Our Offices & Partners Abroad

The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees consists of nine members, who represent different perspectives on cultural life and the four linguistic regions of Switzerland. It is responsible for Pro Helvetia’s strategy and governance. The Federal Council appoints the members for a four-year-term of office. Each member can be re-appointed once.

Politics, national and international

Portrait Charles Beer

Charles Beer
President of Pro Helvetia
Former cantonal government member, canton of Geneva, Chêne-Bourg

Cultural institutions

Portrait Gianfranco Helbling

Gianfranco Helbling
Director, Teatro Sociale Bellinzona

Cultural enterprise

Portrait Hannes Gassert

Hannes Gassert
Cultural and technology entrepreneur, Zurich

Cultural communication

Portrait Susanna Fanzun

Susanna Fanzun
Vice president of the Board of Trustees
Director, Pisoc Pictures, Scuol

Cultural outreach and education

Portrait Esra Kücük © Jesco Denzel

Esra Küçük
Managing Director, Allianz Kulturstiftung, Berlin

Artistic work

Portrait Elodie Pong

Elodie Pong

Business, finance

Portrait Karl Schwaar

Karl Schwaar
Former Deputy Director, Federal Finance Administration, Bern

Science of art and culture

Portrait Sarah Lombardi

Sarah Lombardi
Director, Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne


Portrait Françoise König Gerny

Françoise König Gerny
Co-Head of Legal Services, Department of Economic, Social and Environmental Affairs, Canton of Basel-Stadt