EXECUTIVE TEAM

Operational activities fall under the responsibility of an interdisciplinary and streamlined 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) Jacqueline Grollimund (Project Monitoring and Controlling), supported by Alina Huonder (student assistant).

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, manages the foundation's support programmes, and networks the foundation's activities with central partners.

Core activities
She has been working for the Gebert Rüf Foundation since 1999 and has since then been heavily involved in promoting Swiss start-up companies. In addition, she coordinates GRS's support programmes in the fields of technology, natural sciences and education.

As the coordinator of the Kick Foundation, an initiative launched in 2015 to network and accelerate innovation in Switzerland, Pascale Vonmont promoted the foundation of «digitalswitzerland» and represented GRS on the board of directors of this location initiative, which is organised as an association and foundation, during the four-year start-up phase. She has headed the strategy council of «Venture Kick» since the founding of the support programme and has been chairing the foundation board of the «startupticker» since 2015. In this function, she supports the strengthening of «knowledge entrepreneurship» at Swiss universities.

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. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Swiss National Science Foundation since 2019.


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 and manages selected funding programmes of the foundation, advises applicants and supervises ongoing funding projects.

Core activities
Within the strategic funding cluster of the foundation, Marco Vencato is mainly responsible for the programme management of «First Ventures» and «Scientainment. The further development of these funding programmes is also part of his area of responsibility, as is the launch of new funding priorities in coordination with the Foundation Board. In addition, he advises funding candidates who are considering submitting a project application and assists the project managers supported by the foundation in the implementation of their projects.

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.

Core activities
Jacqueline Grollimund has been responsible for project controlling of the approximately 150 ongoing research projects since 2003. She accompanies and supervises the projects administratively from contract to completion and keeps an eye on reporting and payment processes. She appreciates the personal, multilingual exchange with project leaders from various disciplines.

Furthermore, she complements the team in internal and external communication with editorial contributions for newsletters and social media as well as critical proofreading and preparation of reporting for the foundation board.

After completing her training as a pharmaceutical assistant and as an office administrator, her career took her from the pharmacy to a medical publisher, pharmaceutical company and from there to the world of foundations. During her work for the Gebert Rüf Stiftung, she has received further training in the field of foundation management (CEPS) and gained in-depth knowledge of process flows through an NDS in project management.

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 organisational processes of the foundation office and provides operational support to the management.

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

Alina Huonder, student assistant since 2019

After a six-month internship at Gebert Rüf Stiftung, Alina Huonder supports the executive team in media and project work as well as in administrative and organizational processes. In addition, she is studying for a Master's degree in European Global Studies at the University of Basel. 

Address and availability
You can reach Alina Huonder by telephone on Mondays and Fridays:

Alina Huonder
Gebert Rüf Stiftung
Haus der Stiftungen
St. Alban-Vorstadt 5
4052 Basel
Direct line +41 61 270 88 26
alina.notexisting@nodomain.comhuonder@grstiftung.notexisting@nodomain.comch