Speakers

 
 
 
 

Katherine Milligan

Director and Head of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

Katherine Milligan is the Director and Head of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. She received her B.A. from Dartmouth College and her Master’s in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, where she was the recipient of the Pforzheimer Scholarship for Excellence in Nonprofit Management. 

Katherine’s previous work experience includes a Sheldon Knox Research Fellowship at Harvard University (2004-2005); a Global Leadership Fellow of the World Economic Forum (2005-2009). Before that she was a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa and a strategy consultant for several non-profits.

Her work has been published in the International Institute of Economics, Stanford Social Innovation Review, MIT journal Innovations, and the Harvard Business School.

Nan Buzard

Head of Innovation, International Committee of the Red Cross

Nan Buzard is the Head of Innovation at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) where she drives the organization’s overall innovation agenda to address strategic innovation challenges in an “out-of-the-box” mode.
She received her Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and was in leading positions at the UNHCR, Red Cross US and the ICVA (International Council of Voluntary Agencies).

Nan has led successful relief and recovery efforts following the devastating earthquakes that struck Sichuan, China, and Port au Prince, Haiti and was among the first international responders following the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

Prof. Dr. Ernst Hafen

Deputy Head of Institute for Molecular Systems Biology at ETH Zurich

Ernst Hafen obtained his PhD at the University of Basel in 1983 and joined the University of Zurich as a professor in 1987. From 2005 to 2006 he served as president of ETH Zurich. Since 2005 he holds a professorship at the Institute of Molecular Systems Biology at ETH Zurich. He has received several prizes and has served on the Editorial Boards of various journals and scientific committees.

He is a co-founder of evalueSCIENCE, and, in 2012 acted as a founding member of the Association Data and Health. Ernst Hafen serves as the president of the Biotechnopark Zürich-Schlieren. In 2009 he initiated together with colleagues from the Leiden Medical Center and Oxford University the EU Regions of Knowledge Project Health Technology and Economic Success (HealthTIES). He participated in developing novel assessment instruments to measure productivity and efficiency of the different regions in Research, Technology Transfer and Industry Output.

Kamal Ahmad

Founder of the Asian University for Women

Kamal Ahmad is the founder of the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh and president and CEO of the Asian University for Women Support Foundation. He served on the staff of the World Bank, the Rockefeller Foundation and UNICEF prior to entering law school. While practicing law with the New York law firm of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, he also conceived and co-directed the World Bank/UNESCO Task Force on Higher Education & Society.

He is a recipient of a number of awards including United Nations Gold Peace Medal & Citation Scroll, given by the Paul G. Hoffman Awards Fund for “outstandingly significant work in national and international development”; Time magazine College Achievement Award which cited him as “one of 20 most outstanding undergraduates in the nation”; Global Leader for Tomorrow Award from the World Economic Forum; and the John Phillips Award from his alma mater the Phillips Exeter Academy.

He holds a B.A. from Harvard College and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Michael Alberg-Seberich

Managing Director at Beyond Philanthropy

Michael Alberg-Seberich is Managing Director at Beyond Philanthropy and Managing Partner at Active Philanthropy. He heads the advisory work of Beyond Philanthropy and handles all questions relating to philanthropy, CSR and impact investing.

Before joining Beyond and Active Philanthropy, Michael held various operative positions at the Bertelsmann Foundation. He was a Project Manager in the field of Democracy, Human Rights and Tolerance Education and for strategy development in politics and federalism reform.

Michael studied North American Studies, Anthropology and International Law at the University of Bonn and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. After his graduation, he worked as language and cultural affairs lecturer at the University of Oxford. Michael regularly writes for Alliance Magazine, Center for Effective Philanthropy and other blogs.

Nicholas Arnold

Research Assistant at the Center for Philanthropy Studies (CEPS)

Nicholas Arnold, MA, studied business and economics at the University of Basel and socio-economics at the University of Geneva. Since 2017, he has been working at the Center for Philanthropy Studies (CEPS) as a PhD student and research assistant in research, further education, teaching and communication.

Before joining the CEPS, he worked as research assistant in the Department of Sociology at the University of Zurich. In the past, he has been active in the areas of journalism and internal communication and as part of his two-year stay in South America, he also worked for the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation in Ecuador, mainly in the area of policy research.

His research focus is on the interaction between nonprofit organizations and companies.

Silvia Bastante de Unverhau

Managing Director at Co-Impact

Silvia Bastante de Unverhau is a Managing Director with Co-Impact focusing on partnerships and strategy. In that role she develops partnerships globally for the organization and helps to mobilize philanthropic funding to support Co-Impact’s goals. She is a global philanthropy expert and senior advisor, with close to 20 years of experience working across the business, non-profit, international development, and government sectors.

Silvia is the former Global Head of Philanthropy Advisory at UBS where she led a team of specialists helping wealthy families realize their philanthropic aspirations. In that role, she created the largest community of billionaire and UHNW philanthropists and social impact investors with over 400 members worldwide.

Silvia graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) with a bachelor’s degree in Government and Economics, and holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) in Cambridge, MA where she was also distinguished as a Mason Fellow. 

Michael Bzdak

Global Director of Employee Engagement at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Global Community Impact (GCI)

As executive director on the Global Community Impact team at Johnson & Johnson, Michael Bzdak manages the Corporation’s employee engagement strategy and has previously led Johnson & Johnson’s health care workforce strengthening efforts. He also manages the Corporation’s philanthropic support for K-12 education, including a signature school-to-career program.

Michael has been an employee of Johnson & Johnson since 1990. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Rutgers University. Michael is now a visiting part-time lecturer in the School of Communication and Information Studies at Rutgers University and an adjunct faculty member at New York University.

Olivia Chang

Video Journalist at CNNMoney Switzerland

Olivia Chang works as a video journalist for CNNMoney. Before joining CNNMoney Switzerland, Olivia Chang did an internship with the CNNMoney team in New York, where she produced videos and content for the business news app "CNN MoneyStream".

Born in Australia, she began her journalistic career as deputy editor for the North Sydney Times. Afterwards she worked as a weekend editor at "Business Insider Australia" in Sydney, where she became a newsroom producer. In 2017 she successfully completed her Master of Science in Journalism at Columbia University in New York.

Olivia Chang speaks English, Cantonese, Mandarin and German.

PD Dr. Conradin Cramer

Member of the Government of the Canton Basel-Stadt

PD Dr. Conradin Cramer, LL.M., was born in 1979 and studied law at the University of Basel, the University of Freiburg in Germany and the University of California, Berkeley. From 2007 to 2017, he has been working as an attorney and civil law notary. From 2012, he has been a visiting lecturer for private law at the University of Basel.

He was a member of the Communal Parliament for the commune of Riehen and sat on the Cantonal Parliament of the Canton of Basel-Stadt for twelve years, serving as President from 2013–2014.

Since 2017, he has served as a member of the government of the Canton of Basel-Stadt and heads the Department of Education. Conradin Cramer has been a member of the University Council of the University of Basel since 2017.

Beate Eckhardt

Executive Director of SwissFoundations

Beate Eckhardt is Managing Director of SwissFoundations, the Association of Swiss
Funding foundations. SwissFoundations is committed to the exchange of knowledge and experience, good governance, professionalism and an effective use of foundation funds in the foundation system.

Before Beate Eckhardt became head of SwissFoundations she was a freelance communication and project manager with a focus on education, culture, as well as architecture and urban development.

Beate Eckhardt holds a degree in German Linguistics and Literature from the University of Zurich and studied social and economic history. In 2004 she completed a Master of Science in Communications Management EMScom at the University of Lugano and the UCLA.

Rosa Gallego García

Director of International Relations, Regional Councils and Finance at Asociación Española de Fundaciones

Rosa Gallego García has studied Business Administration at Universidad Complutense, Madrid (Spain) with a semester of International Business Studies at the Hanzehogeschool in Groningen (The Netherlands).

Her professional experience started at AFS (American Field Service) an international association in the field of education, where she lead a project to promote intercultural education in the Spanish Educational system.

Between 1999 and 2001, Rosa held the position of Secretary General of the International Young Nature Friends in Brussels, an international non-profit youth organisation with members in more than 19 European countries. 

Since 2001, Rosa has worked as director of the Spanish Association of Foundations, a membership association with 1,000 members that represents and advocates for foundations in Spain. She is responsible for the international activities of the Association as well as for the regional groups.

She has served as Chairperson of DAFNE (Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe) which gathers 24 associations of foundations and funders from across Europe, representing over 6,000 foundations.

Rosa is involved in various initiatives regarding data gathering of the foundation sector in Spain, where the Spanish Association of Foundations is the leading organisation in the field. She is an expert of foundations accountancy norms and participates in specific groups related with the matter.

Theresa Gehringer

Research Assistant at the Center for Philanthropy Studies (CEPS)

Theresa Gehringer has been working as a research assistant and PhD student at the Center for Philanthropy Studies since 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration of the University of Bayreuth and a Master of Science in Sustainable Development of the University of Basel. Theresa is currently involved in several consulting and research projects within the interdisciplinary research agenda of the CEPS. She also supervises the Centers academic teaching and executive trainings. Her research focus is mainly on Corporate Philanthropy, CSR and NPO Sustainability. Theresa is a member of several professional affiliations such as ERNOP (European Research Network on Philanthropy) and ISTR (International Society for Third-Sector Research) and board member of the Association of Young Foundation Experts that brings together young professionals from the foundation sector in Switzerland.

Dr. Stefan Germann

CEO at Fondation Botnar

Stefan Germann is CEO of Fondation Botnar, a large foundation in Switzerland focused on child health, nutrition and education. He was formerly Executive Director of onegoal.org and Senior Director of World Vision International’s Sustainable Health Partnership, Innovation and Accountability unit based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

He has worked for more than 15 years in Africa in different leadership roles with various agencies related to child health development, relief and advocacy work. His work included managing a large rural hospital in Zimbabwe. He has held a number of board and advisory board memberships (Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, UBS Optimus Foundation, REPSSI in Africa) and currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Global Health Program, The Graduate Institute Geneva.

He holds a micro-engineering BSc degree, an MSc degree (Economics) in Social Policy & NGO Management and, in 2005, completed a doctoral degree in Development. In 2015, Stefan graduated from the Executive Masters program in Tri Sector Collaboration at Singapore Management University.

Peggy Grüninger

Head Corporate Donations and Philanthropy at F. Hoffmann-La Roche

Peggy Grüninger was born in South Africa and trained in General Nursing and Midwifery. In 1985, she moved to Switzerland. Having held senior positions in clinical trials and operations, Peggy is now responsible for selecting and managing Roche Group’s philanthropic projects and initiatives around the globe. For Peggy, it’s very important to ensure that all employees are well informed about what Roche does beyond drug development and diagnostic solutions: "They should be able to identify with our activities, be proud of what Roche is doing, and be able to talk about it knowledgeably."

Dr. Janine Händel

CEO of the Roger Federer Foundation

Janine Händel is the CEO of the Roger Federer Foundation and has started its professional management in 2010.

As a Swiss diplomat for many years, she has developed and implemented programs in the areas of peace policy, human rights and humanitarian policy on three different continents. Before joining the Roger Federer Foundation she has worked for an international company in the field of corporate citizenship.

She holds a Master degree in Law and completed a doctoral degree in Human Rights Law focused on the abolition of slave trade followed by a qualification as mediator. 

Sophie Hersberger

Research Assistant at the Center for Philanthropy Studies (CEPS)

Sophie Hersberger, MSc, studied business and economics at the University of Basel. Since 2016 she has been working at the Center for Philanthropy Studies (CEPS) as a PhD student and research assistant in research, further education and teaching.

Before joining the CEPS she has worked as a program administrator for the Summer School in Law & Economics of the University of Basel and collaborated closely with the Georgetown University in Washington, DC. As part of her PhD she has spent a month at the University of Pennsylvania, where she participated in a doctoral fellows program. 

Her research focuses on markets and stakeholder management of nonprofit organizations. 

Angela Kail

Head of Funders Team at New Philanthropy Capital (NPC)

Angela has been at New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) for ten years and leads NPC’s funder team, driving the work with corporates, grant-making trusts and individuals. This includes strategy consulting, reviews of grants, and evaluations.

Over the years, Angela has worked on a wide variety of consulting projects for both charities and funders, helping them to develop and refine their strategy and to measure their impact. Angela led the piloting of NPC’s shared approach to measuring the Journey to Employment, and its adaptation to Northern Ireland. She also led the development of a shared framework for financial capability and has worked on several evaluations of funding programmes for both government and grant-making trusts and foundations.

Angela has written several reports, which include research into charities tackling violence against women and the role of community organisations. She is currently researching partnerships between corporates and charities.

Prior to NPC, Angela was an investment analyst at Baillie Gifford.

Eduard Molnar

Senior Manager Resource Mobilisation & Private Sector Partnerships and Innovative Finance at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

Eduard started working at Gavi in December 2013. He has a M.S. in Social Sciences from Long Island University in New York as well as a B.A. in Political Science from Hunter College in New York. Before joining Gavi, Eduard held several key positions at UBS and JPMorgan.

Eduard is American and he has lived in the USA, Morocco, Italy, Romania, UK and Switzerland. He speaks English, French, Italian, Spanish, Romanian, has a very good knowledge of Portuguese as well as conversational skills in German and Arabic. Eduard is passionate about travelling, classical music, spending time with his family and friends.

Dr. Dominik Mösching

Deputy Director at staatslabor

After studying political science in Zurich, Dominik served as director and developer of sustainability education programs at universities, companies and foundations in Switzerland and abroad. More recently, he complemented his professional expertise in participative change with a PhD in organizational sociology and cultural theory at the University of St. Gallen. At staatslabor, operative and strategic projects fall within his responsibilities, along with communication and content. Dominik is particularly interested in how collaborative innovation succeeds in a diverse, interconnected world.

Prof. Dr. Anne-Claire Pache

Chaired Professor in Philanthropy, ESSEC Business School

Anne-Claire Pache is the Chaired Professor in Philanthropy at ESSEC Business School in Paris, France.

Her research interests lie at the intersection of organizational theory and social innovation, with a particular emphasis on pluralistic environments, hybrid organizations, and scaling-up processes in organizations. She has conducted qualitative studies in the field of social enterprises, corporate philanthropy and private foundations. She has authored several books and articles, including in the Academy of Management Review and Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, California Management Review and Leadership Quarterly. Before embarking on an academic career, Professor Pache was part of the co-founding team of Unis-Cité, a French nonprofit organization that pioneered youth civil service in France.

She holds a Master in Public Administration (2001) from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from INSEAD (2010).

Manon Schick

Director of Amnesty International Switzerland

Manon Schick is the Director of the Swiss Section of Amnesty International since March 2011. Born in 1974, she worked as journalist for a magazine and a radio in Switzerland, before she left to Colombia to work there as a volunteer during one year in 2003 with Peace Brigades International.

She joined Amnesty as a volunteer in 1996, when she was 22 years old, she was appointed as spokeswoman in 2004, and as member of the management team of the Swiss Section (head of communication) since 2007.

Prof. Dr. Georg von Schnurbein

Director of the Center for Philanthropy Studies

Prof. Dr. Georg von Schnurbein is associate professor for foundation management at the Faculty of Business and Economics and founding director of the Center for Philanthropy Studies (CEPS) at the University of Basel. The CEPS is an interdisciplinary institute for research and executive education on philanthropy and nonprofit organizations in general.

Georg serves in several boards in the field of international research on philanthropy. He has co-authored the latest edition of the Swiss Foundation Code and published in several impact journals such as Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly and European Management Journal.

His research interest is on nonprofit governance, financial health of nonprofits, and impact measurement.

Prof. Dr. Torsten Schwede

Vice President for Research at the University of Basel

Prof. Dr. Torsten Schwede is the Vice President for Research at the University of Basel.

Schwede studied chemistry in Bayreuth and completed his PhD in structural biology in Freiburg, Germany. He then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at GlaxoWellcome in Geneva (later GSK) before he was appointed tenure-track assistant professor of structural bioinformatics at the Biozentrum in Basel in 2001.

Since 2002, Schwede has been a group leader at the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. In 2007, he was promoted to associate professor and, in 2014, to director of sciCORE, where he is responsible for the central infrastructure for scientific computing at the University of Basel. As chairman of the Scientific Expert Board and director of the Data Coordination Centre of the Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN), Schwede is committed to the development of research in the field of personalized health and medicine in Switzerland.

Lukas Straumann

Executive Director of the Bruno Manser Fonds

A historian by training, Lukas Straumann is the executive director of the Bruno Manser Fund, a human rights and environmental organization that champions the rights of the indigenous peoples of Borneo.

Before joining the Bruno Manser Fund, Lukas was a research fellow with the Independent Commission of Experts Switzerland – Second World War, which was tasked to probe Switzerland’s wartime past. He is the co-author of a widely-reviewed study on Swiss Chemical Enterprises in the “Third Reich”.

Lukas was born near Basel, Switzerland, in 1969. He holds a phD in history from Zurich University and worked as a freelance journalist for various Swiss media. His first book, Nützliche Schädlinge, covered the history of applied entomology and the discovery of DDT.

His latest book, Money Logging (German: Raubzug auf den Regenwald), highlights the role of corruption as a key driver of tropical deforestation.

Sara Stühlinger

Research Assistant at the Center for Philanthropy Studies (CEPS)

Sara Stühlinger works as a Ph.D. candidate at the Center for Philanthropy Studies (CEPS) at the University of Basel. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business and economics and a master’s degree in sustainable development.

Her research interests include nonprofit finance and impact investing. Aside from her research, she is involved in teaching and consulting and is a co-author of the Jahrbuch der Hilfswerke (Yearbook of Swiss Charities). In addition to several years of experience at the Center for Philanthropy Studies (CEPS), she also worked for the Federal Office for Agriculture, focusing on the collection and analysis of market data. She volunteers on two boards of associations in the field of sustainable, urban agriculture.

Dr. Karsten Timmer

Managing partner at panta rhei Stiftungsberatung GmbH

Karsten Timmer is founder and managing partner of panta rhei Stiftungsberatungs GmbH, a philanthropic family office based in Mannheim Germany. panta rhei supports private donor families in managing their philanthropic activities with a focus on designing and implementing grant programs. As a service provider, panta rhei assumes the role of a foundation manager, e.g. for the Swiss-based Arcanum Foundation.

From 2000 to 2005, Dr. Timmer worked at the Bertelsmann Foundation where he led the “StifterStudie”, a comprehensive study of the background, motivations and strategies of German major donors.

Karsten Timmer writes and lectures regularly on questions of foundation management. He is a lecturer in various foundation management courses, including the Center for Philanthropy Studies at the University of Basel.

In 2016, Dr. Timmer was appointed head of the working group “grant-making foundations” in the Federal Association of German Foundations. He serves on the board of different foundations, e.g. the Bielefeld community foundation, and is member of the advisory board of "Stifter für Stifter" foundation in Munich.

Dr. Timmer studied history, political science and Roman languages in Freiburg im Breisgau from 1990 to 1995 and received his doctorate in 1999 at Bielefeld University with a study on the "GDR Citizens' Movement 1989". 

Dr. Pascale Vonmont

CEO of the Gebert Rüf Stiftung

Pascale Vonmont has been heavily engaged in the promotion of Swiss startups since joining Gebert Rüf Stiftung in 1999. She also coordinates GRS support programs in the area of technology and natural sciences.

As coordinator of the Kick Foundation, a new foundation established in 2015 with the aim of networking and accelerating innovation in Switzerland, Pascale Vonmont was a key driver behind the establishment of «digitalswitzerland» and represents GRS on the Executive Committee of this location-based initiative. She also heads the «Venture Kick» strategy board and is a member of the jury of the “venture leaders” program. She has been President of the Board of the Startupticker Foundation since 2015, in which capacity she supports efforts to strengthen science entrepreneurship at Swiss universities.

As a member of the board of SwissFoundations, the association of Swiss grant-making foundations, Pascale Vonmont is committed to Switzerland’s position as a liberal location for foundations. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Philanthropy Studies at the University of Basel.

Ambassador Pio Wennubst

Head of the Global Cooperation Department at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Ambassador Pio Wennubst has long experience in development diplomacy based on extensive field work in areas such as rural development, microfinance and public health.

After a period as managing director of a Swiss chemical company, he moved to the public sector as an academic researcher. In 1992, he began working in the field of development cooperation for the UN in Nepal. He joined the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in 1995 and was posted to Bolivia and to Madagascar. After a period as an economist at the SDC’s head office in Bern, in 2004 Pio Wennubst was appointed SDC country director in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

From 2008 to 2011, he was the representative of the Swiss mission to the Rome-based UN agencies. From 2010, he was also in charge of the SDC’s Global Programme Food Security. He later joined the Swiss permanent mission to the UN in New York as head of the economic and social development team. He currently manages the Global Cooperation Department as assistant director general of the SDC.

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