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Foundation Board

Foundation Board

Thomas Bergen
Thomas Bergen
Arthur Bolliger
Arthur Bolliger
Monique Bourquin
Monique Bourquin
Dr. Anna Crole-Rees
Dr. Anna Crole-Rees
Dr. Paul Hälg
Dr. Paul Hälg
Heinrich M. Lanz (President)
Heinrich M. Lanz (President)
Dr. Christoph Lindenmeyer (Vice-President)
Dr. Christoph Lindenmeyer (Vice-President)
Armin Meier
Armin Meier
Isabelle Welton
Isabelle Welton

Members of the Foundation Board

Nicolas A. Aune
General Secretary, Union Industrielle Genevoise (UIG), Geneva

Thomas Bergen (Member of the Foundation Board)
Co-founder and CEO, getAbstract, Lucerne;
Co-founder and Board Member, Amphasys AG, Root
LinkedIn Xing

Arthur Bolliger (Member of the Foundation Board)
(Resignation 16.05.2019)
President Association Cheira, Teufen

Monique Bourquin (Member of the Foundation Board from 16.05.2019)
Member of the Board of Directors of Emmi AG, Lucerne; Straumann Holding AG, Basel; Kambly SA, Trubschachen; Weleda AG, Arlesheim; President of Promarca, Berne LinkedIn

Claudia Coninx-Kaczynski
Member of the Board of Directors, Forbo Holding AG, Baar, and Swisscontent AG, Zurich; Member of the Board of Trustees/
Vice President Orpheum Foundation for the Advancement of Young Soloists, Zurich; Member of the Board of Trustees, Zoo Stiftung, Zurich; Member of the Human Rights Watch Komitee, Zurich LinkedIn

Dr. Anna Crole-Rees (Member of the Foundation Board)
Founder and Consultant, CRC4change, Lausanne LinkedIn 

Béatrice Fischer
Managing Director BF Advisory & Solutions AG, Erlenbach LinkedIn

Michèle Frey-Hilti
Managing Director, Hilti Family Foundation Liechtenstein,
Schaan (FL)

Dr. Eduard C. Gnesa
Former Special Ambassador for International Migration, Berne

Dr. Urs Grütter
Owner and CEO, Max Ditting AG, Zurich;
Initiator project «LokalesWasser.ch», Zurich

Prof. Dr. Fritz Gutbrodt
Managing Director Chairman’s Office, Swiss Re Management Ltd, Zurich; Member of the Foundation Council of Swiss Re Foundation, Zurich

Prof. Dr. Thomas A. Gutzwiller
gwpartner AG, Gutzwiller, Wachsmann Partner, St. Gall
For further links and mandates interests, view the online annual report. LinkedIn

Dr. Paul Hälg (Member of the Foundation Board from 16.05.2019)
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dätwyler Holding Inc., Altdorf and Sika AG, Baar

Hans Hess
President Hanesco AG, Pfäffikon SZ; President Swissmem, Zurich; Chairman of the Supervisory Board R&M Holding AG, Wetzikon; Vice Chairman of dormakaba Holding AG, Rümlang LinkedIn

Hans Jöhr
Corporate Head of Agriculture, Nestec Ltd., Vevey LinkedIn

Dr. Gottlieb A. Keller
General Counsel, Member of the Corporate Executive Committee, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Basel

Heinrich M. Lanz (Member of the Foundation Board)
Heinrich M. Lanz (Member of the Foundation Board)
Chairman Swisscontact; Member of the Advisory Committee on International Cooperation, Berne; Vice Chairman/Member of various Boards of Directors LinkedIn

Dr. Christoph Lindenmeyer (Member of the Foundation Board)
Vice Chairman Swisscontact (until 16.05.2019);
CEO & CEO & Vice Chairman of the AO Foundation, Davos; Chairman/Member of various Boards of Directors LinkedIn

Armin Meier (Member of the Foundation Board)
Managing Director Boyden global executive search, Zurich
Member of the Board of Zug Estates Holding AG, Zug; Kibag, Zurich; Ameos Group, Zurich and other Boards of Directors. LinkedIn

Dr. Myriam Meyer Stutz
Member of the Supervisory Board of KUKA AG, Buchs, of Lufthansa Technik AG, Hamburg (D), of Wienerberger AG, Wien (AT), and of Bedag Informatik AG, Wettingen. LinkedIn

Dr. Reto Müller
Partner BLR & Partners AG, Thalwil; Past President of the Helbling Group, Zürich; Chairman of the Board of Directors of Georg Utz Holding AG, Bremgarten, and Riri Group, Mendrisio; Board Member of Forbo, Baar, and other companies. LinkedIn

Prof. Dr. Ursula Renold
Chair of Education Systems, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich. LinkedIn

Dr. Manuel Rybach (from 16.05.2019)
Global Head of Public Affairs and Policy, Credit Suisse and Managing Director, Credit Suisse Foundation LinkedIn 


Dr. Thomas Sauber
Of Counsel, Lustenberger Attorneys-at-Law, Zurich

Ruedi Schmid
Chairman of the Board of Directors, ESIMAG Immobilien AG, Zurich; Zurich and Airport Taxi Zürich Kloten AG, Kloten; Member of the Board of Directors, PrognosiX AG, Zurich; Member of the Board of Trustees Zoo Stiftung Zürich; Vice President of HANDELSchweiz (Trading Switzerland), Basel

Peter K. Steiner (passed away 02.09.2019)
Chairman of the Board of Peter Steiner Holding AG, Zurich; Member of the Board of Directors of Steiner AG, Sogelym Dixence, Lyon (FR)

Georges Theiler
Entrepreneur, Lucerne

Isabelle Welton (Member of the Foundation Board
from 16.05.2019)  Vice Chair Swisscontact (from 06.11.2019); Entrepreneur and Member of various Boards, Zug; Member of the Board AG für die Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zurich; Member of the Board of Trustees of the Stiftung SOS-Kinderdorf Schweiz, Berne LinkedIn

Leopold Wyss
Head Sponsoring & Donations,
Novartis International AG, Basel LinkedIn Xing


PricewaterhouseCoopers AG, Zurich

Executive Board

Florian Meister,
Director Operations & Quality
Samuel Bon,
CEO und Executive Director;
 Philippe Schneuwly,
Director Partners & Clients;
Anne Bickel,
Director People & Learning;
Peter Bissegger,
 Director Products & Solutions;
Stefan Schneider,
Director Finance & Technology;
(from left)

Head of Departments

Francine Thurnher, Director Corporate Affairs & Communication

Annette Altvater, Head of Knowledge Exchange

Silvan Ziegler, Head of Acquisitions

Béatrice Horn, Head of Corporate Finance

Adrian Stauffer, Head of Controlling

Michael Fink, Head of Monitoring and Results Measurement

Beni Lang, Director Global Programmes

Eliane Herrmann, Head of Development Programme

Gabriela Schafroth, Head of Client and Partner Relationships

(from left)

Regional Directors

Alexandre Boin, Director Region Central and East Africa;

Sven Gehlhaar, Director Region Latin America and Carribbean;

Stephanie Dreifuss, Director North and West Africa;

Prashant Rana, Director Region South East Asia;

Beni Lang, Director Global Programmes;

Henry Leerentveld, Director Region Eastern Europe;

Manish Pandey, Director Region South Asia

(from left)

Governance und Compliance

Swisscontact is committed to principles of good governance for responsible management, control, and communication. The Foundation adheres to the principles set out in the ZEWO standards and fulfils the Swiss GAAP FER 21 guidelines for charitable and social non-profit organisations.

Our corporate governance principles are specified in various documents; these include our Foundation Certificate, Rules of Organisation and Code of Conduct. In 2019 a Whistleblowing Guideline was added.


Revision of the statutes and rules of organisation 

Our statutes have remained largely unchanged since 1996. At its session on 16 May 2019, the Foundation Council passed a revised version, with the objective of reducing the statutes to a minimum and working out details in the Rules of Organisation. This revision also provided the possibility to update terminology. Accordingly, the purpose of the organisation, which had not changed since being founded, was not adapted in terms of content. However, its wording was modified to reflect today’s activities and fine-tuned ever so slightly. Now the possibility to establish private subsidiaries is specified explicitly. Likewise, a new clause was added to the statutes on the renewal and diversity of the Foundation Council as well as imposing a term limit of 12 years for all Council members (this had applied previously only to members of the Foundation Board). The new statutes in the meantime have been approved by the Swiss Federal Supervisory Board for Foundations

Our Rules of Organisation are based on the statutes and have undergone revision as well. The tasks and skills of the Executive Board have been rendered clearer and more straightforward. Both the Finance and Audit Committee and Nomination and Remunerations Committee are now described and regulated in the Rules of Organisation for the first time. The tasks and skills of the Executive Board have undergone revision and been adapted to reflect today’s context, as have the passages on rules and tools for management. The stipulations regarding subsidiaries (e.g. Swisscontact Services AG and Swisscontact North America Ltd.) have been updated to reflect current realities. The reference to the Swiss NPO-Code was removed as it no longer exists.

Swisscontact Services AG

The Swisscontact Foundation is the 100% shareholder of an incorporated company, headquartered in Zürich, and in accordance with Art. 620 et seq. of the Swiss Code of Obligations. The company's activities are subsidiary to the charitable activities of Swisscontact, i.e. it only becomes active to the extent that the Foundation does not wish or is unable to perform a task within the scope of the foundation’s purpose. The company provides services and takes on specific tasks – particularly for studies, consultancies, trainings and project implementation. The company may decide to pay out dividends to support the non-profit Swisscontact Foundation and only to the Foundation. In turn, the Foundation can use the dividends only for non-profit purposes. In 2019, Swisscontact‘s Services AG entity acquired the Springfield Centre for Development (SFC) in England. SFC remains an independent subsidiary.


Swisscontact is committed to reporting on its activities accurately and transparently. Our website explains our mission, strategic focus and work – clearly and comprehensively. We remain committed to reliable and transparent financial reporting, with the financial report publicly available on our website.


All employees are bound by legal regulations and our internal guidelines. Compliance with the Swisscontact Code of Conduct is mandatory for all members of the Foundation Board, employees and subcontractors. Internal rules, processes, proven methods and procedures are accessible to all Swisscontact employees via our Intranet.

Risk management

Swisscontact is committed to developing its internal risk management system continuously in order to minimise risks. With an IT-based, comprehensive project management tool, the standards of quality, costs, deadlines and project risks can be checked regularly. Furthermore, risks and controlling are monitored at both the country and organisational levels, and this is where the Management Board can react quickly and decisively if necessary. The Foundation Board and an external auditor review the risk management and internal controlling system each year.


The abilities and readiness for action of our employees are decisive for our projects’ ability to achieve sustainable impact, as well as our long-term success. As an attractive employer, Swisscontact invests in a positive management and work culture. This is defined by our fundamental understanding of development intended to serve not only our beneficiaries in project countries but our employees as well.

Swisscontact – Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation

We are a leading partner organisation for the implementation of international development projects.

Founded in 1959 and registered under Swiss law, we are an independent non-profit organisation. We are politically and denominationally neutral.


Our Mission

We promote inclusive economic, social and ecological development to make an effective contribution towards sustainable and widespread prosperity in developing and emerging economies. With this objective in mind, we offer the chance to economically and socially disadvantaged people to improve their lives on their own initiative.


What we do

  • We strengthen the competencies of people, improving their employability.
  • We increase the competitiveness of enterprises, growing their business.
  • We foster social and economic systems,  promoting inclusive development.   


What we offer

  • Project Implementation
  • Advisory Services
  • Training 
  • Applied Research

ZEWO-Seal of approval: Swisscontact was awarded the Seal of Approval from ZEWO. It is awarded to non-profit organisations for the conscientious handling of money entrusted to them, proves appropriate, economical and effective allocation of donations and stands for transparent and trustworthy organisations with functioning control structures that uphold ethics in the procurement of funds and communication. Swisscontact is regularly audited on the adherence to these criteria. (Source: ZEWO)

Swisscontact is a member of Transparency International and UN Global Compact.

Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation
Hardturmstrasse 123
CH-8005 Zurich

Tel. +41 44 454 17 17
Fax +41 44 454 17 97
E-Mail info@STOP-SPAM.swisscontact.org