AFS is an internationally active, political neutral  and volunteer driven not for profit organization.

The democratic nature of our structure enables all members to participate actively in the development of AFS and to define the focus of our work. The volunteers are supported by our office staff and the national board.

Board

Our unsalaried board consists of 9 members, who are either AFS alumni or bring other expertise in the fields of intercultural learning, organizational development and sustainability.
Suzanne Weigelt

Suzanne Weigelt

Chair

Former Teacher

Iris Reber

Iris Reber

Vice Chair

Application Chemist, Metrohm AG

Luc Estape

Luc Estapé

Board Member ex officio

Managing Director of AFS Switzerland

Idris Abdelkhalek

Idris Abdelkhalek

Board Member

Advocate internship at Froriep Legal SA

Shadrack Ashong

Shadrack Ashong

Board Member

Managing Director for Switzerland and Austria at Löwenstark Online Marketing GmbH

Lisa Drössler

Lisa Drössler

Board Member

Strategy Manager, Swissgrid AG

Emi Fohim

Emi Fohim

Board Member

PhD Student at the Institute for Systemic Management and Public Governance, HSG

Antonia König

Antonia König

Board Member

Head IWM Communications, Credit Suisse

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Nicole von Reitzenstein

Board Member

Programm Manager, SECO

Office Staff

The 25 office staff work closely with our volunteer base to create successful intercultural experiences for all our participants and host families.

For Participants

Michela DAmelio

Michela D'Amelio

Abroad programs for adolescents

044 218 19 04

Email

Marco Rotondo

Marco Rotondo

Abroad programs for adults

044 218 19 05

Email

Host family aquisition

Maria Bassi

Maria Bassi

aquisition Coordinator

044 218 19 12

Email

Lea Studer

Lea Studer

Host family aquisition

044 218 19 19

Email

Renate von Rickenbach

Renate von Rickenbach

Host family aquisition

044 218 19 01

Email

Support for Host Families and Hosted Students

Fatma Ayman

Fatma Ayman

FOR THE GERMAN-SPEAKING PART

044 218 19 09

Email

Lisa Hübsch

Lisa Hübsch

FOR THE GERMAN-SPEAKING PART

044 218 19 10

Email

Olivia Manrecaj

Olivia Manrecaj

FOR THE GERMAN-SPEAKING PART

044 218 19 17

Email

Support for Participants Abroad

Sarah Slan

Sarah Slan

For the german-speaking part

044 218 19 06

Email

Customer Service, Administration, Visa

Simone Ghilardi

Simone Ghilardi

Customer Care

044 218 19 19

Email

Daniela Braun

Daniela Braun

customer care

044 218 19 25

Email

Nadine Langenegger

Nadine Langenegger

Accounting

044 218 19 16

Email

Volunteer Support and Network Development

Sophie Bruderer

Sophie Bruderer

FOR THE French-SPEAKING PART

044 218 19 19

Email

Robin Müller

Robin Müller

For the German-speaking part

044 218 19 15

Email

Irene Schärer

Irene Schärer

Volunteering and Support Coach

044 218 19 08

Email

Marylene Tissot

Marylène Tissot

FOR THE french-SPEAKING PART

022 534 91 19

Email

SeHee Wee

SeHee Wee

FOR THE GERMAN-SPEAKING PART

044 218 19 02

Email

School Relations

Ueli Rickenbach

Ueli Rickenbach

For the German-speaking Part

044 218 19 14

Email

Renate von Rickenbach

Renate von Rickenbach

For the German-speaking Part

044 218 19 01

Email

Marylene Tissot

Marylène Tissot

FOR THE FRENCH-SPEAKING PART

022 534 91 19

Email

Marketing and Communications

Maria Bassi

Maria Bassi

Marketing & Communications

044 218 19 12

Email

Tiziana Tarzia

Tiziana Tarzia

Marketing & Communications

044 218 19 22

Email

Marylene Tissot

Marylène Tissot

Marketing Coach

022 534 91 19

Email

Nicolas Martig

Nicolas Martig

Webmaster

044 218 19 19

Email

Management

Valerie Brockhaus

Valerie Brockhaus

hosting director

044 218 19 28

Email

Luc Estape

Luc Estapé

managing director, Sending director

044 218 19 19

Email

Reto Stern

Reto Stern

Business Development Director

044 218 19 13

Email

Our Interns

Luca Palumbo

Luca Palumbo

Volunteer Network

044 218 19 19

Email

Eline Fontannaz

Eline Fontannaz

pour la suisse romande

044 218 19 19

Email

Finance committee

Jürg Rüttimann

FC CHAIR

Journalist Tagesanzeiger
Formerly Chair of AFS Switzerland

Luc Estapé

MEMBER OF FC

Managing Director of AFS Switzerland

Bryan Liu

MEMBER OF FC

Financial Analyst at Gategroup

Emamdeen Fohim

MEMBER OF FC

PhD Student at the Institute for Systemic Management and Public Governance, HSG

Peter Stucki

MEMBER OF FC

Administrator

René Kamber

MEMBER OF FC

Manager KaFO Investment
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Suzanne Weigelt

MEMBER OF FC

Chair AFS Switzerland