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 Foundation Board. 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.
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
Monique Bourquin holds a degree of business and economics of the university of St. Gallen and has been on the board of the Swisscontact Foundation since 2019. For the last few years, she has been working as a non-executive director in companies like Emmi AG, Straumann Holding AG, Kambly SA and Weleda AG and is a lecturer at ETHZ for the executive MAS Program in ‘change management’. Prior to her non-executive roles, she started her career at PWC before joining various FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) companies, where she worked mainly in marketing and sales functions. Her last roles were with Unilever, where she was Country Manager of Switzerland before working as CFO in Hamburg for the DACH region, till 2016.
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 Foundation 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.
Owner and Managing Director BF Advisory & Solutions AG
Member of the Board of Trustees, Hilti Foundation, Schaan
Former Special Ambassador for International Migration, Berne
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
Member of the Advisory Committee on International Cooperation, Berne
Vice Chairman / Member of various Boards of Directors
Heinrich M. Lanz became Chairman of the Foundation Board 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.
President, Zurich Chamber of Commerce, Zurich
Member of the Board, economiesuisse, Zurich
Member of the Board of Trustees, Center for Corporate Responsability and Sustainability (CCRS), Zurich
Board member of B-Lab, Geneva
CEO and Vice-Chairman, AO Foundation, Davos
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.
Partner, BLR & Partners AG, Zurich
Chairman Sunrise Communications Group AG, Zurich
Chairman Stoosbahnen AG, Stoos
Chairman, CelciusPro AG, Zurich
Boardmember Osterwalder AG, Lyss
Boardmember Noser Group AG, Zurich
Thomas D. Meyer, Swiss-citizen and born and raised in Central Switzerland, studied Business Administration at HSG University of St.Gallen. After that, he joined Accenture AG (formerly Arthur Andersen AG) in it’s Zurich office. Thomas gained experiences in consulting, technology and operations services across several industry sectors, with a focus on insurance, banking and the automotive industries. He was elected partner and managing director in 2000 and became CEO and Country Managing Director of Accenture Switzerland in 2003. He furthermore was responsible for the Accenture Insurance Sector in Europe, Africa and Latin America, and he founded and led Accenture Digital in the German-speaking area. Thomas D. Meyer retired from Accenture End of May 2020. He continues to be a member of Economisuisse and the foundation board of Avenirsuisse. Thomas joined Swisscontact’s Foundation Council in 2020 and is a member of the Foundation Board.
Member of the Supervisory Board of KUKA AG
Member of the Supervisory Board of Lufthansa Technik AG
Member of the Supervisory Board of Wienerberger AG
Member of the Supervisory Board of Bedag Informatik AG
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
Global Head of Public Affairs and Policy - Managing Director, Credit Suisse, 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
Owner, Rubidia GmbH Culture & Change Consulting
Member of the Board of Directors, AG für die Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, Lucerne Festival
Member of the Board of Trustees, SOS-Kinderdorf Schweiz
Head Sponsoring & Donations, Novartis International AG, Basel
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