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.


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

Michele Lamont is Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies and the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University. She served as the 108th President of the American Sociological Association in 2016-2017 and she chaired the Council for European Studies from 2006-2009. She is also the recipient of the 2017 Erasmus prize for her contributions to the social sciences in Europe and the rest of the world. A cultural and comparative sociologist, Michele Lamont is the author of a dozen books and edited volumes and over one hundred articles and chapters on a range of topics including culture and inequality, racism and stigma, academia and knowledge, social change and successful societies, and qualitative methods.  She serves on the boards of the American Council of Learned Societies, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. Lamont is Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; and Co-director 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.

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Georg Nolte

Georg Nolte is Professor of International Law at Humboldt University Berlin since 2008 and Co-Chair of the Berlin Potsdam Research Group “The International Rule of Law – Rise or Decline?”. He is a Member of the International Law Commission of the United Nations since 2007 and chaired this commission in 2017. He is also an Associate Member of the Institut de Droit International. From 2013 to 2017, he was President of the German Society of International Law.


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 specialises in Swiss, European and International criminal law.