The EMPIRIS Foundation is an umbrella foundation based in Zurich and devoted solely to charitable purposes. It promotes science, research, and education across various fields and subjects.


The Board of Trustees comprises representatives from various fields of expertise. It ensures that the funds donated are used in accordance with the stipulations of the founders.

    • Portrait PROF. DR. FELIX GUTZWILLER PROF. DR. FELIX GUTZWILLER Chairman Professor emeritus of Preventive Medicine, former Director of the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine of the University of Zurich, former Member of the Council of States for the Canton of Zurich
    • Portrait DR. THOMAS P. GOTTSTEIN DR. THOMAS P. GOTTSTEIN Vice Chairman CEO Credit Suisse Group AG
    • Portrait PROF. DR. NICOLAS MICHEL PROF. DR. NICOLAS MICHEL Social and Humanitarian Work Professor emeritus of International Law of the University of Geneva, legal advisor to the United Nations and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
    • Portrait PROF. DR. SUSAN M. GASSER PROF. DR. SUSAN M. GASSER Science & Research Director of the Friedrich Miescher Institute, University of Basel
    • Portrait DR. ALEX RÜBEL DR. ALEX RÜBEL Nature & Ecology Director of the Zurich Zoo, veterinarian, and former President of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)

Foundation Office

The Foundation Office is responsible for the operational and administrative affairs of the EMPIRIS umbrella foundation. As part of project management, it evaluates eligible charitable projects and assesses possible partners.

Guido Braschler, Managing Director

Giovanni Peditto, Deputy Managing Director

Christoph Rohner

Thomas D. Albert

Luciana Faoro

Michael Hess

EMPIRIS Charitable Foundation
Uetlibergstrasse 231
CH-8070 Zurich
+41 44 332 05 01


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