Alenka Bonnard

Alenka Bonnard

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

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.

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Dominik Mösching

Deputy Director

After studying political science in Zurich, Dominik served as director and developer of sustainability education programs at universities, companies and foundations in Switzerland and abroad. More recently, he complemented his professional expertise in participative change with a PhD in organizational sociology and cultural theory at the University of St. Gallen. At staatslabor, operative and strategic projects fall within his responsibilities, along with communication and content. Dominik is particularly interested in how collaborative innovation succeeds in a diverse, interconnected world.

Portrait Maurice Thaidigsmann

Maurice Thaidigsmann


Recently graduated with a Master's degree in public policy and having studied in Germany, South Africa and the Netherlands, Maurice offers knowledge of a variety of administrative processes in different countries. Specializing in disaster risk analysis and multi-level governance, he is particularly interested in issues related to the implementation of global and continental directives in local governments.

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Michelle Baumann


Michelle studied history, sociology, communications and political science in Bern. During her master's studies, she focused on data analysis and policy evaluation, which awakened her curiosity about systematic impact analysis. She is particularly interested in innovations that are contributing to developments in the area of e-government and are changing the relationship between administrations and citizens.