First foundation director
As the first CEO of Gebert Rüf Stiftung, Philipp Egger was instrumental in its rapid and successful positioning. He drove the development of the foundation with a forward-looking understanding of philanthropy guided by transparency, impact and foundation governance. After just a few years, Gebert Rüf Stiftung had won a reputation beyond Switzerland's borders as an exemplary, visible and highly effective grant-making foundation.
Engaging in targeted collaboration with universities and institutions, he enabled a large number of public private partnerships. For instance, as a member of the strategic Swissnex Committee, he was involved in the development and expansion of a Swiss ERI presence in the US and Asia from the very outset.
Promoter of Switzerland as a location for foundations
As co-initiator (1999) and long-serving member of the board of trustees (until 2015) of SwissFoundations, the association of Swiss grant-making foundations, he was committed to robustly pushing ahead the development of Switzerland as a liberal location for foundations at the level of norms, strategy and operations, for instance as editor of the «Foundation Governance» book series (Helbling Lichtenhahn Verlag), as initiator and co-author of the Swiss Foundation Code and co-founder of Fondation des Fondateurs, now Switzerland's largest umbrella foundation independent of financial service providers. His work towards the renewal of the foundation sector also took him into the international arena, namely to the US and Europe.
Stepping down but not away
Philipp Egger resigned as director at the end of 2016 at his own request. The handover of strategic and operational management to the next generation had long been prepared. The subsequent phase of his professional career will be devoted to the role of Gebert Rüf Stiftung delegate for the Eastern Europe activities laid down in the foundation charter.