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Management Office

Dr. Aline Cossy-Gantner

Chief Learning Officer

Aline is the Chief Learning Officer at Fondation Botnar. She studied Physics in Lausanne and earned her PhD in Surface Physics in Basel. She has broad experience in academia and industry and understands what is needed to bring projects and solutions along from innovation to end-users with efficient project and product management. Her background in organisation development and leadership drives her to find adequate positioning of the human factors in all projects. At Fondation Botnar she is responsible for the full research portfolio, including monitoring and evaluation.

Antoine Veyrassat

Senior Portfolio Manager

Antoine is the Senior Portfolio Manager at Fondation Botnar. He holds a Master in Economics from the University of Zurich in Switzerland. Antoine has over 20 years of experience in asset management, having previously worked both in investment management and investment advisor roles. He joined Fondation Botnar with great enthusiasm, to contribute to the achievement of the foundation’s ambition. Antoine’s responsibilities include the formulation of the investment strategy and the implementation of the strategic asset allocation.

Bea Weibel

Office Administrator

Bea is the Office Administrator of Fondation Botnar. She grew up in Bernese Oberland and became passionate about travelling the world. She is a huge believer in travelling to experience new cultures and subsequently turned her passion into a career in the tourism industry. After working in the travel industry for over 18 years she moved to Basel and joined the Fondation Botnar team. Bea supports the Chief Operating Officer in accounting and HR and is responsible for office administration.

Dr. Beatrice Schibler

Research Project Manager

Beatrice is Research Project Manager for Fondation Botnar. She joined the foundation after completing her doctoral research degree in Molecular Parasitology on the biology of the malaria parasite from the University of Basel. Beatrice is passionate about innovative, multidisciplinary research to tackle unsolved problems, and believes that you’re only able to facilitate positive change by connecting with people and by constantly learning. At Fondation Botnar she takes care of all research project-related issues, from the initial application until the successful completion of a project.

David Suhr

Strategic Learning and Evaluation Manager

David is the Strategic Learning and Evaluation Manager at Fondation Botnar. He grew up in Zimbabwe with his parents being active in international relations, finished school in Germany, and then graduated in International Business in Austria. He came to Basel to complete his Masters in International Management and joined Fondation Botnar with the excitement about the possibilities of new technologies establishing learning networks across both borders and cultures. He focuses on the monitoring and assessment of Fondation Botnar’s approach, utilising learning and evaluation processes to inform and improve the strategy.

Eva Moldovanyi

Grant Manager

Eva is the Grant Manager at Fondation Botnar. She has a Masters in Business and Economics with a Major in International Trade, Resources and the Environment from the University in Basel. When she was in high school, Eva read the UNICEF State of the World’s Children Report, which inspired her to focus her career working with and for children. Eva is passionate about sustainable and innovative solutions for the generations of today and those of the future. At Fondation Botnar Eva is responsible for the one-off grants and the Botnar Road Safety Challenge.

Heike Albrecht

Risk & Compliance Manager

Heike is the Risk & Compliance Manager at Fondation Botnar. She graduated from the University of Passau in Germany with a degree in International Business and Cultural Studies and obtained a Masters in Development and Cooperation from ETH Zurich. She is also a Certified Internal Auditor. Heike has always been interested in how the lives of people can be improved, no matter where they live, and has worked for over a decade with development projects around the world. As Risk & Compliance Manager, Heike is taking care of Fondation Botnar’s risk identification and management as well as the foundation’s compliance with relevant regulations.

Karin Schumacher

Chief Operating Officer

Karin is the Chief Operating Officer of Fondation Botnar. She holds a Federal Diploma in Pension Fund Management and a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Non-profit Management and Law from the University of Basel (CEPS). She has worked in the non-profit sector for many years and gathered extensive experience in foundation management. Prior to joining Fondation Botnar, Karin worked as a Business Manager, building up and running two other foundations in contract/risk management and finance. As the COO of Fondation Botnar, she is responsible for all corporate finance, HR, and legal issues as well as for efficiently and safely running processes.

Kiara Jade Marvuglio

Engagement and Communications Manager

Kiara is the Engagement and Communications Manager for Fondation Botnar. She has a Masters in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and a joint honours BA degree in History of Art and African Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK. As an experienced communicator on philanthropy and global health topics, Kiara loves stories – telling them and listening to them – so leading communications and engagement for Fondation Botnar is an inspiring fit for her to share stories about the impact the organisation has on the wellbeing of young people. At Fondation Botnar she is responsible for external communications and engagement with partners, stakeholders, and influencers on today’s global issues.

Manuela Mächler

Secretary of the Philanthropy Committee

Manuela is the Secretary of the Philanthropy Committee. She graduated from the Zurich University of Applied Science with a degree in International Management and has worked in the banking sector before entering the non-profit sector. Prior to joining Fondation Botnar, Manuela worked for UNICEF Switzerland and later as independent contractor for different NGOs and foundations.  She is responsible for the coordination of the Philanthropy Committee and the application and review process for implementation and research grants.

Rineke Veenendaal

Engagement and Communications Manager a.i.

Samira Stauffiger

Grant Administrator

Samira Stauffiger went to an economic school in Switzerland and did a one-year Administration Internship at Fondation Botnar. She is currently a Grant Administrator supporting the Fondation Botnar team on grant-related administrative issues.

Siddhartha Jha

AI/Digital Program Manager

Siddhartha is the AI/Digital Program Manager for Fondation Botnar. He grew up in India where he completed his Bachelor in Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology. In addition to many years of research within the industry, he also completed postgraduate studies in Biomedical Engineering at ETH Zurich. Siddhartha is deeply interested in using technology and algorithms for social good. At Fondation Botnar, he is supporting digital health and artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives.

Dr. Stefan Germann

Chief Executive Officer

Stefan is the Chief Executive Officer of Fondation Botnar. He is a global child health and wellbeing expert with over 30 years’ experience – living in 7 and working in over 80 countries with the single passion of the progressive realisation of children’s rights. He started up several social development organisations and programs in Africa and Asia (Masiye Camp, REPSSI, One Goal Asia). As a leadership principle, Stefan believes that “Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge (Simon Sinek)”.

Dr. Susanna Hausmann-Muela

Chief Program Officer

Susanna is the Chief Program Officer for Fondation Botnar. She has been working over the past 25 years in global and public health, with long field stays in Tanzania and Mexico, and completed her Masters in Medical Anthropology and her PhD in Epidemiology. She has extensive experience in implementation research, specialising on access to care and bringing the community voice into policy and planning. She was previously Deputy CEO and Head of Grant Making at the UBS Optimus Foundation and helped establish several NGOs in the global health field. At Fondation Botnar she is responsible for the full program portfolio, planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.

Sushant Sharma

Chief Investment Officer

Sushant is the Chief Investment Officer of Fondation Botnar. He holds a Masters in Finance and Controlling from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. He has over 25 years of experience in private and institutional asset management and was excited about joining the foundation to fulfil its purpose. He is responsible for managing the endowment fund and is developing how the foundation can most effectively use innovative finance in investing for impact.

Szandra McCrory

Executive Assistant

Szandra is the Executive Assistant of Fondation Botnar. She is a graduate of History from the University of Vienna. Szandra travelled the world for many years through sporting activities before settling down in Basel in 2008. She joined Fondation Botnar after deciding that she was ready for a new challenge; working for a purpose. Szandra supports our CEO, Board, and management team in office administrative matters and organises events and workshops.

Thuy Anh Huynh-Le

Grants Administrator

Thuy Anh is the Grants Administrator for Fondation Botnar. She was born in Vietnam and has a background in accounting and administration in the non-profit sector. She graduated with a Bachelor in Finance and Accounting from FFHS Switzerland and has a strong passion for helping others, especially children. As Grants Administrator, Thuy Anh assists the Chief Program Officer in the grantmaking process; preparing contracts, maintaining contact with current partners, and monitoring and keeping track of reports for projects that fall under the program portfolio.

Dr. Ursula Jasper

Governance & Policy Lead

Ulla is the Governance & Policy Lead at Fondation Botnar. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of St Gallen and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Zurich. Before joining Fondation Botnar, she worked as a Senior Researcher at the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich. Ulla is passionate about politics and has a deep interest in all things political from the local to the global level. At Fondation Botnar she is responsible for managing our policy work and for coordinating external relations and partnerships.

Zur Oren

Partnerships Coordinator

Zur is Partnerships Coordinator at Fondation Botnar. Zur has an MBA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is passionate about making the world a better place via economic growth. He has over 15 years of experience in various aspects of business development and has been strongly involved in social entrepreneurship, including the management of microgrants and an accelerator for community-based social businesses. As Partnerships Coordinar, Zur supports the Fondation Botnar programs, specifically the establishment of the OurCity initiative in cities around the world.

Young Professionals Program

Developing talent is a priority area for Fondation Botnar. Together with cinfo, Fondation Botnar has established a Young Professionals Program to create possibilities for young professionals, under the age of 35 to develop and make a difference in a fast-changing interconnected world. Read more here.

Administration Traineeship with WMS Basel

As part of their 4-year-education at WMS Basel, a selected Administration Trainee spends one year at Fondation Botnar for their practical training within an organisation.

Mateja Kostic

2021 – 2022 Administration Trainee

Mateja Kostic is Administration Trainee at Fondation Botnar. He is currently completing his training at WMS Basel, and as part of his studies he is doing a one-year placement at the foundation.

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