Small – competent – networked
The foundation board looks after the interests of the individual foundations operating under the umbrella of Fondation des Fondateurs, and is delighted to place its expertise and network at their disposal.
Dr Thomas Sprecher, President since 2007,
is a lawyer and has been a partner at Niederer Kraft & Frey AG, Zurich, since 2001. He is a recognised expert in Swiss foundation law, publishing widely in this field. He was an important contributor to the development of foundation governance in his role as co-author of the "Swiss Foundation Code". Thomas Sprecher is legal counsel to SwissFoundations and member of a number of foundation boards.
Dr Philipp Egger, Vice President since 2007,
is Director/CEO of Gebert Rüf Stiftung. A doctoral graduate of history and linguistics from the University of Basel, he initially took charge of a research programme designed to ensure early recognition of political trends on behalf of the Swiss Science and Innovation Council, before moving on as CEO of an operative foundation and programme director at the University of Basel. Philipp Egger is a charter member and member of the board at SwissFoundations (2001-2015), initiator and associate editor of the book series “Foundation Governance”, co-author of the “Swiss Foundation Code” and the “European Foundation Code”, also member of several foundation and advisory boards.
Evelyn S. Braun, member since 2008,
has been involved in the foundation sector for many years. Holding a number of different positions, she supported and looked after the establishment of AVINA Stiftung in Latin America from 1994 onward. From 2003 to 2011, she was Managing Director of AVINA Stiftung, in charge of its development in Switzerland. A former board member of SwissFoundations (2005 to 2014), she is co-founder of the association's Senior Expert Network. Evelyn Braun holds a variety of foundation mandates and directorships.