Avenir Suisse is an independent think tank that works for the future of Switzerland by developing evidence-based, liberal, free-market ideas.
Our Guiding Principle
A Think Tank for Switzerland
Avenir Suisse develops ideas for Switzerland’s future. We identify relevant topics, give early warnings when action is required, and recommend solutions. Avenir Suisse’s ideas are designed to prepare the political and social ground for reform. The motivation behind Avenir Suisse’s work is the longterm preservation and enhancement of Switzerland’s prosperity.
Avenir Suisse develops its views independently and free of political constraints. This autonomy is guaranteed by our donors’ commitment to long-term funding and our clear corporate governance rules. As a non-profit foundation focused on thought leadership and research requiring absolute independence, in contrast to other interest groups and lobbies, Avenir Suisse does not participate in the consultative phase of legislation or in Swiss referendum campaigns.
Evidence-based Policy Research
Avenir Suisse’s own researchers work with institutions in Switzerland and abroad to formulate evidence-based, primarily economically-founded reforms. A particular emphasis is fostering open dialog with policymakers and business leaders,
and communicating its findings clearly and appropriately to its target audiences.
Avenir Suisse’s approach is firmly rooted in liberal social principles and free market economics. It’s driven by the conviction that the best basis for widespread prosperity is a liberal state and open society that promote individual enterprise, individual responsibility, and modernization.
The Prosperity House
Avenir Suisse wants to contribute to ensuring and increasing the prosperity of broad sections of the Swiss population on a long-term basis. To do so, our research focuses on five drivers which we see as key to the further development of “Prosperity House Switzerland.” Additionally, we look at cross-sectional themes such as digitization and demographics, which influence all the drivers and are therefore incorporated in all our proposed solutions.
Annual Report and Strategy Brochure
You can find out more about our strategy and organizational structures in the “Strategy 2020 to 2023” brochure. Our research focuses on five “drivers” which we see as pillars for the further development of the “Prosperity House Switzerland.” You can download the brochure here.
Board of Trustees
In its capacity as Avenir Suisse’s most senior body, the Board of Trustees selects the members of all committees and the director. The Trustees meet once or twice a year to approve the budget, the annual report, and the financial statements.
Michel M. Liès (Chair)
Markus Neuhaus (Vice-Chair)
Suzanne Thoma (Vice-Chair)
Albert M. Baehny
Thomas von Planta
The management committee supervises the foundation’s operations, approving thematic priorities, overseeing the finances, and preparing meetings of the board of trustees.
Michel M. Liès (Chair)
An extensive support group of donors ensures that the foundation’s activities are funded sustainably for the long term. It comprises organizations and individual donors that have made a significant contribution on a one-off or ongoing basis. The support group serves as a sounding board for Avenir Suisse’s project activities. Here you will find all our donors.
Daniel Daeniker (Chair)
The nomination committee is responsible for selecting candidates for all the foundation’s committees and its management.
Suzanne Thoma (Chair)
The finance committee supervises the financial affairs of Avenir Suisse. It checks quarterly figures, annual results, and the budget.
Markus Neuhaus (Chair)
The program committee advises the director on setting research priorities, as well as guiding project work and assuring the methodological quality of Avenir Suisse’s work. It meets three times a year to discuss individual projects in detail.
Committee representatives are also in close dialog with think tank staff outside formal meetings.
Prof. Reto Föllmi (Chair)
Prof. Aymo Brunetti
Prof. Jean-Luc Chenaux
Prof. Markus Gabriel
Prof. Silja Häusermann
Prof. Karen Horn