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THE SWISS-AMERICAN SOCIETY

For the past 100 years, our association has been committed to furthering the cultural and economic exchange between Switzerland and the United States of America through events and scholarship contributions.

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«TRUE FRIENDSHIP IS A SLOW

GROWING PLANT»

the first President of the United States, George Washington, once said. We have been caring for and nurturing this plant since 1920 - our association is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

We have helped promote and strengthen the amicable relationship between Switzerland and the USA, both culturally and economically. Our association was founded under the name “Swiss Friends of the USA” (SFUSA). Since 2007, we are known as the “Swiss-American Society”.

WHAT WE DO

Events with presentations from top-class speakers are our most important platform for exchange. Once a month, we have a luncheon at the centrally-located “Haus zum Rüden” on Zurich’s Limmatquai to discuss current issues concerning trade, industry, technology, politics, culture and science. Our other very important commitment is awarding various scholarships for academic stays in the USA. In this way, we not only promote academic and professional careers, but also facilitate unique, intercultural experiences and new friendships across continents.

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«The commitment to the Swiss-American Society is a matter that is close to my heart. The five years I spent in Silicon Valley have taught me how important having a vision, hard work, resilience and diversity are to be successful. I always remain connected to the USA through both professional and family ties.» 

Cornelia Ritz Bossicard, former President of the Swiss-American Society

THE BOARD OF THE SWISS-AMERICAN SOCIETY

The Board of Directors consists of eight to fourteen elected members, who work and perform various tasks on a voluntary basis. The different functions are described in our charter. The current president of the Swiss-American Society is Thierry de Sépibus.

MEMBERS

SAS is an association consisting of several hundred members such as private individuals from Switzerland and the USA, companies and associations, who value a good relationship between both countries. We are always happy to welcome new members with an interest and involvement in Swiss-USA relationships. How to become a member

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

We are committed to the Swiss-American Society.

DEBRA DAVATZ

Actuary

Lawyer – Spezialisation SAV inheritance Law
DAVATZ LEGAL, Zürich   

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Martin Krähenbühl

Investor
Rapperswil

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NATHALIE FONTANA

Associate Director Principal Gifts
(Europe)

University of Oxford

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MARTIN FREY

Advocate LL.M., Baker & McKenzie Lawyers

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CORNELIA RITZ BOSSICARD

MSc in Management

2bridge AG
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RACHEL SCHILIRÒ

Director,
Corporate Sustainability Manager
Bank Vontobel AG

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RALPH MÜLLER

Stipendienausschuss

Prof. Dr. sc.

ETH Zürich, Institute for Biomechanics

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MARTIN NAVILLE

lic. iur.
Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, Zürich

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THIERRY DE SÉPIBUS

President

SMC Corporate Finance
Zürich

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Petra Hanselmann

Partner
Pestalozzi Rechtsanwälte AG
Zürich

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CHRISTIAN REBER

Treasurer

Lawyer LL. M.

Spectrum Value Management Ltd., Rapperswil-Jona

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STELLA WOLFSGRUBER

Partner
Avalor Investment AG, Zürich

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CLAUDIA FRANZISKA BRÜHWILER

Lawyer LL. M.

Spectrum Value Management Ltd., Rapperswil-Jona

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PROGRAM COMMITTEE

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Petra Hanselmann

Chairperson

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Debra Davatz

Member

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Martin Frey

Member

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Cornelia Ritz Bossicard

Member

SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE

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Ralph Müller

Chairperson

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Nathalie Fontana

Member

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Claudia Franziska Brühwiler

Member

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

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Rachel Schilirò

Member

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Stella Wolfsgruber

Member

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