Marco Billeter studied law at the University of St. Gallen. After holding various management positions at Novartis AG – most recently Marco Billeter was a member of the Executive Board of Veterinary Medicine – he specialized in the restructuring and reorientation of medium-sized industrial companies. As an investor and board member, he works in several industries, including packaging, building services, and metal and vehicle construction.
As co-founder of EDUCA SWISS, Marco Billeter can fulfill his dream of using a part of his resources to accomplish idealistic projects. By supporting trainees by means of his executive role, his long-standing commitment to the St. Gallen Management Symposium carries on.
Monica Vögele studied art history and literature at the University of Zurich while also working in advertising and marketing for an international retail company. After leading the company’s advertising agency during 14 years, Monica Vögele turned back to culture. As President of the Foundation Board of the Charles and Agnes Vögele Foundation and Director of the Vögele Culture Center, she now works on socially relevant topics that are implemented in schools, institutions, and the public. Board mandates in both cultural and educational institutions encompass Monica Vögele’s commitment to a broadly accessible transfer of knowledge.
Monique Bär is actively involved in social integration, sustainability and leadership. She is the founder and president of the Arcas Foundation, co-initiator of the Foundation for Responsible Leadership in St. Gallen and a member of the board of directors of Forma Futura Invest AG and the social real estate company Equimo AG. Monique Bär is also a board member of SwissFoundations, the umbrella organization of Swiss funding institutions. As a partner of coaching-center gmbh in Zurich, she has been working as a supervisor and coach in companies and the nonprofit sector since the mid-1990s. Monique Bär holds degrees as in Engineering from ETH Zurich University and Supervisor of IAP/BSO.
Professor Dr HSG Claude Siegenthaler
Claude Siegenthaler studied economics at the University of St. Gallen. From 2004 to 2016, he was a professor of sustainability at Hosei University in Tokyo. As a lecturer and coach, he teaches at various universities, including at ETH Zurich University. With his company Authentic Development GmbH, he assists executives and organizations. He is a co-founder of EDUCA SWISS, member of the foundation board, and was managing director from 2016 to 2019.
Franziska Roth studied special education and has been working at the HPSZ Balsthal and in various communities in the district of Thal since 2008. From 2005 on forward, she has also been heavily involved in politics, was a member of the Solothurn Cantonal Council and a member of the Education and Culture Commission (BIKUKO). She was the president of the Social Democratic Party of the Canton of Solothurn from 2012 to 2021, and is also a municipal councillor in the city of Solothurn and was elected to the National Council for the Canton of Solothurn in 2019. In addition, she holds a wide variety of socio-political offices, such as the presidency of the association a:primo Switzerland and the presidency of Kibesuisse. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Discherheim Foundation and, since 2022, also a member of the Board of Trustees of EDUCA SWISS.
Professor Dr. Theo Wehner
Theo Wehner studied psychology and sociology, is now a visiting professor at the University of Bremen and professor emeritus at the Center for Organizational and Work Sciences at ETH Zurich University. As an expert, he works for leading foundations that finance education. His research focuses on the meaning of professional work and the act of becoming in today’s society. How do we learn through experience – especially in dealing with mistakes and failure? What is the nature of volunteer work? How do we define effective support and guidance for people in their professional development? These questions are highly relevant for the EDUCA SWISS’ work especially.
Peter F. Weibel
Expert on Business and Foundations
Peter F. Weibel studied business administration at the University of Zurich and spent many years in leading positions for leading companies in Switzerland, including as CEO of PwC from 1988 to 2003 and as a member of the Board of Directors of Credit Suisse Group from 2004 to 2012. For 15 years now, Peter F. Weibel has committed professionally to education, social issues and culture. He was awarded the Medal of Honor of the City of Zurich for his services as long-time President of the Festivals. He contributed to the development of several foundations, including the Pestalozzi Foundation. Since 2012, he has presided over the Foundation of the University of Zurich. For EDUCA SWISS, Peter Weibel’s experience in professional governance, sustainable fundraising and especially in impact-oriented leadership is particularly valuable.