Our Offices & Partners Abroad

The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees has nine members. They represent the different aspects of cultural life and the different cultures of Switzerland. The members of the Board of Trustees are chosen by the Federal Council for a term of four years. Each member can be re-appointed for one more term.

Politics, national and international

Portrait Charles Beer

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

Cultural institutions

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

Esra Kücük
Managing Director, Allianz Kulturstiftung, Berlin

Artistic work

Elodie Pong
Artist, guest professor, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK, Zürich

Business, finance

Portrait Karl Schwaar

Karl Schwaar
Member of the Board of Directors, BLS Netz AG, Bern

Science of art and culture

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