Board Members

Dr. Otto Bruderer

Chair of Investment Commission

Dr. Otto Bruderer is Chair of the Investment Commision, and has had a long career working within the finance and investment sector. He joined the board in 2004 and lives in Uitikon-Waldegg, Switzerland.

Dr. Flavia Bustreo

Board member

Dr. Flavia Bustreo was elected to the Board in September 2018. She is an international expert and advocate for child health and wellbeing and previously the Assistant Director-General for Family, Women's and Children's Health for the World Health Organization (WHO). She currently lives in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Martin Lenz

Board member

Dr. Martin Lenz is a senior partner in a law firm, and learned his trade in New York and Paris. He joined the board in 2004 and lives in Basel, Switzerland. He is the President of the board of Basel Zoo.

Dr. Peter Lenz


Dr. Peter Lenz is President of the Fondation Botnar board. He is a retired lawyer from the Basel area and previously served in the Swiss military under the rank of colonel. He joined the board in 2004 and currently lives in Basel, Switzerland.

Amalie Molhant Proost

Board member (Rep. founder's family)

Amalie Molhant Proost sits on the board as the family representative for the Botnar family. She was elected in 2018 and has a background in journalism and communications. She lives in Rougemont, Switzerland.

Elsbeth Müller

Board member

Elsbeth Müller is the former CEO of UNICEF Switzerland. She joined the board in 2015 with a wealth of experience in child and human rights. She currently lives in Zug, Switzerland.

Florian Schweitzer

Board Member

Florian Schweitzer was elected to the Board in February 2019. He is the CEO and co-founder of btov Partners AG, and an expert in early stage investments in digital technology companies. Mr. Schweitzer lives in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Prof. Marcel Tanner

Board Member

Prof. Marcel Tanner was elected to the Board in November 2018. Prof. Tanner is an epidemiologist and public health specialist. He was previously the Director of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and currently the President of the Swiss Academy of Sciences. He lives in Basel, Switzerland.

Expert Commission

Michele Acuto

Member Expert Commission: Cities

Michele Acuto is an expert in international urban development and the role of city leadership in global challenges. He is currently Professor in the Melbourne School of Design and Director of the Connected Cities Lab at the University of Melbourne. Michele joined the Fondation Botnar Expert Commission in May 2019 as our expert on cities.

Alice Gugelev

Member Expert Commission: Entrepreneurship & Innovative Financing

Alice Gugelev is the CEO of GDI Africa, and a global Director at GDI where she leads a portfolio of initiatives that drive large scale social change in areas such as financial inclusion, SME development employment, education, humanitarian work, and climate change. Alice joined the Fondation Botnar Expert Commission in March 2019 as our expert on entrepreneurship and innovative financing.

Kelechi Vera Olawoyin

Member Expert Commission: Talent Development

Kelechi Vera Olawoyin is the Head of Human Resources, Administration and Communications at Transport Services Ltd (TSL), Nigeria, the largest Indigenous Transport and Logistics company in Nigeria. She joined TSL in January 2018 from Novartis Africa, where she was the Head of Novartis Africa Corporate University. Kelechi joined the Fondation Botnar Expert Commission in March 2019 as our expert on talent development.

Max Price

Member Expert Commission: Global Research & Solutions

Max Price became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town in July 2008, completing his ten-year term in June 2018. Following clinical work in academic settings and rural hospitals in South Africa, he gained a Masters degree at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, continuing there as a Research Fellow in Health Economics. Max is a qualified medical doctor with a MBBCh degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. Max joined the Fondation Botnar Expert Commission in March 2019 as our expert on global research.

Ramesh Raskar

Member Expert Commission: AI & Digital Health

Ramesh Raskar is an Associate Professor at MIT Media Lab and directs the Camera Culture research group. His focus is on AI and Imaging for health and sustainability. These efforts span research in physical (e.g., sensors, health-tech), digital (e.g.,automated and privacy-aware machine learning) and global (e.g., geomaps, autonomous mobility) domains. He has worked on special research projects at Google and Facebook and co-founded/advised several companies. Ramesh joined the Fondation Botnar Expert Commission in March 2019 as our expert on AI and digital health.