Fondation Botnar is a philanthropic foundation established in 2003 with the core purpose of improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people in growing urban environments around the world.
Dr. Stefan Germann
Chief Executive Officer
Message from the CEO
The rapid uptake of digital health technologies powered by sophisticated algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) is creating unprecedented opportunities for global public health over the next 20 years – including helping to solve the shortfall of health workers.
Fondation Botnar aspires to be an open and honest facilitator and a convener of collaborative solutions among a variety of diverse stakeholders. We have a strong belief in approaches that deeply value local knowledge – bringing in the voices and experiences of those who live in urban communities on a daily basis. This is mirrored in our approach, a community led human centered design methodology that is effective and pioneering, transparent and distinct, and ensures we’re a reliable partner with purpose. After recruiting our management team, developing our strategy, and a new brand platform, we’re excited to officially begin work and open up into the public sphere. This is only the beginning of our new journey, and we will not rest until our belief of “the future now, for children worldwide” has become a reality.
For every child to be a thriving citizen
We want to ensure that every child has the right to enjoy good health, balanced nutrition and quality education in order to lead a dignified life as a thriving citizen who positively contributes to society.
Creating a better tomorrow for all children by investing in emerging solutions today.
To fulfil our vision, we are seizing the big opportunity to improve the well-being of children and young people in vibrant, growing secondary cities around the world. We do this by connecting diverse players in innovative urban environments, investing in digital solutions and jointly developing scalable and sustainable business models.
From grant maker to change maker
Fondation Botnar was established in 2003 with a primary focus on furthering the Botnar family legacy through grants funding of multiple projects. This was solely managed by the board of trustees.
In 2017 the board appointed a CEO with the purpose of setting up a management team and defining a strategic focus. The aim was to move the foundation away from conventional grantmaking to focus on developing new enterprise-based models that help deliver lasting impact which is both sustainable and scalable.
From 2018, the foundation adopted a new ‘start-up’ entrepreneurial approach and strategy, which sets out a clear roadmap to achieve our vision. The foundation also remains true to its humble family roots by keeping the Botnar family name, maintaining the Botnar family’s philanthropic legacy and by continuing a number of targeted legacy investments.
The new strategic purpose allows the foundation to be truly focussed in investing for impact – aiming to be collaborative and innovative in how we seek to meet the most difficult challenges facing children. We will achieve this by putting research at the forefront of all our work, establishing learning hubs in key countries to test potential scalable solutions, and by funding research that puts digital innovation at the heart of improving children’s wellbeing in urban spaces. Learning and evaluation will underpin our ability to successfully contribute to our vision. As we learn from our research and implementation we can adapt our strategy to ensure maximum impact moving forwards.
2003 – 2017
- Furthering the Botnar Family Legacy.
- Multiple projects/geographies.
- Limited sharing of lessons.
- Solely board run.
- Phased strategy.
- Strong focus on learning and evaluation.
- Focus on health and wellbeing of children and young people in urban spaces.
- Research led.
- Established management team.
- Partners with purpose.
- Investing for impact.
- Shaping and enabling policy.
- Learning Hubs
- Furthering the Botnar family legacy.
The Board jointly oversees the governance and decision making of the foundation. It is represented by 6 members who act in accordance with the mission of the foundation and the will of our founder, Marcela.
The Investment Commission holds the responsibility of managing the financial assets in the best interests of the foundation.
With the exception of applications for “one-off grants”, all applications for funding are examined in detail by the advisory Expert commission in order to ensure coherence with our core areas of focus.
The management team
The Management Team is run by the CEO. It is responsible for the operational and strategic day-to-day management of the foundation.
Dr. Otto Bruderer
Dr. Flavia Bustreo
Dr. Martin Lenz
Dr. Peter Lenz (President)
Amalie Molhant Proost (Rep. founder’s family)
Prof. Marcel Tanner
Dr. Otto Bruderer (Chairman)
Dr. Susanne Haury von Siebenthal (Vice Chairman)
Dr. Urs Ernst