Team

Alenka Bonnard

Alenka Bonnard

Co-director and 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

Co-director and co-founder
Danny studied political science in Zurich, Geneva and the USA. After his studies he worked in Berlin for a leading international strategy consultancy. He was part of the founding team of the Centre for Public Impact, a global organization dedicated to effective government. He helped establish and grow the organization as part of its leadership team. Danny has a keen interest in complex systems theory and in emerging public administration paradigms. He jointly leads the staatslabor team together with Alenka Bonnard.
Nicola Forster

Nicola Forster

President and co-founder

After studying law in Zurich, Montpellier and Lausanne, Nicola co-founded and presided over the leading Swiss foreign policy think tank foraus for ten years. He is a moderator and counsels various government departments, international organizations and foundations on their innovation processes. In addition, he presides over Science et Cité, is board member of Akademien Schweiz, member of the Swiss UNESCO Commission and politically active. As president of the staatslabor, Nicola contributes to staatslabor's strategy and content and is particularly interested in the societal impact of public innovation

Maximilian Stern

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.

Patrick Stadler

Patrick Stadler

Senior project manager

Patrick studied political science in Bern and Geneva, Switzerland. He can build on work experience from the Swiss federal administration, international organizations, and startups. At staatslabor, he leads several innovation projects, including in the fields of migration and public health. Patrick is particularly interested in evidence-based policy, digital transformation, and lean startup methods.

Ivo Scherrer

Ivo Scherrer

Senior project manager and Fellow

Ivo studied International Economics in Paris, Geneva, and St. Gallen and has specialised in energy markets, climate policy, and sustainable digitalisation strategies. Amongst others, he has worked for the OECD and ETH. He’s a co-founder of the grassroots think tanks foraus and Argo. In the scope of his work for staatslabor, Ivo is particularly interested in how the public sector can leverage the collective intelligence of its employees as well as of the residents of Switzerland to tackle complex political and social challenges.

Christa Schlechten

Christa Schlechten

Operations Lead

Christa started her career in the hospitality industry and then switched to public administration. She has several years of experience in project management, holds a corresponding certificate of advanced studies from the Bern University of Applied Sciences and is interested in the development and modernisation of public services. Christa is also passionate about process development, a skill she also brings to bear in her current role as staatslabor’s Operations Lead.

Michael Stirnimann

Dario Meloni

Senior project manager

Dario Meloni studied psychology and sociology in Zurich, Bern and Amsterdam. He has several years of experience in advising corporations and the public administration, especially in the field of behavioural sciences. Before his role as a consultant, he worked in the federal administration and at ETH Zurich. Dario is particularly interested in how public administrations can align their services, processes and policies to the needs of citizens and society.

Medea Fux

Medea Fux

Intern

Medea studied interdisciplinary natural sciences in Zürich. In parallel, she has been engaged in representing students at various levels (VSETH, VSS). She is interested in interdisciplinary ways of thinking and approaches, both in teaching, research and society. Thematically, she likes to deal with equal opportunities, digitalisation, education, participation and sustainability. 

Medea Fux

Jana Walder

Intern

Jana studied International Affairs in St. Gallen and Geneva. In parallel, she has volunteered for a wide variety of organizations in the fields of Swiss politics, integration, development aid, sustainability as well as environmental protection. Jana has a keen interest in political and social issues related to gender equality, refugee policy, animal rights, environment and happiness.

Michael Stirnimann

Carmen Jeanguenat

Intern

Carmen studied International Affairs in St. Gallen and is currently taking a break from her political science studies in Zurich. At the same time, she is involved in various associations and initiatives that pursue goals such as equality, diversity and social justice. As part of her engagement, she co-organized the first Pride Month at the University of St. Gallen to advocate for the rights and visibility of the LGBT+ community.

Michael Stirnimann

Michael Stirnimann

Intern

Michael studied Political Science in Bordeaux, Zurich, and London. During this time, he specialized in the field of political behavior research in the European context and was involved in various student organizations. He has experience working in political consulting and in the Swiss public administration. Michael is particularly interested in how behavioral science methods and new digital technologies can be used to improve public service.