Our Offices & Partners Abroad

Independent Experts

The Secretariat receives advice from independent experts, who complement the Committee of Experts and serve as members on a number of juries. Pro Helvetia’s Board of Trustees elects the independent experts for a term of four years. They may be re-elected once.


Valérie Jomini
Lecturer, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)

Classical music

Isabelle Mili
Lecturer in music education, University of Geneva

Computer games

Marc Bodmer
Journalist and lecturer for media literacy, Zurich

Contemporary circus

Sandro Lunin
Artistic director, Kaserne Basel

Contemporary theatre

Eva-Maria Bertschy
Freelance Dramaturg, International Institute of Political Murder

Cultural outreach

Franziska Dürr
Head of cultural outreach, Kunsthaus Aargau
Director of the Art Education course, Kuverum

Cultural studies

Thomas Antonietti
Curator, Lötschentaler Museum, Kippel


Anne Davier
Director, Association pour la danse contemporaine, Geneva


Frédéric Dedelley
Designer, Zurich

Lilla Wicki
Fashion and textile designer, Basel

Adrien Rovero
Industrial Designer and lecturer, Renens

Digital art

Gordan Savicic
Professor of Media Design, HEAD Genève, Geneva

Folk dance

Renaud Albasini
Expert in the field of folk dance
Artistic director, Festival international folklorique d’Octodure, Riddes

Folk music

Johannes Rühl
Senior Research Associate in music pedagogy, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Artistic Director, Festival Alpentöne, Altdorf

Folk theatre

Barbara Schlumpf
Stage director, Uznach

Interactive media

Erinrose Sullivan
Digital marketing expert, Aubonne

Literature, German-speaking Switzerland

Christiane Schmidt
Freelance editor

Martin Zingg
Literary critic, journalist and writer, Basel

Literature, French-speaking Switzerland

Isabelle Rüf
Literary critic, Lausanne

Anne Pitteloud
Literary critic, Geneva

Literature, Italian-speaking Switzerland

Lorenzo Tomasin
Professor of Romance philology and history of the italian language, University of Lausanne

Literature (Rhaeto-Romanic-speaking Switzerland)

Rico Valär
Specialist for Romance languages and literature, Zurich/Zuoz

Music Theatre Productions

Laura Berman
Dramatic advisor, curator, director of opera, Theater Basel

Offices Abroad

Elvira Dyangani Ose
Lecturer, Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths University of London
responsible for: Southern Africa

Leïla el-Wakil
Associate professor, History of architecture and urbanism, University Geneva
responsible for: Arab region

Waseem Hussain
Project Manager International Relations, Lecturer, Paffhausen
responsible for: India/south-east Asia

Michael Vonplon
Cultural Manager, Zurich
responsible for: China


Ulrike Meyer Stump
Photography historian, Collegium Helveticum, Zurich

Pierre Fantys
Former professor at the ECAL, Lausanne

Luciano Rigolini
Photographer and artist, Lugano


Nicolas Julliard
Musician and journalist, Geneva

Theatre, Italian-speaking Switzerland

Giorgio Thoeni
Journalist and theater critic, Purasca


Jürgen Jakob Becker
Director, Deutscher Übersetzungsfond
Programme director, Literary Colloquium Berlin

Visual arts

Raffael Dörig
Director, Kunsthaus Langenthal

Cathérine Hug
Curator, Kunsthaus Zürich

Boris Magrini
Curator, Zurich

Didier Rittener
Artist, Lausanne