Foundation board

Dr. Hans Rudolf Herren

Foundation President

Dr. Herren is one of the leading scientists worldwide in biological pest control. He has lived and researched in Africa for over 25 years. From 1994 to 2005 he headed the international institute for insect research icipe in Nairobi, Kenya. icipe plays a central role in combating pests, parasites and diseases in developing countries.

Dr. Herren has been awarded many accolades for his research for the welfare of humanity. In 1995 Dr. Herren was the first Swiss to receive the World Food Prize.

In 2013, Hans Rudolf Herren and his Biovision Foundation won the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize. more »

Dr. Barbara Frei Haller

Pharmacist and ethno-botanist, Ardez

Barbara Frei Haller has a doctorate in pharmacy and lectures in ethnopharmacy at ETH Zurich. Her particular interest in both her research and teaching is the interaction between humans and plants within different cultures. She has carried out research in Southern Mexico into medicinal plants and based at icipe in East Africa she investigated the prevention of malaria using local plants.  Since 2000, she has acted as consultant to the hospital pharmacy at the Ospidal Val Müstair in Santa Maria and also works part time as a dispensing chemist in public pharmacies. She first came into contact with Biovision following a Swiss TV programme on her research at icipe and has been a trustee since 2001.

Mathis Zimmermann

Lawyer, Zürich

Mathis Zimmermann has been a partner in the law firm of Steinbrüchel Hüssy since 1995. He specialises primarily in corporate and contract law, trust and association law, property including landlord and tenant law, inheritance law and estate planning and employment law. Mathis Zimmermann, together with Hans Rudolf Herren, Jürg Weber and Andreas Schriber was a founding member of the Biovision Foundation and has been a trustee since its inception.

Maya Graf
Member of Swiss Council of States and organic farmer

Maya Graf, Member of Swiss Council of States (Green Party/BL) and organic farmer, has been associated with Biovision since 2008 thanks to her commitment to implementing the World Agricultural Report (IAASTD). She has been committed to sustainable Swiss agriculture without genetic engineering and to animal welfare for many years. Maya Graf is Co-President of Hochstamm-Suisse and serves on the ProSpecieRara Board of Trustees. Since November 2014 she has also been Co-President of alliance F, the coalition of Swiss Women's Organizations.

Prof. Dr. Ruedi Baumgartner

Prof. eremitus for development co-operation ETH Zürich

Until 2008, Ruedi Baumgartner was Co-Director of NADEL, the Centre for Development and Cooperation at ETH Zurich with responsibility for continuing education programmes in development and cooperation. His teaching activities covered programme strategies for North-South cooperation and their operational implementation and evaluation in different cultural, social and economic contexts. He also undertook consultancy and training assignments in the field of bilateral development cooperation.

Ruedi Baumgartner has been a trustee of the Biovision Foundation since 2005.

Paula Daeppen-Dion

UN NGO representative, Zürich

Paula Daeppen-Dion had a long career as a health professional focused on dental and public health. She has a history of work in the non-profit management sector and United Nations NGO representation, with a particular focus on gender issues. She has built up many contacts within the United Nations and as an NGO representative and is involved inter alia with the UN-NGO Committee on the Status of Women serving as advisor and facilitator. As an active international networker, she promotes and pursues the mission and aims of Biovision in the areas of fundraising, public relations and gender. She has been a trustee since 2010.