The SYMPHASIS Foundation is an umbrella foundation based in Zurich and devoted solely to charitable purposes. It supports and encourages social, charitable, ecological, cultural, and other philanthropic projects. It has no political or religious affiliation.


The Board of Trustees comprises representatives from various fields of expertise. It ensures that the funds donated are used in accordance with the stipulations of the donors.

    • Portrait PROF. DR. FELIX GUTZWILLER PROF. DR. FELIX GUTZWILLER Chairman Professor emeritus of Preventive Medicine, former Director of the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Zurich, former Member of the Council of States for the Canton of Zurich
    • Portrait DR. THOMAS P. GOTTSTEIN DR. THOMAS P. GOTTSTEIN Vice Chairman CEO Credit Suisse Group AG
    • Portrait MANUEL SAGER DR. MANUEL SAGER Social & Humanitarian Work Former Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
    • Portrait MARIANNE KLEINER-SCHLÄPFER MARIANNE KLEINER-SCHLÄPFER Social & Humanitarian Work, Culture & Sports Former National Councilor for Appenzell Ausserrhoden and former Member and President of the Government Council from Appenzell Ausserrhoden
    • Portrait PROF. DR. NICOLAS MICHEL PROF. DR. NICOLAS MICHEL Social & Humanitarian Work Professor emeritus of International Law of the University of Geneva, legal adviser to the United Nations and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
    • Portrait DR. ALEX RÜBEL DR. ALEX RÜBEL Nature & Ecology Director of the Zurich Zoo, veterinarian, and former president of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)
    • Portrait MARCO SOLARI MARCO SOLARI Culture & Sports President of the Locarno International Film Festival and former President of Ticino Turismo

Foundation Office

The Foundation Office is responsible for the operational and administrative affairs of the SYMPHASIS Foundation. As part of project management, it evaluates eligible charitable projects and looks into possible partners.

Guido Braschler, Managing Director

Giovanni Peditto, Deputy Managing Director

Christoph Rohner

Thomas D. Albert

Luciana Faoro

Michael Hess

SYMPHASIS Charitable Foundation
Uetlibergstrasse 231
CH-8070 Zürich
+41 44 332 14 45

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