Board

R. GEOFF RICHARDS
PRESIDENT

Prof R Geoff Richards has worked at the AO Research Institute Davos (ARI) in the field of fracture healing research and development since 1991. Since being appointed as its Director in 2009, Prof. Richards has strengthened its academic credibility by continuously improving the quality of publications, acquiring national and international project funding, and being at the forefront of organising high-quality international conferences and serving on editorial boards and societies. Since 2020, he has also been Director of Research and Development at the AO Foundation. He currently holds three professorships at Cardiff University (UK), Guangzhou University Hospital (CN) and the University of Freiburg (D). He is a Fellow of several international societies. He holds the highest Fellowship of the Learned Society of Wales, the national academy of arts and sciences.

Both he and his wife and three children have Davos as their home town. He grew up in Wales, UK, and also has Scottish roots. His wife is Belgian, which means that their three children are growing up multilingual.

PHILIPP WILHELM
VICE PRESIDENT, MUNICIPALITY OF DAVOS & CULTURE

Philipp Wilhelm has headed the Davos Presidential Department as mayor since 2021. He grew up in Monstein and attended the SAMD in Davos. He then completed a Master's degree in architecture at ETH Zurich. He also represents the SP in the Grand Council in Graubünden and was President of the SP Graubünden from 2016 - 2020. Philipp Wilhelm is involved in various foundations and is strongly committed to cultural life in Davos.

WALTER O. FREY
MANAGING DIRECTOR SPORT & HEALTH

Dr. med. Walter O. Frey ist seit 2012 ärztlicher Leiter von Balgrist Move>Med an der Universitätsklinik Balgrist in Zürich, bis 2010 war er Sportarzt der Schweizer Armee und ist seit 2015 der erste Chefarzt (Chief Medical Officer) von Swiss Ski. Walter O. Frey hat einen familiären und beruflichen Bezug zur Region: Nachdem er schon in seiner Kindheit oft die Ferien in Davos verbrachte, war er mehrere Jahre in Davos wohnhaft, zuerst als Assistenzarzt, später als Oberarzt an der Thurgauer-Schaffhauser Höhenklinik, wo er für den Aufbau und die Leitung des Sportmedizinischen Zentrums des Schweizerischen Olympischen Verbandes in Davos und der rheumatologischen/physikalischen Abteilung an der Klinik verantwortlich war. 

KATJA BÄRENFALLER
LIFE SCIENCE

PD Dr Katja Bärenfaller has been a group leader at the Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research (SIAF) in Davos since 2017. She previously worked as a scientist at ETH Zurich, where she completed her habilitation in the field of functional genomics. Her research focusses on the molecular basis of biological processes, she is enthusiastic about science and has something against pseudoscience. She grew up in Brig in Valais and is glad that she was able to settle in Davos with her husband and two children, following in the footsteps of the old Walser people.

SEVERIN GERBER
EDUCATION & EVENTS

Severin Gerber studied history, Latin and political science at the University of Bern. He has been a member of the school management of the Swiss Alpine Secondary School Davos since 2007 and has been its headmaster since 2015. Severin Gerber is married and has two children.

LOUISE HARRA
SOLAR SCIENCE & AWARENESS 
FOR MINT

Louise comes from Northern Ireland and has lived in Davos since 2019. She is Director of PMOD and Professor at ETH. She researches the activities of the sun and is involved in the development and construction of instruments for space probes. She is convinced that everyone can enjoy science and that all children have the chance to become scientists and engineers. She lives in Davos with her husband, who is a space engineer. 
(MINT = mathematics, information technology, natural and engineering sciences and technology)

FRANCO ITEM
LITERATURE & HISTORY

Franco Item, born in 1961, is a TV editor and publicist. In the 1990s, he made TV documentaries about the history of Davos and reworked and reissued old (silent) films about Davos. He wrote the book "Davos - zwischen Bergzauber und Zauberberg", which was published by the Neue Zürcher Zeitung in 2015.

JÜRG SCHWEIZER
SNOW AND AVALANCHE RESEARCH

Jürg Schweizer has been Director of the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF and a member of the WSL Directorate since 2011. He teaches as a titular professor at ETH Zurich. After studying environmental physics, he completed a doctorate in glaciology at ETH Zurich before joining the national team of snow researchers on the Weissfluhjoch in 1990. He has been conducting research at the SLF for over 30 years, interrupted by a research stay in Canada, focussing on snow and fracture mechanics, avalanche formation and avalanche forecasting.

Members

URS GREDIG
COMMUNICATION & MEDIA

Urs Gredig from Davos has worked as a journalist since studying history and journalism. After stints in print, online and radio media, he joined SRF in 2003, where he presented the main edition of the Tagesschau news programme as well as various election and special programmes.
From 2017 to 2020, he was editor-in-chief of the channel "CNNMoney Switzerland" before returning to Swiss television to develop the new talk programme "Gredig direkt" alongside his work at 10vor10. In this role, Urs Gredig takes on important tasks such as moderating public events. However, Urs Gredig is not involved in day-to-day business and operational tasks.

Administration

SABINE MAROLF
WEBSITE & ADMIN

Sabine Marolf has been working as an assistant to the mayor of Davos since 2022. In her role, she is responsible for the Davos City of Knowledge website and organises various events and meetings for the association.

Extended Members

VALÉRIE FAVRE ACCOLA

Valérie Favre Accola is the Head of Regional Development for the Prättigau Davos region in Graubünden and in this role works closely with the Science City of Davos.

BARBARA HALLER RUPF

Barbara Haller Rupf is Director of Academia Raetica and supports scientific research and teaching in the canton of Graubünden. In this role, she works closely with the Science City Davos.

Advisory Board

Prof Dr Cezmi Akdis
Director, Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research SIAF


Maria von Ballmoos
Dipl. phil. II Biologist

Katharina Beisiegel
Director, Kirchner Museum Davos


Adrian Dinkelmann
Head of Regional Development, Graubünden Office for Economy and Tourism

Brigitta Gadient
Former National Councillor, lawyer

Prof. Jürg Kessler
Rector of Graubünden University of Applied Sciences


Dr Rudolf Minsch
Chief Economist economiesuisse

 
Dr Georg Schäppi
CEO Children's Hospital Zurich Board of Trustees aha! Allergy Centre Switzerland


Alois Zwinggi
Managing Director World Economic Forum

Honorary Members

Prof. Dr. med. Peter Matter
Maria von Ballmoos