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Our Team

  • Dr. Peter A. Wuffli
    Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees

    Dr. Peter A. Wuffli
    Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees

    Peter Wuffli obtained a PhD in economics from the University of St. Gallen with a dissertation on Swiss direct investments in Mexico. Ever since that time he has been interested in themes around globalization, ethics and leadership, and he has published regularly on these subjects (his latest book: "Inclusive Leadership - A Framework for the Global Era").

    From 1984 to 1993, Peter Wuffli worked at McKinsey & Company. In 1994 he joined Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS) as Group Chief Financial Officer. He was President of UBS from 2001 and Group CEO from 2003 until summer 2007.

    Peter Wuffli is also Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Partners Group in Zug (Switzerland), a leading global private markets investment management company. Further, he chairs the Foundation and Supervisory Board of the Lausanne business school IMD and serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Zurich Opera House.

  • Andreas R. Kirchschläger
    CEO

    Andreas R. Kirchschläger
    CEO

    Andreas R. Kirchschläger is the CEO of the elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalization and the President of the Max Schmidheiny Foundation. He serves as a board member of the HSG Foundation, GCA Altium AG, PG Impact Investments AG and some of elea Foundation’s portfolio companies. Andreas is a visiting lecturer at the University of St. Gallen. As Managing Director and President of the St. Gallen Foundation for International Studies, he led the annual International Management Symposium St. Gallen for more than one decade. Andreas holds a Master’s degree in Law and Economics from the University of St. Gallen.

  • Nicole Adler
    Associate

    Nicole Adler
    Associate

    Nicole Adler studied International Business Administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and completed the postgraduate diploma course at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. She then worked for one year at the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations Office and specialized institutions in Geneva, before joining the humanitarian arm of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, where she managed donor relations for seven years.

  • Adrian Ackeret
    CFO

    Adrian Ackeret
    CFO

    Adrian Ackeret graduated with an M.A. from the School of Management at the University of St. Gallen (HSG). From 2005 to 2009, he was with the St. Gallen Foundation for International Studies, where he shared responsibility for the thematic and strategic development of the annual St. Gallen Symposium. Subsequently, he worked as a research associate in the field of strategy and entrepreneurship with RISE Management Research at the University of St. Gallen and as assistant to the board of trustees of the Max Schmidheiny Foundation. Adrian Ackeret joined the elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalization in September 2013.

  • Lianne Bingen
    Junior Associate

    Lianne Bingen
    Junior Associate

    Lianne Bingen completed a B.A. in Social Sciences at Amsterdam University College (AUC) with a focus on Economics and International Relations. She has gained experience in international environments through an internship in Buenos Aires and an Erasmus exchange program with University College Dublin (UCD). During her studies, Lianne Bingen was an active board member of a student-run start-up, where she was responsible for reshaping the company’s strategy. She joined the elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalization in November 2017.

  • Myrtha Bohni
    Chief Administration Officer

    Myrtha Bohni
    Chief Administration Officer

    Myrtha Bohni began her career in the pharmaceuticals industry, and headed the offices of the executives of various trading and financial companies. From 1989 she was assistant to the Area Head Economics and Business Management at Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS) and, from 1994 onwards, to the then Group CFO and later founder of elea, Peter Wuffli. The two worked together at UBS until 2007, after which she assumed her current responsibilities at the elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalization.

  • Aleksandar Buneta
    Associate / Head of IT

    Aleksandar Buneta
    Associate / Head of IT

    Aleksandar Buneta studied Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the ETH Zurich and switched to Computer Sciences after a year. In 2015 he finished his Master of Science. From 2014 until 2015 he supported a Swiss construction company with the implementation of an ERP system. Aleksandar Buneta is working since February 2012 for elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalization, part-time as a student, in August 2015 he assumed responsibility as Head of IT, and in November 2017 additionally as Associate.

  • Amanda Turner Ege
    Senior Associate

    Amanda Turner Ege
    Senior Associate

    Amanda Turner Ege graduated from Yale College in 2007 with a B.A. in history. After graduation, she obtained a fellowship to volunteer in Guatemala and stayed until 2011, managing a non-profit that works in remote rural areas in education. She received her MBA at the Yale School of Management in 2013. From 2013 until 2018, she served as the Head of Sustainability at an award-winning social enterprise that develops small-scale farmers in Latin America. She is a member of the Advisory Board of GreenBuzz Zurich, and the Swiss Joint Alumni Forum of Cambridge, Harvard, Oxford, Stanford and Yale. She joined the elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalization as a Senior Associate in April 2018.

  • Stefan Kappeler
    COO

    Stefan Kappeler
    COO

    Stefan Kappeler completed his Master of Science at the University of Zurich where he studied Geography. After his graduation he worked for Esri Switzerland Ltd., both in Eastern Africa and in Europe. From 2006 until 2009 and in collaboration with a local university, he built up an office in Kigali and a flourishing business in Rwanda. Before joining the elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalization in September 2011, Stefan Kappeler successfully completed his MBA at the University of St. Gallen (HSG).

  • Tina Ruchti
    Associate

    Tina Ruchti
    Associate

    Tina Ruchti holds an M.A. in International Affairs and Governance from the University of St. Gallen (HSG). After gaining broad initial experience through internships in different industries, she worked at Credit Suisse for the Latin American market in Zurich and Mexico City where she engaged in various strategic and business development initiatives. Tina Ruchti joined the elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalization as an external consultant in Nairobi in October 2017 and assumed the position as an Associate based in Zurich in February 2018.

  • Jutta Schläpfer-Elsässer
    Assistant to the CEO

    Jutta Schläpfer-Elsässer
    Assistant to the CEO

    Jutta Schläpfer-Elsässer studied economics at the FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany. Prior to that she had gathered professional work experience with KBC Fashion GmbH & Co., one of the most important textile printing companies in Europe, and, from 1986 to 1992, within Danzas Group’s Corporate Public Relations.

    From 1996 to 2010, she was with the St. Gallen Foundation for International Studies where she supported the activities of the Board of Trustees and shared responsibility for the programme design and the selection of the members of the faculty of the St. Gallen Symposia.

    Between 2011 and 2012, she worked for Wegelin & Cie. Private Bankers in its wealth management department and subsequently was entrusted with the task of building up Notenstein La Roche’s Private Bank’s academic platform Notenstein Academy as Programme Director, a position she held until June 2017.

    Jutta Schläpfer-Elsässer joined the elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalization as Assistant to the CEO in November 2017.

Our Board of Trustees

  • Dr. Peter A. Wuffli
    Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees

    Dr. Peter A. Wuffli
    Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees

    Peter Wuffli obtained a PhD in economics from the University of St. Gallen with a dissertation on Swiss direct investments in Mexico. Ever since that time he has been interested in themes around globalization, ethics and leadership, and he has published regularly on these subjects (his latest book: "Inclusive Leadership - A Framework for the Global Era").

    From 1984 to 1993, Peter Wuffli worked at McKinsey & Company. In 1994 he joined Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS) as Group Chief Financial Officer. He was President of UBS from 2001 and Group CEO from 2003 until summer 2007.

    Peter Wuffli is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Partners Group in Zug (Switzerland), a leading global private markets investment management company. Further, he chairs the Foundation and Supervisory Board of the Lausanne business school IMD and serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Zurich Opera House.

  • Dr. Susanne Wuffli
    Founder and Member of the Board of Trustees

    Dr. Susanne Wuffli
    Founder and Member of the Board of Trustees

    Susanne Wuffli graduated from the University of Zurich with a Doctorate in Law. Subsequently, she was admitted to the Bar of the Canton of Zurich. Before founding her family, she worked at the district court and in different law firms. While raising her three children, she got involved with several organizations where she contributed her legal expertise. Since her youth, Christian ethical and social issues have been one of Susanne Wuffli’s main concerns. Today, she is a member of the Church Board in her home town where she takes responsibility for various areas of activity. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalization which she co-founded with her husband in 2006.

  • Dr. Harold Grüninger
    Member of the Board of Trustees

    Dr. Harold Grüninger
    Member of the Board of Trustees

    Dr. Harold Grüninger, LL.M. is attorney at law, a certified specialist SBA in inheritance law, and a partner of Homburger AG. He is co-editor of successio, the Swiss journal for succession law, and commented on Swiss foundation law within the Basel commentary. He regularly publishes articles and lectures on topics of foundation and succession law. He is a founding member and vice chairman of proFonds, the umbrella organization for charitable foundations in Switzerland, and is a member of the legal council of SwissFoundations. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalization since its establishment.

Our Comité de Patronage

  • Former Federal Councillor Pascal Couchepin
  • Paul Geissbühler
  • Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach
  • Martin Haefner
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