Board of Directors and Management

Board of Directors

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    Prof. Dr. rer. oec Adrian Ritz

    President

    Member of the Board of Trustees the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation, Chair of the Board of Directors of Swiss Paraplegic Research, Chair of the Research Committee

    Professor Ordinarius of Public Management at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Bern, Managing Director of the Center of Competence for Public Management (CCPM) at the University of Bern, President of the University Commission for continuing education  and Delegate of the University Board of Directors for continuing education, University of Bern. Research and publications in the fields of public management, leadership, motivation and performance in the public sector. Visiting professorships in Germany and the USA. Member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Philanthropy Studies (CEPS), University of Basel, member of the Grosser Kirchenrat (parish council) of the City of Thun and member of the finance committee, member of the Advisory Board of Politforum Thun.

  • Salmeron Diego Swiss Paraplegic Research Board of Directors

    Diego Salmerón

    Vice President

    Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Swiss Paraplegic Research

    Rural engineering degree ETH from the Department of Rural, Surveying and Environmental Engineering (ETH Zurich). Since 2007 Partner and Managing Director of LEP Consultants AG, Zurich. From 1996 to 2008 worked at the ETH Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development (IRL), from 2007 to 2008 division head for Landscape and Environmental Planning, prior to that, project manager and deputy project manager. Since 2015 guest lecturer at the Kunming University of Science and Technology (KMUST). Since 2009 registered planner in the Swiss Register of Engineers, Architects and Technicians (REG). Since 2002 member of  the Swiss-Chinese Association and since 2017 member of the Board of Directors. Since 2018 member of the Board of Directors of the association Swiss Green Buildings (SGB).

  • Betl Christian Swiss Paraplegic Research Board of Directors

    Christian Betl

    Member

    Member of the Board of Directors of Swiss Paraplegic Research

    Degree in business as Kaufmann, further training as Swiss certified trustee. Since 1991, employed by KPMG AG in St. Gallen and co-owner of BLT GmbH. 

  • Gmuer Andrea Swiss Paraplegic Research Board of Directors

    Andrea Gmür-Schönenberger

    Member

    Member of the Board of Directors of Swiss Paraplegic Research, President of the Political Advisory Board

    Studied English and Romance languages and literature at the University of Freiburg and received a  teaching diploma lic. phil. I. Over 15 years’ experience as secondary school teacher for English and French at the Cantonal Teachers’ Training College in Lucerne, Cantonal school in Sursee and Engelberg Abbey School. Since 2007, managing director at Josi J. Meier Foundation, Lucerne. From 2007 to 2015, member of the Cantonal Council. From 2015 to 2019, National Council member and since December 2019, member of the Council of States of Christian Democratic People’s Party of Switzerland (CVP) and member of Science, Education and Culture Committee (WBK) as well as of Foreign Affairs Committees (APK) and of Security Policy Committees (SiK). Member of the University Council of Lucerne.

  • Steiger Juerg Swiss Paraplegic Research Board of Directors

    Prof. Jürg Steiger, MD

    Member

    Member of the Board of Directors of Swiss Paraplegic Research

    Medical studies at the University of Basel, 1985 state examination. Since 1999 full professorship and since 2000 chief physician for nephrology and transplantation immunology at the University Hospital of Basel and since 2013 head of the Division Medicine at the University Hospital of Basel. Further trainings, among others, at Swiss clinics and at the Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Hospital, Boston/ USA. Member and president of numerous Swiss and European transplant and nephrology boards, board member and president of the Central Ethics Committee of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMW), foundation board member of Swisstransplant and president of the task force STALOS; foundation board member of the Gottfried and Julia Bangerter-Rhyner Foundation; director of the Swiss Organ Living-Doner Register SOL-DHR; expert reviewer for Pfizer Prize for Research.

Management

  • Stucki Gerold Swiss Paraplegic Research Management

    Prof. Gerold Stucki, MD, MS

    Director

    Director of Swiss Paraplegic Research

    Medical studies at the University of Bern. Further trainings, amongst others, in North America. From 1985 to 1992 medical specialist in clinics and hospitals in Switzerland. From 1996 managerial position at the University Hospital Zurich; from 1999 to 2009 director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Head of Institute of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany (LMU). Professor of Health Sciences and Health Policy and Chair of the Department of Health Sciences and Medicine at the University of Lucerne. Director of the ICF Research Branch. Foreign Associate of the Institute of Medicine (now called National Academy of Medicine), USA, member of numerous scientific associations.

  • Brach Mirjam Swiss Paraplegic Research Management

    Mirjam Brach, MBA, MPH

    Managing Director

    Managing Director of Swiss Paraplegic Research

    Studies of business administration with a degree in Master of Public Health at Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany (LMU). Project manager at Bavarian Research Cooperation for Public Health (Munich), manager of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at LMU. Nurse and ward manager in several clinics, member of the Foundation Board  and Investment Committee of Swiss Paraplegic Group’s Pension Fund. Representative of Swiss Paraplegic Research at the Department of Health Sciences and Medicine at the University of Lucerne.

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