Denis von der Weid, Chairman and Founder
A doctor in law from the University of Fribourg, and graduate of INSEAD, the international business school based in Fontainebleau, Denis von der Weid left Switzerland for Colombia to focus on the issues of North-South and hunger. Upon his return to Fribourg, he taught development economics and set up a organisation in the same field, and was called upon to teach in Fontainebleau. Several years ensued in the management of a pharmaceutical entreprise, before returning to the field, in India. In 1984, he set up Antenna, as an association, as a network of lawyers – and as a supplier of clandestine radio transmitters to assist human rights activists in a number of countries. By 1989, the organisation had metamorphosed into Antenna Technologies to build up the role of scientific research in the struggle against extreme poverty.
Yves Burrus, Vice Chairman
Yves Burrus graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and from INSEAD in Fontainebleau. His career started as a financial analyst, whence he moved on to direct the Paris office of an American investment bank. In 1971, he founded a Swiss private bank, Banque Ormond, Burrus & Cie SA, and became its director. In 1998, he took over the chair of Marcuard Cook & Cie SA, a Swiss private bank, which was sold in 2001 to Anglo Irish Bank. Yves Burrus is currently Vice-President of the Board of Hyposwiss Private Bank Genève SA as well as of several other companies. For several years he has work principally in support of humanitarian and charitable organisations in Switzerland and abroad. As President of Antenna Technologies Foundation, he focuses in particular on microcredit activities in India.
Peter Stocker, Treasurer
Before moving to Marcuard Family Office as Head of Tax, Legal and Compliance, from 2000 to 2002 Peter Stocker was a Member of the Executive Committee at Bank Vontobel (Liechtenstein) in Vaduz. From 1993 to 2000, he headed the Financial Planning department at Bank Vontobel in Zurich, initially as Vice President, and from 1998 as First Vice President. He was responsible for providing comprehensive financial planning for the bank’s private clients, an area covering taxes, inheritance and matrimonial law, and insurance and pen-sions, in addition to investment. From 1995 until leaving the Vontobel Group, he was a member of the Swiss Bankers Association’s tax commission. He is a member of the Swiss branch of the International Fiscal Association (IFA). In 1999, Peter Stocker gained his Certified Financial Planner (CFP) diploma, as well as completing the INSEAD International Executive Programme (IEP) in Fontainebleau and Singapore. From 1989 to 1993, Peter Stocker worked in Zurich as a tax and legal consultant for Schweizerische Treuhandgesellschaft and Deloitte & Touche AG. Between 1989 and 1992, he completed a dissertation on tax law at the University of Basel, where he had completed his first degree in law between 1984 and 1989.
Dominique Brustlein-Bobst, Member
Dominique Brustlein-Bobst has been contributing her expertise to high-impact ethical and innovative initiatives for 20 years, as a company director, consultant in institutional communication and member of boards of charitable foundations. She is committed to good causes and noble purposes, and offers her services and her support to projects in ethical finance and entrepreneurship, sustainable development, health, scientific research and culture. Dominque joined the Foundation’s board in 2017. She is also Goodwill Ambassador for a number of foundations. Her greatest wish for the future is to create new links and support the development of solid partnerships between them.
Diane Labruyère-Cuilleret, Member
Diane Labruyère-Cuilleret, a French national, is married, with three children. A graduate of HEC Paris, she next obtained an MBA from UC Berkeley and from the Getulio Vargas foundation in Sao Paulo. It in the Agence Française de Développement that she embarked on her career, as manager of agro-industrial projects in Portuguese-speaking Africa. From there, she moved to Carrefour to become Director of Purchasing and Products Marketing. In 2002, she co-founded the l’Institut Robin des Bois (Robin Hood Institute) in Geneva. This private foundation finances some 20 projects a year, primarily in Africa, in the fields of health, education and microfinance. In 2007, she took her place in the family business where she works on growing its food distribution activities, extending a tradition already four generations old.
Dr. Claude Regamey, Member
Dr. Claude Regamey is a specialist in internal medicine and infectious diseases (FMH). He is married with two children. After a high school diploma in Berne and medical studies in Geneva, he became doctor’s assistant and chief resident at the Geneva Hospital (Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève). He then received the Eli Lilly international fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Washington (Seattle, USA) (1969-1971). Back to the Geneva Hospital, he became doctor in charge of research as Privat Docent. In 1976 he was appointed chief doctor in internal medicine at the Hospital of Aigle, then chief doctor in internal medicine at the Cantonal Hospital of Fribourg (1981-2006). He is a professor since 1982. Dr. Regamey is a member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS) since 1988, member of the Central Committee (1999-2007). He also chaired the Central Commission of Ethics of the SAMS (2006-2008) and he is member of the Foundation Board of the Institute A. Merke (nanotechnology). His interests are infectious diseases, antibiotics, bacterial resistance and pharmacokinetics. He is also committed to development of South countries.