The Team

Alenka Bonnard

Alenka Bonnard

Director et co-founder

A lawyer by training, specialized in the evaluation of public policy, Alenka carried out her studies in Lausanne, Geneva, Berlin and Paris. She benefits from many years of experience in strategy and innovation consulting for large companies, foundations and various public entities. She supervises all the activities and partnerships of the staatslabor and is responsible for strategy and development. Alenka is particularly interested in issues of citizen participation, innovation culture, and service and public policy design.
 

Danny Bürkli

Danny Bürkli

President and co-founder

After studying political science in Switzerland and the United States, Danny worked for several years as consultant for an international strategy consulting firm. He is currently program manager in a foundation providing counseling services to governments regarding the effectiveness and impact of their public policy. The staatslabor benefits from Danny's expertise and international network in the field of innovation. He is particularly interested in artificial intelligence and its role in the evolution of our public services, as well as in the scientific foundations of public policies.

Nicola Forster

Nicola Forster

Initiator and co-founder

After studying law in Zurich, Montpellier and Lausanne, Nicola co-founded one of the major Swiss foreign policy think tanks: as president, he is currently responsible for its development on an international level. He counsels various government departments, international organizations and foundations on their innovation processes and is member of several foundation and advisory boards. Nicola manages staatslabor's strategy and content. Having initiated many non-profit organizations, he is particularly interested in the societal impact and sustainability of such projects.

Maximilian Stern Portrait

Maximilian Stern

Vice-president and co-founder

A political scientist specialized in economics and European law, Maximilian co-founded and directed several think tanks and organizations which are part of today's Swiss national political landscape. Currently based in Zurich, he offers counsel on their innovation strategy to a variety of clients in Switzerland and abroad, while also participating in numerous non-profit projects. At staatslabor, he is in charge of various key projects and deals with strategic issues. Maximilian is particularly interested in the digitalization of democratic processes.