Foundation council

The SRIC Foundation council is composed of the following members:

(in the following order: president, vice-president, public sector, international organizations/NGOs and private sector).

 

Yves Flückiger, President

Since 1992 Yves Flückiger is full professor at the Department of Economics of the University of Geneva. Vice-rector of this institution during 8 years, he became, in July 2015, its Rector. His scientific interests include international, education and labour economics and more specifically unemployment analysis, migration policies, income inequality and discrimination and working condition in diverse labour markets. He authored many books and more than 120 publications in international scientific journals. 

 

 

 

Stéphane Graber, Vice-president

Dr Stéphane Graber has been Secretary General of STSA (the main professional trading and shipping association in Switzerland) since October 1st, 2012. Previously he was Delegate at the Economic Development Office, Department of Regional Affairs, Economy and Health from Republic and State of Geneva for seven years. At the same time he was member of the Board of the Lake Geneva Region Association (governmental association for regional economic promotion). Before 2005, he acted as Marketing and Finance advisor for the International Weightlifting Federation and ran his own private company (real estate). Dr Stéphane Graber obtained his doctoral degree in business management at the University of Geneva in 2005. He has been teaching marketing in various programs of executive MBA at University of Geneva and Lausanne from 2005.He is member of the steering Committee of different ongoing education programs (e-MBA in Aviation Management, e-MBA in Commodity Trading and Shipping, MBA in International Organization). In his position at the Economic Development Office, he supported the creation of GTSA in 2006 and he was in charge of worldwide Foreign Direct Investment Promotion with a special focus on China, helping companies relocating to Geneva and established multinationals (with structure and fiscal optimization, administrative support, business partnering). He was also in charge of diverse governmental cooperation programs and partnerships between Geneva and China. Since June 2012, he has been President of the Swiss Chinese Chamber of Commerce (SCCC), Geneva Chapter, and member of the Board of the SCCC in Zurich.

 

 

 

 

  Maria-Pia Victoria-Feser

Maria-Pia Victoria-Feser is professor of statistics at, and the Dean of, the Geneva School of Economics, University of Geneva. She holds a master in econometrics and a PhD in Statistics. She started her academic career with a lecturer position at the London School of Economics in 1993, an assistant then associate professor position (funded by the SNF as professeur boursier)  at the faculty of psychology of the University of Geneva in 1997, and obtained a full professorship at the former HEC-Genève in 2001. She has also been awarded the Latis Prize for her doctoral thesis. As an academic statistician, Maria-Pia Victoria-Feser has published numerous scientific papers in top journals (Econometrica, European Economic Revue, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, IEEE transactions), that develop statistical methods in several scientific fields such as economic inequality, psychometric measurement, behavioural finance analysis, engineering (navigation), etc. Several of her former Ph. D. students hold CEO positions, professorships or research positions at internationally renowned universities.

 

Maria-Pia Victoria-Feser photo

 

 Daniel Loeffler

With a degree in economics from Fribourg University, Daniel Loeffler is the Deputy Secretary-general in charge of economical affairs to the Departement of Security and Economy of the Canton of Geneva. Prior to his current position, he managed the Economical Development Office of the canton during 8 years. In his capacity as director, Daniel was in charge of implementing the cantonal economical development strategy, built around the support of innovation, the development of specialized clusters and the development of international markets. Previously, he had been a business consultant in this office, namely in the areas of finance and project management. In the past, Daniel had also worked in the fields of support to start ups and implement controlling systems in SME's at the CCSO in Geneva, and of logistics at VDO Adolf Schindling AG in Schwalbach, Germany. He has taken part in many mandates of fundraising and setting up of cost accounting systems.


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Ambassador Heidi Grau

Ambassador Heidi Grau has been appointed as new Head of Human Security Division of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and has taken over her duties as from August 1, 2015. She joined the diplomatic service of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in 1997. She was assigned to the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation where she worked on transition in CIS countries. She was posted at the Embassy in Moscow from 1998 to 2002 and at the Political Division for Peace Policy and Human Security in Bern until 2006, before she moved to the Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York where she was in charge of humanitarian and environmental questions and then served as Deputy Permanent Representative until she became Ambassador and Chef de Cabinet of the Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in December 2010. In May 2012 she was appointed as the head of the OSCE Chairmanship Task Force.Heidi Grau holds a M.A. from the University of Zurich in History and Russian Philology. She speaks German, English, French, and Russian.

 

  

 

 

Arancha González

Arancha González, an expert in international trade issues with 20 years of experience, serves as Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC) since September 2013.

Ms. González, a Spanish national, has extensive knowledge about international trade and economics, coupled with broad experience in trade and development matters in the public and private sectors, as well as in management at multilateral organizations.

Before joining ITC, Ms. González served as Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2013. During her tenure at the WTO, she played an active role in launching the WTO’s Aid for Trade initiative and served as Mr. Lamy’s representative at the G-20.

Prior to working at the WTO, Ms. González held several positions at the European Commission, conducting negotiations of trade agreements and assisting developing countries in trade-development efforts. Between 2002 and 2004, she was the European Union spokeswoman for trade and adviser to the European Union Trade Commissioner.

Ms. González began her career in the private sector advising companies on trade, competition and state-aid matters. She served as an associate at Bruckhaus Westrick Stegemann, a major German law firm, in Brussels.

Ms. González holds a degree in law from the University of Navarra and a postgraduate degree in European Law from the University of Carlos III, Madrid.

Besides her native Spanish, she speaks English, French, German and Italian.

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Arancha González, an expert in international trade issues with 20 years of experience, serves as Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC) since September 2013. Ms. González, a Spanish national, has extensive knowledge about international trade and economics, coupled with broad experience in trade and development matters in the public and private sectors, as well as in management at multilateral organizations. Before joining ITC, Ms. González served as Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2013. During her tenure at the WTO, she played an active role in launching the WTO’s Aid for Trade initiative and served as Mr. Lamy’s representative at the G-20. Prior to working at the WTO, Ms. González held several positions at the European Commission, conducting negotiations of trade agreements and assisting developing countries in trade-development efforts. Between 2002 and 2004, she was the European Union spokeswoman for trade and adviser to the European Union Trade Commissioner. Ms. González began her career in the private sector advising companies on trade, competition and state-aid matters. She served as an associate at Bruckhaus Westrick Stegemann, a major German law firm, in Brussels. Ms. González holds a degree in law from the University of Navarra and a postgraduate degree in European Law from the University of Carlos III, Madrid. Besides her native Spanish, she speaks English, French, German and Italian.

 

 

 

Samuel Bon

CEO and Executive Director, Swisscontact. Samuel Bon was born in Zürich. He has been CEO and Executive Director of Swisscontact, Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation since October 2011.  In 2015 Swisscontact runs a development portfolio that includes over 100 projects in 30 countries, with an average annual grant and contract revenue of almost US $75M and with close to 1000 employees worldwide (www.swisscontact.org). A recognized leader in international development and cooperation, Samuel previously held senior executive positions at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), serving as Operations Coordinator for South-East Asia & Pacific and Emergency Response and Crisis Management Advisor. He also held ICRC Delegate positions (1999-2006) in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Congo, Sudan, and Burma/Myanmar. Besides his function on the SRIC Foundation Council, Samuel serves on the Board and Executive Committee of Financecontact, a Swiss SECO Start-up Fund. Samuel has an Executive MBA, Institute for Management Development (IMD), M.A. in Theology & Social Ethics, University of Zürich, and B.A. from the Universities of Bern and Montpellier. 

 

 

Arancha González, an expert in international trade issues with 20 years of experience, serves as Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC) since September 2013.

Ms. González, a Spanish national, has extensive knowledge about international trade and economics, coupled with broad experience in trade and development matters in the public and private sectors, as well as in management at multilateral organizations.

Before joining ITC, Ms. González served as Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2013. During her tenure at the WTO, she played an active role in launching the WTO’s Aid for Trade initiative and served as Mr. Lamy’s representative at the G-20.

Prior to working at the WTO, Ms. González held several positions at the European Commission, conducting negotiations of trade agreements and assisting developing countries in trade-development efforts. Between 2002 and 2004, she was the European Union spokeswoman for trade and adviser to the European Union Trade Commissioner.

Ms. González began her career in the private sector advising companies on trade, competition and state-aid matters. She served as an associate at Bruckhaus Westrick Stegemann, a major German law firm, in Brussels.

Ms. González holds a degree in law from the University of Navarra and a postgraduate degree in European Law from the University of Carlos III, Madrid.

Besides her native Spanish, she speaks English, French, German and Italian.

- See more at: http://www.intracen.org/about/management/arancha-gonzalez/#sthash.ipakNhr8.dpuf

Arancha González, an expert in international trade issues with 20 years of experience, serves as Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC) since September 2013.

Ms. González, a Spanish national, has extensive knowledge about international trade and economics, coupled with broad experience in trade and development matters in the public and private sectors, as well as in management at multilateral organizations.

Before joining ITC, Ms. González served as Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2013. During her tenure at the WTO, she played an active role in launching the WTO’s Aid for Trade initiative and served as Mr. Lamy’s representative at the G-20.

Prior to working at the WTO, Ms. González held several positions at the European Commission, conducting negotiations of trade agreements and assisting developing countries in trade-development efforts. Between 2002 and 2004, she was the European Union spokeswoman for trade and adviser to the European Union Trade Commissioner.

Ms. González began her career in the private sector advising companies on trade, competition and state-aid matters. She served as an associate at Bruckhaus Westrick Stegemann, a major German law firm, in Brussels.

Ms. González holds a degree in law from the University of Navarra and a postgraduate degree in European Law from the University of Carlos III, Madrid.

Besides her native Spanish, she speaks English, French, German and Italian.

- See more at: http://www.intracen.org/about/management/arancha-gonzalez/#sthash.ipakNhr8.dpuf

 

Nicolas Tamari

Nicolas A. Tamari holds a BSc Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has recently completed the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2015.His mother tongue is French and he is fluent in both English and Arabic. After a year of executive training with Banque Nationale de Paris in several of its Swiss branches, in 1994 Nicolas joined the family business of Sucafina SA, an international merchant in coffee and other agricultural commodities. With Sucafina he has gained practical experience in the trading of soft commodities (primarily coffee) in both the physical and futures markets. In addition, he has experience in marketing, business and sustainability development as well as managing co-workers in a multi-cultural environment. Nicolas Tamari is currently the CEO of Sucafina.Nicolas is particularly active within trade associations in an endeavour to protect and promote the interests of agricultural commodities, in particular coffee. He is a past Board Member and President of the European Coffee Federation. Since 2002 Nicolas has been President of the Swiss Coffee Trade Association and is active in increasing its profile in pursuing the aims of its members which handle over half of the world’s coffee exports. At the International Coffee Organisation, Nicolas is a Trade Advisor to the Core Group for the Consultative Forum on Coffee Sector Finance. Nicolas has been a Board Member of the Geneva Trade and Shipping Association since 2007 and is currently its Vice President. He has been a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization since 2005. Nicolas is the President of KAHAWATU, a Swiss non-profit foundation, focused on improving rural income and livelihoods in developing nations through the power of coffee. Nicolas is a Board Member of the Tamari Foundation, a family run initiative focusing on education and human well-being. He also serves on the Boards of various institutions in the financial and real estate sectors.

 

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