Foundation Board


Rolf Soiron

Chairman of the Foundation Board

Rolf Soiron, Swiss entrepreneur, is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lonza and has served or chaired the Boards of Directors of Holcim, Synthes and others. His international experience covers a wide-range of industrial and financial sectors. He chaired the Council of Basel University for 10 years and has held several elected political positions at the communal and cantonal levels. He is member of the Assembly of the International Committee of the Red Cross Council and chairs the Board of the think-tank Avenir Suisse.

Beth Krasna

Vice-Chairwoman of the Foundation Board

Beth Krasna has been a member of the Board of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology Domain since 2003 and the President of the Board’s Audit Committee since 2008. She is also a member of the Boards of Directors at Bonnard & Gardel Holding, Coop, Raymond Weil and Symbiotics SA. Since May 2014, she is CEO of The Roberto Giori Company Ltd. Beth Krasna is also a member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences. Ms Krasna has a degree in chemical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and an MBA from the Sloan School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Tamar Manuelyan Atinc

Tamar Manuelyan Atinc has been a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution since 2013. She has over 30 years of experience in the analysis and implementation of development policies and programmes. She was the World Bank’s Vice President for Human Development, working to advance country policy and programmes to foster human development, reduce poverty and improve economic management. Her recent research focusing primarily on scaling up early childhood development, social impact bonds, and data and accountability for better education outcomes.


Charles Beer

Charles Beer served for over ten years on Geneva’s cantonal government, as Minister of Public Education and as Minister of Culture and Sports, and was elected its President in 2007 and 2013. Having trained as a social worker, he was Director of the Actions Unia trade union between 1988 and 2003. Currently President of Pro Helvetia, Charles Beer also serves on the Foundation Boards of Partage and of Terre des hommes. He is also a lecturer at the Haute école de travail social in Geneva (HETS).


Christine Beerli

Christine Beerli is a former member of the Legislative Assembly of the Canton of Bern, and of the Upper House of the Swiss Parliament (1991 to 2003), where she chaired the Foreign Affairs Committee and then the Committee for Social Security and Health. She chaired the caucus of the Free Democratic Party (PRD) in Switzerland’s Federal Assembly and also served on committees dealing with security policy and economic and legal affairs. A former director of the School of Engineering and Information Technology at Bern University of Applied Sciences, since 1 January 2006 she has headed Swissmedic, the Swiss supervisory authority for therapeutic products. She is permanent Vice-President of the ICRC.


Jacques Forster

Jacques Forster was a member of the Assembly of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) until 2010 and was its Vice-President from 1999 until 2007. He was Vice-Chairman of the Institute's Foundation Board from 2007 until 2010. From 1977 to 2006, he was professor at the Graduate Institute of Development Studies (IUED) where he was Director from 1980 until 1992. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Neuchatel and worked with the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development for over a decade. He has authored several publications on north/south relations and international development cooperation.

Annemarie Huber-Hotz

Annemarie Huber-Hotz has been President of the Swiss Red Cross since 2011. She was Federal Chancellor of Switzerland between 2000 and 2007 and Secretary General of the Swiss Parliament between 1992 and 1999. Before that, Ms Huber-Hotz was Director of the parliamentary scientific service and Secretary of the Swiss Senate. She studied philosophy, psychology, sociology, ethnology and political science at the University of Uppsala in Sweden and political science at the Graduate Institute. She complemented her education by studying spatial planning at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.


Joëlle Kuntz

Journalist and columnist with a long-standing affiliation to the Swiss daily newspaper Le Temps, Joëlle Kuntz is the author of "Genève, Histoire d’une vocation internationale", (published by Zoé, Geneva, 2010) a brief history of Switzerland (“The History of Switzerland in the Blink of an Eye”, published by Zoé, Geneva, 2006) and an essay on borders (“Adieu à Terminus”, published by Hachette Littératures, Paris, 2004).



Michèle Lamont

Michaèle Lamont is Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies and Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University. A specialist of cultural and comparative sociology, she has published widely on culture and inequality, racism and stigma, academia and knowledge, social change and successful societies, and qualitative methods. Her most recent publications include the co-authored book Getting Respect: Responding to Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil, and Israel (Princeton University Press, 2016) and a special issue of Social Science & Medicine on “Mutuality, Health Promotion, and Collective Cultural Change.” She is Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, and Co‚Äźdirector of the Successful Societies Program at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.


Carlos Lopes

Carlos Lopes is currently Professor at the Faculty of Commerce, University of Cape Town and Visiting Fellow at Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford. He has served the UN in senior positions for over 25 years, including Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe and Brazil, head of development policy at UN Development Programme, Director of Political Affairs for Secretary General Kofi Annan and Executive Director for UNITAR and the UN System Staff College and between 2012 and 2016 as Under Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa. He has taught in several Universities as guest professor and is a member of about ten academic boards. Mr Lopes has published 22 books on development and African issues. He holds a PhD in History from University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and has been awarded Doctorates Honoris Causa from University Candido Mendes, Rio de Janeiro, Hawassa University in Ethiopia and Polytechnic University in Mozambique.


Jacques Marcovitch

Jacques Marcovitch is Professor of Management and International Affairs at the University of São Paulo in Brazil and a member of the Global Agenda Council for the Future of Latin America at the World Economic Forum in Geneva. His past appointments include Rector of the University of São Paulo, President of Electric Utilities of the State of São Paulo and Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of São Paulo. His research and publications focus on environmental challenges, entrepreneurship and Latin America.


Robert Roth

Robert Roth is Professor at the law faculty of the University of Geneva and has been dean of this faculty from 2003 to 2007. From 2011 to 2013, he chaired the Trial Chamber of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. He He specialises in Swiss, European and International criminal law.



Isabelle Werenfels

Isabelle Werenfels is head of the Middle East and Africa Research Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin, and lectures at the Freie Universität Berlin. Before joining the SWP in 2001, she headed the Swiss Delegation to the “Temporary International Presence in the City of Hebron”. Prior to that, she worked as an editor for Swiss Radio DRS2. She has written widely on a variety of topics including transformation processes in North Africa, Islamist movements, and Euro-Mediterranean co-operation. From 2008 to 2010, she co-chaird the Euro-Mediterranean Study Commission. Ms Werenfels holds an MSc from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and a PhD in Political Science from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.