Board of Trustee Members

The Board of Trustees comprises 12 members, of whom one is appointed by the Protestant Church in Switzerland (PCS), while the remaining members and the President are elected by the PCS Assembly of Delegates. The term of office is four years. The Board of Trustees currently comprises six women and six men.

Walter Schmid

President of HEKS/EPER (term of office 2020 to 2023), Winterthur

Walter Schmid, Dr. iur, Lawyer, is currently a lecturer and visiting lecturer at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and the University of Lucerne. In his professional career he has held the positions of Head of the Swiss Refugee Council, Head of the Office for Youth and Social Welfare of the City of Zurich (Amt für Jugend- und Sozialhilfe der Stadt Zürich), and Director of the Lucerne School of Social Work. He has also been honorary President of the Swiss Conference for Social Welfare, Vice-President of the Federal Commission on Aliens (Eidgenössische Kommission für Ausländerfragen). Chair of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles and Vice-Chair of the Migration Policy Group.

Walter Schmid - HEKS-Präsident
Daniel Rihs

Michèle Künzler

Vice President (Term of office 2020 to 2023), Vernier

Theology Studies, former State Councillor of the Canton of Geneva, former City and Municipal Councillor, currently responsible for the Department of Business Taxation of the Municipality of Thônex, Vice-President of a Cantonal Foundation for Social Housing and a Foundation for Municipal Housing.

Michèle Künzler
Daniel Rihs

Jeanne Pestalozzi

Vice-President (term of office 2021–2023), Dietikon

Lic phil I; Advanced studies in Team-building and organisational development; President of «Compagna Schweiz» and «compagna conviva», a foundation that promotes projects to help women in transitional situations; former Vice-President of the Evangelical Reformed Church of the Canton of Zurich; former President of the Board of Trustees of «Bread for All».

Nicole Bardet

(Term of office 2021–2023), Romont

Bachelor of Science in Management HEC Lausanne; CAS «Development of Agile Organizations». Member of the General Management of Alternative Bank Switzerland. Nicole Bardet was President of the «Fédération Romande des Consommateurs», Fribourg Section, and member of the Board of Directors, auditor of the Reformed Church parish of Romont and since 2010 a member of the legislative body of her municipality; former Board of Trustee member of «Bread for All».

Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi

(Term of office 2021–2025), Berne

Dr. iur., Lawyer; Lecturer in Law & Sustainable Development; Joint Head of Sustainability Governance Impact Area at the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Berne; former Board of Trustee member at «Bread for All».

Jean-Luc Dupuis

(Term of office 2020 to 2023), Semsales

Training in computer science and in crisis communication, Senior project manager of a major bank, Member of the Synod of the Reformed Evangelical Church of the Canton of Fribourg, former President of the Parish of Estavayer-le-Lac and la Broye fribourgeoise, former Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Dompierre Municipality.

 

Jean-Luc Dupuis
Daniel Rihs

Simone Fopp Müller

(Term of office 2020 to 2023), Köniz

Dr. theol. at the University of Berne in Practical Theology; Pastor, Zollikofen Evangelical Reformed Church Parish; Trainer of pastors; CAS, Inter-Cultural Theology and Migration; Dipl. Movement Analysis iba; Founding and board member KARIBU Interkultureller Frauentreff [KARIBU Intercultural Women's Meeting]; President Schäferei 43 AG – a house for refugee projects and intercultural dialogue.

Simone Fopp Müller
Simone Fopp Müller

Barbara Hirsbrunner

(Term of office 2021–2025), Sharans

Registered nurse; Specialist teacher of religion; Church Councillor of the Cantonal Evangelical Reformed Church in Graubünden, responsible for ecumenism, mission and development cooperation; former Board of Trustee member of «Bread for All».

Pierre Jacot

(Term of office 2021–2023), Lausanne

Graduate psychologist, University of Lausanne; Specialist in action methods; Head of Stiftung CEP, which is dedicated to practical training for public action. Pierre Jacot has designed support programmes for the development of organizations, teams and professionals. He had previously worked for more than ten years in vocational rehabilitation at the Invalidity Insurance Office of the Canton of Vaud; former Board of Trustee member at «Bread for All».

Daniel Reuter

(Term of office 2012 to 2023), Zurich

Parliamentary Secretary; MAS ZFH Supervision and Coaching in Organizations; Vice-President, Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Parlamentsfragen [Swiss society for parliamentary questions] (SGP); Vice-President of the Council of the Protestant Church in Switzerland (PCS); member of the «Bread for All» Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2020; member (2007–2020) and Vice-President (2015–2020) of the Church Council of the Evangelical Reformed Church of the Canton of Zurich.»
Daniel Reuter
Romeo Basler

Fritz Schneider

(Term of office 2020 to 2023), Bremgarten, Berne

Agric. Engineer ETH; Master's degree programme, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada; Development cooperation project and programme management for SDC and Intercooperation; lecturer, Deputy Director and later Head of the Department of Agronomy at the Berne University of Applied Sciences, School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL); since April 2015, adviser on development cooperation, execution of mandates for several clients such as SDC, GIZ and FAO.
Fritz Schneider
HEKS/Beni Basler

Christoph Sigrist

(Term of office 2018 to 2021), Zurich

Lecturer in Diaconal Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Berne; Pastor, Evangelical-Reformed Church Parish of Grossmünster, Zurich; President, Zürcher Spendenparlament [Zurich Donors' Parliament]; President, Zurich Forum of Religions; Board of Trustee member, Evangelical Society of the Canton of Zurich; Board of Trustee member, Diakoniewerk Neumünster. Board member of the Zurich City Mission.
Christop Sigrist
HEKS/Beni Basler