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. Together with Danny Bürkli she supervises 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.

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.

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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

Project manager

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. 

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Paula Beck

Tainee

Paula studied Philosophy and Political Science in Basel and wants to gain some practical experience before starting her Master’s degree. In her studies she focused on current empirical and theoretical democracy research. She is particularly interested in the subjects of representation, participation and the question of how the interaction between citizens and public administration can be improved and how these processes can enhance democratic legitimacy.

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Alana Herrmann

Intern

Alana studied International Affairs in St. Gallen and Canada. In addition to her studies, she was involved in a student association that promotes sustainability in business and management. Now, after completing her Bachelor's degree, she would like to apply the knowledge she acquired. Alana is particularly interested in regional integration processes and Switzerland's relationship with the European Union. In addition, she is fascinated by issues of asylum and migration policy.

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Johannes Driessen

Praktikant

Johannes hat in St. Gallen und Schweden International Affairs studiert. Neben dem Studium engagierte er sich in einem studentischen Verein für sicherheitspolitische Themen. Nach seinem Bachelor hat er bereits ein Praktikum in der Politikberatung absolviert und möchte beim staatslabor vor seinem Master weitere praktische Erfahrung sammeln. Johannes interessiert sich vor allem für sicherheitspolitische und klimapolitische Fragestellungen sowie die Themen Demokratisierung junger Staaten und Wahlsysteme.

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Claudio Schärer

Intern

Claudio studied International Affairs in St. Gallen and Paris. During this time he gained initial experience in consulting as an intern at the United Nations in Geneva. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen. Besides the digitalization of public services his interests lie in the diplomatic ties of Switzerland.