About Us

Avenir Suisse is an independent think tank that works for the future of Switzerland by developing evidence-based, liberal, free-market ideas.

Team

Avenir Suisse Team

Management

Research

Corporate Services

Communication and Production

Support Foundation

Avenir Suisse in Geneva

Avenir Jeunesse

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.

Independent

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.

Liberal

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 innovation which influence all the drivers and are therefore incorporated in all our proposed solutions.

Annual Report and Strategy Brochure

Avenir Suisse wants to contribute to ensuring and increasing Swiss citizens’ long term prosperity. To do so, our research focuses on five “drivers” which we see as pillars for the further development of the “Prosperity House Switzerland.” Our 2016 annual report presents a broader analysis of our activities. You can download the report here.

You can find out more about our strategy and organizational structures in the “Generation 3.0” 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.

Corporate Governance

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.

Andreas Schmid (Chair)
Thomas Knecht (Vice-Chair)
Markus Neuhaus (Vice-Chair)
Lionel Aeschlimann
Chantal Balet Emery
Giorgio Behr
Daniela Bosshardt-Hengartner
Paul Bulcke
Andreas Burckhardt
Rolf Dörig
Felix Ehrat
Christoph Franz
Calvin Grieder
Michael Haefliger
Thomas Hammer
Thomas Held
Walter Kielholz
Patrick De Maeseneire
Ruth Metzler-Arnold
Thomas D. Meyer
Carolina Müller-Möhl
Urs Rohner
Jean-Pierre Roth
Daniel J. Sauter
Gerhard Schwarz
Fritz Schiesser
Rolf Soiron
Tom de Swaan
Suzanne Thoma
Pierin Vincenz
Peter Voser
Jobst Wagner
Axel A. Weber
Rudolf Wehrli
Felix Wenger

Management Committee

The management committee supervises the foundation’s operations, approving thematic priorities, overseeing the finances, and preparing meetings of the board of trustees.

Andreas Schmid (Chair)
Chantal Balet Emery
Marius Brülhart
Thomas Hammer
Thomas Knecht
Markus Neuhaus

Support Foundation

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.

Thomas Hammer (Chair)
Peter Grünenfelder
Peter E. Naegeli
Andreas Schmid
Olivier Steimer

Nomination Committee

The nomination committee is responsible for selecting candidates for all the foundation’s committees and its management.

Thomas Knecht (Chair)
Chantal Balet Emery
Thomas Hammer
Walter Kielholz
Olivier Steimer
Rudolf Wehrli

Finance Committee

The finance committee supervises the financial affairs of Avenir Suisse. It checks quarterly figures, annual results, and the budget.

Markus Neuhaus (Chair)
Lionel Aeschlimann
Daniela Bosshardt-Hengartner

Program Committee

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. Marius Brülhart (Chair)
Prof. Giorgio Behr
Prof. Aymo Brunetti
Prof. Reto Föllmi
Dr. Dr. hc. Jean-Pierre Roth
Prof. Hans-Werner Sinn

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