About Us

ESTHER Switzerland Organization

Since 2016, the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) of the University of Bern hosts the ESTHER Switzerland Secretariat and implements the ESTHER Switzerland programme on behalf of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

A Steering Committee will be responsible for the allocation of grants and start-up funds.

The Steering Committee is composed by the following members:

  • Dr. Matthias Egger, ISPM Director, ESTHER Switzerland Supervisor (Chair)
  • Jan Fehr, MD, Division of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology, University Hospital Zurich
  • Nicola Low, Prof. Dr. med., MSc FFPH, Head of Sexual and Reproductive Health Group, ISPM, University of Bern
  • Kaspar Wyss, PhD, MPH, Head of Department, Swiss TPH
  • Susanne Amsler, Global Health Advisor SRHR, SDC/FDFA
  • Alexandre von Kessel, Global Health, FOPH/FDHA
  • Nathan Ford, PhD, Senior Advisor, Department of HIV/AIDS, World Health Organization
  • Thomas Vogel, Project Leader, Medical Faculty, University Hospitals of Geneva and Medicus Mundi
  • Mary-Ann Davies, MD, PhD, Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research, University of Cape Town, South Africa

The ESTHER Switzerland Secretariat is managed by Mr Luciano Ruggia, Project Manager, and supervised by Prof. Dr. Matthias Egger, ISPM Director

For questions about ESTHER Switzerland: Luciano.ruggia@ispm.unibe.ch