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Founding members in 2000, from left to right : Simon Pfister, Irene Pfister, Adrian Pfister, Kurt Pfister

Administrative board

The administrative board is a team of committed people who are convinced to work for a good cause. All these people are gathered in a circle of friends, united by the desire to get actively involved to achieve the greatest possible benefit of the foundation for the environment and people in Ethiopia.

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Kurt Pfister

President of the board

His many years of leadership experience predestine him for the successful and strategic management of the foundation. Day in, day out, he is very committed to the foundation, whether on project visits, on fundraising or on lectures. As the founder, the president and the driving force of the foundation, he cares in particular about the people and the regeneration of nature in Ethiopia.

Member since 2000

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Hans-Ruedi Zehnder

President of the project committee

As a former banker and consultant, he brings his broad experience in the senior leadership. Thanks to his large circle of friends from business, sports and society, he is able to attract renowned donors. In addition to his work with the administrative board and the project committee, he also assists the president in bilateral contacts with great helpfulness and commitment. As a strategist, he also makes sure that our foundation focuses on the essential and join forces.

Member since 2007

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Beat Beutler

Member of the board

Thanks the many years of service as pastor of a large parish, he has acquired a very large circle of friends and people he has rallied to our cause. Through many religious but also cultural events, he has won over a large number of new donors in his sphere of activity who have now become loyal donors. Several time he organized trips to Ethiopia for interested people and has convinced many people of our work.

Member since 2010

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Susanne Bührer

Member of the board
Member of the project committee

Joining the foundation soon after its establishment, she is particularly involved in fundraising, organizing events and campaigns, relying on a large circle of friends and involving them in the process. She independently organizes trips to Ethiopia for interested people and thus win over new donors. She provides a precious help in writing brochures and designing the annual reports.

Member since 2004

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Maxence Carrel

Member of the Board
Member of the project committee

With his educational background as environmental engineer, the topic of “environmental climate” is particularly close to his heart and he identifies himself strongly with our work in Ethiopia. During his studies, he got an insight into our work on a private trip and he is convinced that we are doing the right thing with our work. As a native of Vaud, he provides invaluable assistance with translations and contacts to major donors in the francophone area.

Member since 2020

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Simon Pfister, Ph.D.

executive Member of the board

He was a member of the Board from 2000 to 2004, and then he served as managing director. From 2021 he is executive board member again and supervises the office in Addis Ababa. During several trips a year, he checks the project work, negotiates new contracts and recognizes new areas or accompanies trips by interested parties. He oversees the partnerships in fundraising. It is important to him that our work is always up to date with the latest scientific developments (e.g. CO2 compensation, measurements of afforestation values from satellites and more).
Member 2000 – 2004, since 2021

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James Rymer Hug

Member of the board

He brings his precious experience as financial expert and business leader in a valuable way. He is particularly committed to make sure that our foundation also attracts donors through social medias, that our image is modern and, above all, that it also reaches out the younger generation.

Member since 2020

In Ethiopia

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Alem Tsegaye

Managing director of the Addis Ababa office

Since 2015, the qualified environmental engineer leads our office in Addis Ababa. She is responsible for the contacts with the authorities, the offices and partly with our partnerships. Together with Ms. Mekdes as an accountant, she is responsible for a part of the payment transactions, for accounting, for annual accounts and annual reports to the ministries who want to be informed about our work. Furthermore, she controls the work during trips to the project areas and documents the progress.


Dr. Hans-Rudolf Stucki

Dr. Stucki was a member of the administration board from 2004 to 2015. After his departure, we can count on his expertise as a specialist. He played an important role in determining strategic directions during the early years of our foundation. In addition to that, we were and are still able to count on his acknowledged expertise in international treaties. He knows Ethiopia from his travel and has helped us to make the right decisions in the many applications for projects.

Adrian Pfister

He has been a member of the foundation since it has been founded in 2000. He is an expert since 2004. In addition to installing the informatics infrastructure, he is also responsible for its maintenance. Furthermore, he is responsible for the technical aspects of the website and is at the disposal of the managing director or the administrative board for IT questions. He knows the projects in Ethiopia through travels, also already with travel groups.

Special honors

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Irene Pfister

As co-founder and first Vice President, Irene Pfister was an active member of the Board until 2021. In addition, she ensured efficient administration, looked after the donation system and set great store by good contacts with our donors. She also regularly took part in trips, with the women’s projects and school projects particularly close to her heart. We would like to thank Irene Pfister for her tireless commitment to the foundation, and we are pleased that she will continue to support us in administrative matters in the future.