INNOVABRIDGE has a lean management structure. The Board of Trustees is responsible for shaping the strategic direction of the Foundation. It makes key decisions on organizational projects, finances, budget, strategy and policies. The Managing Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Foundation. The professional staff consists of a core team of Strategic Advisors with operational basis in Caslano, Switzerland and of Expert Associates throughout the world.

Core team

Our team of strategic advisors has a wide range of cross-regional and sectoral expertise in the areas of economic development, governance and rule of law and environment and sustainable livelihoods. Our advisors have an average of more than 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating international development projects.

Dieter Von Blarer

Senior Advisor
Member of Board of Trustees

Rule of Law, Human Rights, Governance and Decentralization, Conflict Transformation and Mediation

Suna Karakas

Senior Advisor

Good Governance, Civic Engagement, Social Inclusion, Training & Capacity Building

Markus Reichmuth

Senior Advisor

Economic Development, Finance and Private Sector Development, Public-Private Partnerships, International Trade

Ernst Schaltegger

Senior Advisor

Agriculture, Energy, Natural Resources Management, Food Security, Sustainable Livelihoods

Nicola Schoenenberger, PhD

Managing Director

Biodiversity, Environment, Natural Resources Management, Botany, Plant Genetics

Simone Schoenenberger

Member of Board of Trustees

Management, Coordination, Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction                                                      

Jordanka Tomkova, PhD

Senior Advisor
Member of Board of Trustees

Public Sector Reform, E-governance, Land Rights and Post-conflict Land Restitution, Social Accountability

International Expert Associates

INNOVABRIDGE’s team of international expert associates complement the skills of our strategic advisors where needed to jointly collaborate on international development projects.

  • Bruno Bellosi
    Environment and Plant Sciences

    Italian, is an environmental scientist and plant sciences specialist. He has solid experience in geo-environmental risk assessments, and is an excellent statistician and field scientist.

  • Nando Breiter
    Climate Change

    American, is the initiator of the CarbonZero Project. He has a background in horticulture, manufacturing and computer programming, and is deeply engaged with biochar.

  • Nicolas Foidl
    Renewable Energies

    Austrian, is a physicist by training and an instigator of unconventional thought in a wide range of areas. These include bioenergy systems, such as pyrolysis, biogas and the design of the respective processes and devices.

  • Vanessa Ghielmetti

    Swiss/Italian, is a political scientist with a significant background in the management of not for profit organizations. In her 10 years of professional activity abroad (Bolivia) and in Switzerland in the field of international cooperation, she acquired solid expertise in the management of women’s platforms and in planning and implementing projects for the promotion of gender equality.

  • Verona Groveman
    Gender and food systems

    Dutch, has many years of experience as a rural sociologist/anthropologist with an ecological background in rural development, natural resource management and food security programmes. Well-experienced in evaluation and impact studies.

  • Gianluca Guidotti
    Water and Sanitation

    Swiss, is an environmental engineer whose expertise lies in the fields of water supply and sanitation. He has worked for humanitarian organizations (ICRC and SDC-HA) in emergencies and conflict related situations as well as in policy advise and development projects with the World Bank.

  • Godbertha Kinyondo, PhD
    Business Administration

    Tanzanian, has a PhD in economics with a strong background in agriculture. She is presently a lecturer at the Mzumbe University Business School in Dar es Salaam.

  • Franklina Mantilla
    Local Government Services

    Belgian/Philippine, is a community development expert with many years of hands-on experience in community mobilization and institutional development, gender mainstreaming for the promotion of gender equality and income generating activities, and improving nutrition governance through multi-sectoral coordination in Asia and Africa. She has also ample experience in project management and evaluations.

  • Anna Matveeva
    Development and conflict management

    Anna Matveeva, Russian and UK, is a specialist ist in conflict prevention, rule of law and access to justice with special emphasis on Central Asia. She is proficient in English, Russian with sound knowledge in Tajik. Among other functions, she served in the "Ambassadors-of-Goodwill-Network" in Central Asia, a peace building project of the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs.

  • Leonardo Mayorga
    Renewable Energies

    Nicaraguan and a mechanical engineer with ample experience in developing improved woodstoves and charcoal generators.

  • Betty Mlingi, PhD
    Food Security

    Tanzanian, is an agriculturalist and a leading expert in poverty reduction, food security, post-harvest losses and related baseline and repeat surveys.

  • Andreas Obser
    International Relations and Public Management

    German, with extensive expertise in the design and management of international knowledge sharing and learning networks in the fields of public governance, natural resource management and climate change.

  • Nina Prochazka
    International Relations

    Swiss/Czech, has an academic background in international relations and specializes in HR and organizational management. She gained substantial experience in national and international development programmes.

  • Francesco Rezzonico
    Rural Development

    Swiss, is an agriculturalist by training, and specializes in animal production systems. He is experienced in community development, decentralization and agricultural development in different post-conflict and fragile environments.