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The Foundation is administered by a Foundation Council which is the highest level of control and management of the Foundation. In its capacity, the Foundation Council has all the powers that are not expressly assigned to another social body by any foundation's regulations or its statutes. It has the following inalienable powers :

  • Regulation of the Foundation's right of signature and representation
  • Appointment of the Foundation Council and Auditors
  • Designation of other social bodies
  • Approval of the annual accounts​

The Foundation Council comprises 3 to 10 members and brings together the representatives of the following founding members :

Member of the Department of Security and Economy (Canton of Geneva)

Member of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (Swiss Confederation)​

Rector of the University of Geneva

Director of the Master in Arts in International Trading, Commodity Finance and shipping, University of Geneva

Executive Director of the International Trade Center

Executive Director of Swisscontact

Representative of the Swiss Trading & Shipping Association

Representative of the Swiss Coffee Trade Association

Currently, the constituent representatives within the Foundation Council are :

Samuel Bon

Samuel Bon 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. 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.

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

Yves Flückiger

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.

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.

Stéphane Graber

Dr Stéphane Graber has been Secretary General of GTSA (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).

Daniel Loeffler

With a degree in economics from Fribourg University, Daniel Loeffler is the Deputy Secretary-general in charge of economical affairs to the Department 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.

Thomas Straub

Prof Dr Thomas Straub is Professor of International Management and Director of the DAS at the Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM), the business school of the University of Geneva, which is one of the leading higher education institutions in Switzerland. Thomas is actively teaching courses in the field of General Management, Business Planning, Corporate Strategy and Change Management. He leads R&D projects at national and international levels (e.g. Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and Swiss Development Agency - SDC).

Nicolas A. 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. 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