EXECUTIVE TEAM

Operational activities fall under the responsibility of an interdisciplinary executive team. Its remit is to ensure that areas of activity are developed and that projects receive professional support. The management comprises Dr. Pascale Vonmont (CEO/Director) and Dr. Marco Vencato (Deputy Director). Back office functions are performed by Corinne Burkhardt (Management Assistance/Back Office) and Jacqueline Grollimund (Project Monitoring and Controlling).

Dr. sc. nat. Pascale Vonmont, CEO/Director since 2017

Pascale Vonmont manages the operational side of the foundation. She supports the board of trustees in its strategic activities and is an advisory, non-voting member of the Chairman’s Committee.

Core activities
Since joining Gebert Rüf Stiftung in 1999, she has been heavily engaged in the promotion of Swiss startups. She also coordinates GRS support programmes in the area of technology and natural sciences.

As coordinator of the Kick Foundation, a new foundation established in 2015 with the aim of networking and accelerating innovation in Switzerland, Pascale Vonmont was a key driver behind the establishment of «digitalswitzerland» and represents GRS on the Executive Committee of this location-based initiative, which is organized as an association and foundation. She also heads the «Venture Kick» strategy board and is a member of the jury of the “venture leaders” programme. She has been President of the Board of the Startupticker Foundation since 2015, in which capacity she supports efforts to strengthen science entrepreneurship at Swiss universities.

From 2006 to 2014, she was responsible for coordinating the «Rare Diseases – New Approaches» programme (currently being phased out). Under the new «Microbials» programme she connects all of Switzerland’s research activities in this area.

As a member of the board of SwissFoundations, the association of Swiss grant-making foundations, Pascale Vonmont is committed to Switzerland’s position as a liberal location for foundations. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Philanthropy Studies, which provides university research and professional education for the Swiss foundation sector.

Address and availability
You can reach Pascale Vonmont by telephone from Monday to Friday:

Dr. Pascale Vonmont
Gebert Rüf Stiftung
Haus der Stftungen
St. Alban-Vorstadt 5
4052 Basel
Direct line +41 61 270 88 24
Mobile +41 79 667 91 88
Skype: pascalevonmont
pascale.notexisting@nodomain.comvonmont@grstiftung.notexisting@nodomain.comch

Dr. phil. I Marco Vencato, Deputy Director since 2017

Marco Vencato has an operational role in the foundation’s activities. He coordinates selected support programmes for the foundation and, among other duties, is responsible for advising applicants, providing assistance for ongoing research projects as well as preparing project documentation for the board of trustees.

Core activities
Prior to joining Gebert Rüf Stiftung in October 2016, Marco Vencato worked for the Swiss Science and Innovation Council, where he headed a number of major projects («Encouraging Young Scholars», «The Constellation of Actors in the ERI Sector» etc.) and conducted evaluations of national research bodies.

Within the framework of the foundation’s strategic grant-making cluster, he is primarily responsible for leading the «BREF – Brückenschläge mit Erfolg» and «Scientainment» programmes. The ongoing development of these support programmes and the launch of new areas of activity in consultation with the board of trustees likewise form part of his remit. He also advises university researchers considering submitting a project application, and provides assistance to foundation-funded project managers in the conduct of their research work.

Address and availability
You can reach Marco Vencato by telephone from Monday to Wednesday and on Fridays:

Dr. Marco Vencato
Gebert Rüf Stiftung
Haus der Stftungen
St. Alban-Vorstadt 5
4052 Basel
Direct line +41 61 270 88 20
Mobile +41 76 542 60 73
marco.notexisting@nodomain.comvencato@grstiftung.notexisting@nodomain.comch

Jacqueline Grollimund, Project Monitoring and Controlling since 2003

As the person in charge of project controlling and the administrative monitoring of projects, Jacqueline Grollimund is your first port of call if you have any questions about your project.

Address and availability
You can reach Jacqueline Grollimund by telephone on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays:

Jacqueline Grollimund
Gebert Rüf Stiftung
Haus der Stftungen
St. Alban-Vorstadt 5
4052 Basel
Direct line +41 61 270 88 21
jacqueline.notexisting@nodomain.comgrollimund@grstiftung.notexisting@nodomain.comch

Corinne Burkhardt, Management Assistant/Back Office since 2006

As the member of staff responsible for the back office of Gebert Rüf Stiftung, Corinne Burkhardt is in charge of the administrative and organizational processes of the foundation office and is the management assistant.

Address and availability
You can reach Corinne Burkhardt by telephone from Tuesdays to Fridays:

Corinne Burkhardt
Gebert Rüf Stiftung
Haus der Stiftungen
St. Alban-Vorstadt 5
4052 Basel
Direct line +41 61 270 88 25
corinne.notexisting@nodomain.comburkhardt@grstiftung.notexisting@nodomain.comch