The Julius Baer Foundation is domiciled in Zurich and is under the supervision of Swiss law. It has close ties with the Julius Baer Group, which provides it with financial and administrative assistance as well as personnel support. The Julius Baer Foundation is monitored by the supervisory authority for foundations of the Canton of Zurich and is a member of SwissFoundations.

In view of the diverse aspects of its mission, the Julius Baer Foundation operates autonomously. It is governed by the Foundation Board which meets four times a year and consists of both senior executives of Julius Baer and individuals external to the company. The Board lays out policies and the strategic focus of the foundation, and defines project selection, duration of project support, and fund allocation. The Board also determines the foundation’s investment policy, which covers risk assessment and monitoring. The General Manager is responsible for the operational leadership of the foundation.

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Foundation Management


Christoph Schmocker, General Manager

“To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.” Khalil Gibran

As General Manager of the Julius Baer Foundation, I strive to ensure that the Foundation supports courageous, innovative partner organisations in our core areas, and that our partners receive professional guidance in order to achieve the defined goals. Further, I offer my extensive philanthropic experience to our clients to best advise them on their own philanthropic goals.

Kathrin Benz, Communications and Operations

“When you make your way, the horizon opens its borders.” Chinese Proverb

I make sure that the Foundation reports on its activities and commitments in a transparent and appealing manner, giving it a face both internally and externally. In addition, I support the General Manager in the operational management of the Foundation.

Caroline Piraud, Philanthropy Advisor

“The true noble does not preach what he does until he has done what he preaches.” Confucius

As a philanthropy advisor, I enjoy motivating our bank clients to do good, inspiring them with our work at the Julius Baer Foundation, and accompanying them on their personal philanthropic journey. In accordance with our Foundation motto “Walk the Talk”, we not only offer guidance, but also apply the corresponding methods and processes in our own daily work, thereby increasing our knowledge and credibility.

Melanie Kassewalder, Operations Manager

“Make the impossible possible, the possible easy and the easy elegant….” Moshé Feldenkrais

I support the General Manager  in the operational leadership of the Foundation and assist building the areas of foundation and philanthropy advisory using methods of communication. 
I strengthen the brand name of Julius Baer Foundation as well as organising events and round-tables.

Foundation Board


Daniel J. Sauter, President

“The time is always right to do the right thing.” Martin Luther King

As one of the first non-profit foundations in Swiss banking, the Julius Baer Foundation has profoundly shaped how we view our relationship to society. Building on this heritage, it is my objective to strengthen our engagement even further, by providing our clients and employees open access to our expertise and our projects.

Larissa Alghisi Rubner, Member

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

 As a Board Member of the Julius Baer Foundation and in my professional capacity, it will be an honour and a priority to promote its work and impact with clients, employees, and the broader public.

Peter Gerlach, Member

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Chinese Proverb

I am committed to anchoring the Foundation more widely within Julius Baer. As Head of Markets, I will strive to meet the needs of our clients both at the product level and in the area of philanthropy, based on the opportunities provided by the Julius Baer Foundation.

Yves Robert-Charrue, Member

“Do well by doing good.” Benjamin Franklin

It is an honour to represent the Julius Baer Foundation to our diverse partners and clients, in particular to our Young Partners. It is important to me to involve the next generation, which holds the future in its hands.

Andreas Weinberg, Member

“We cannot change the wind, but we can adjust the sails.” Aristotle

As a representative of the family Baer, I am committed to ensuring that the Foundation, which is over 50 years old, continues to promote its values and uphold its mission to support society in various areas.

Beatriz Sanchez, Member

“Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it” Mahatma Gandhi

It is an honor for me to be a part of the Julius Baer Foundation Board. As Head Latin America, a region with so much need and opportunities for us to make a difference, I hope to facilitate and promote the Foundation’s mission among our clients, our employees and the broader Latin American population.

Advisory Board


Marietheres Schuler, Advisory Board Member Vocational Training

“Paths are created by walking them.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Based on my expertise in vocational training, I aim to assist the Board of Trustees in ensuring that Foundation grants are used effectively to support projects in this core area. The goal is to enable young people and adolescents to take control of their life and increase their future prospects, thanks to vocational training.

Henning Wilts, Advisory Board Member Recycling PLUS

“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius

In a world of limited resources, we can no longer afford to waste them. Currently, we live as if we had four planets at our disposal. In my work with the Julius Baer Foundation, I seek to support transformation processes towards a resource-efficient circular economy and to advise the Foundation Board on various related projects.

Ariane De Lannoy, Advisory Board Member Wealth Inequality

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Every day, my life and work in South Africa show me the injustice and the consequences of high levels of poverty and inequality. Drawing on my research and policy expertise, I aim to assist the Julius Baer Foundation in finding programmes that build bridges between those who have, and those who do not. The goal is to share knowledge and resources with the poorest in our societies, so that they are empowered and supported to craft sustainable livelihoods going forward.