Zurich

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

Prof. Dr. Fritz Gutbrodt


Managing Director Chairman’s Office, Swiss Re Management Ltd, 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, St. Gall

Prof. Dr. Thomas A. Gutzwiller
Dr. Paul Hälg Dr. Paul Hälg

Dr. Paul Hälg


Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dätwyler Holding Inc., Altdorf and Sika AG, Baar

Dr. Paul Hälg
Hans Hess Hans Hess

Hans Hess


President, Hanesco AG, Pfäffikon SZ,

President, Swissmem, Zurich,

Chairman of the Supervisory Board, COMET Holding AG, Flamatt and R&M Holding AG, Wetzikon

Hans Hess
Michèle Hilti Michèle Hilti

Michèle Hilti


Managing Director, Hilti Foundation, Schaan

Michèle Hilti
Hans Jöhr Hans Jöhr

Hans Jöhr


Corporate Head of Agriculture, Nestec Ltd., Vevey

Hans Jöhr
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, Basle

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., 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, Lufthansa Technik AG, Wienerberger AG, Bedag Informatik AG.

Vice President of the Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI, Berne

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

Dr. Reto Müller


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

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

Dr. Albin Reichlin-Boos


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

Member Swissuniversities – Rectors conference of Swiss Universities, Berne

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

Dr. Ursula Renold


Head of research division Education Systems, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, 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
Rudolf O. Schmid Rudolf O. Schmid

Rudolf O. Schmid


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

Rudolf O. Schmid
Peter K. Steiner Peter K. Steiner

Peter K. Steiner


Chairman of the Board of Peter Steiner Holding AG, Zurich

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

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

Prof. Dr. Ulrich W. Suter


Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Department of Materials Science, Zurich

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

Georges Theiler


Entrepreneur, Lucerne

Georges Theiler
Leopold Jakob Wyss Leopold Jakob Wyss

Leopold Jakob Wyss


Head Sponsoring & Donations, Novartis International AG, Basel

Leopold Jakob Wyss

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