Organization and Responsible Persons

Foundation Board

The Foundation Board is composed as follows:

Dr. oec. HSG
Ricardo Cordero
President, Responsible for country programs El Salvador and Guatemala

Dr. iur. HSG
Isabel Stirnimann
Vice President, Responsible for Projects

Dr. oec. HSG
Steffen Tolle
Responsible for Finances

Dr. rer. pol.
Ivan Adamovich
Responsible for country program Colombia

lic. oec. HSG
Marcus Stadelmann
Responsible for country program Perú


Prof. Dr. phil.
Yvette Sánchez
Responsible for contacts to HSG

Christian Egli
Responsible for country program Colombia

Ueli Frei
Responsible for Best Practices

The Foundation Board is the foundation's main organizational entity. All its members are domiciled in Switzerland. It is from here where every member fulfills his or her responsibility, be it for a specific country program or for a specific function within the board. Board members who are responsible for a specific country program have a high personal affinity to that country and visit these on a regular basis.

All members of the Foundation Board fulfill their tasks on a voluntary basis, i.e. all costs and expenses of their work are fully borne by them personally.

The main tasks of the foundation board include, inter alia, the fund raising, the supervision of the country programs and the organization and undertaking of events.


Ursula Arenas Meier

The secretariat grants support to the Foundation Board in all organizational and administrative tasks. At the same time it also acts as the foundation's link to the local committees.

Part of the executive management work is remunerated since 2024, while another part is performed on a pro bono basis.

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The Patronage Committee

it is composed as follows:

  • Prof. Dr. Bruno Gehrig
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Nobel
  • Dr. Gerhard Schwarz

The Patronage Committee grants support to the Foundation Board by establishing valuable contacts to potential donors.

The Local Committees

The local committees represent the foundation in a specific country and are the main link to the Foundation Board and the secretariat. 

Typically a local committee is composed of 3-4 persons and is lead by a local entrepreneur. The daily business is normally taken care of by a full or part-time secretary.

The main tasks of the local committees include, inter alia, the selection of potential scholars, the mentoring of scholars during their studies and of alumni after graduation, the cooperation with the local colleges and universities and all administrative tasks related to the “Compromiso de Honor”.

Alumni Associations

The local committees organize alumni reunions on a regular basis. The goal of such reunions is to foster the mutual support and contacts between scholars and alumni as well as the realization of charitable projects.

In addition to these events, there are also alumni associations in all program countries. These associations are autonomous yet are fully supported by our foundation. The alumni associations serve as a prime network between scholars and alumni and in some cases even realize their own charitable projects.