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.
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

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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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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.

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Maximilian Reiterer

Intern

Maximilian studied history and political science in Lucerne and Florence. Thus he got to know various administrations first hand. During his studies he specialized in the field of European policy and international cooperation. Maximilian is particularly interested in how new innovative ideas from other countries can be applied in Switzerland.

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James Ansorg

Intern

James studied Economics, Politics and International Relations in London. As Co-Founder of a Youth Parliament during his high school years he advocated an integrative, collaborative and holistic approach to politics. He is particularly interested in the yet unrealised potential of synergies, digital solutions and networks, the efficient and citizen-centric public service delivery as well as sustainability.

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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.

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Nicoletta Lumaldo

Senior project manager and fellow

During her studies in Argentina, Berne and Lausanne, Nicoletta specialised in Public Management and Monitoring & Evaluation. She has experience in implementing social interventions at the UN, with NGOs and in the public sector. In addition, she uses data analysis in support of organisational development processes. At staatslabor she supports projects in education and youth work. Nicoletta is very interested in collaborative and innovative processes and in supporting people and organisations who are dedicated to improving the world.