Philippe Bischof (born 1967) has been director of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia since 1 November 2017. After studying in Basel he began his career as an assistant stage director at Theater Basel, and subsequently worked as director and dramaturgue in Switzerland and abroad both at theatre institutions and in the independent theatre scene. During this time he also served as a jury member for theatre and dance at the Senate Chancellery in Berlin and acquired a Master of Advanced Studies degree in cultural management from the University of Basel. From 2008 to 2011, Philippe Bischof built up the cultural centre Südpol in Lucerne, working both as manager and art director. In 2011, he became head of cultural affairs in the canton of Basel-Stadt, a position he held until 2017. From 2016 to 2017, he additionally served as chairman of the cantonal culture ministers’ conference (KBK). Philippe Bischof is also regularly called on as a lecturer in cultural policy and art promotion.