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The Sponsorship Committee
of the Swiss Alpine Museum

Since the Swiss Alpine Museum (alps) was reopened in April 2012, several renowned Swiss personalities have been supporting the museum in tackling the considerable financial challenges of the future! Already today, numerous individuals, companies and organizations, together with the Swiss Confederation, the Canton and the City of Berne and the Swiss Alpine Club, are committed to ensuring the museum’s funding every year. The recently established Sponsorship Committee now aims to make the ALPS even more popular throughout Switzerland, to get more partners to commit themselves financially and to ensure the museum’s longer-term viability.

President

Stefan Engler, State Councilor, Christian Democratic People’s Party (CVP)
Politicians should be there for the people, not the other way round – that’s one of Stefan Engler‘s convictions. And the State Councilor for the Christian Democratic People’s Party from the Canton of Grisons acts accordingly every day. During his free time, singing and hunting in the mountains of his home canton usually help him take his mind off things.

Committee

Pascale Bruderer Wyss, State Councilor, Social Democratic Party (SP)
Pascale Bruderer Wyss, State Councilor for the Social Democratic Party from the Canton of Aargau, is one of Switzerland’s most popular politicians – probably because you can really feel her joy in her work as a member of parliament every day even after 15 years. During her free time, the 2012 Swiss Award winner (she won the award in the category “Politics”) relaxes with her family, on walks with her Labrador Retriever and while cross-country skiing.

Art Furrer, Mountain Guide & Hotelier
Art Furrer was born in the small mountain village of Greich in the Aletsch region – and has been connected with the mountains his whole life. After he had not been selected for the Winter Olympics in 1960, the young slalom skier tried his luck in the US, where he was the ski instructor of, among others, several members of the Kennedy family and became the father of ski acrobatics. He later returned to Switzerland where he was the pioneer of ski acrobatics. In addition, Art Furrer is also a distinguished hotelier; most notably known is his Art Furrer Resort on the Riederalp in the Canton of Valais.

Hans Hess, State Councilor, FDP.The Liberals
As a longstanding member of the Board of Directors of the Engelberg-Trübsee-Titlis Mountain Railways, Hans Hess knows how to get to the top. Since 1998, the notary from Obwalden has been representing his home canton for FDP.The Liberals in the Council of States.

Roland Huber, Tourism Expert
Roland Huber from the Canton of Grisons is a thoroughbred politician, and he knows exactly what he’s talking about when he explains what a real mountain guy is. Huber grew up in Davos and although he has been working as a tourism, mountain railway and hotel resort manager in various national and international locations, he has never lost his connection to the Swiss mountains.

Bruno Jelk, Rescue Chief, Zermatt
Only few people know the mountains better than he does: mountaineer Bruno Jelk has carried out roughly 5,000 rescue assignments as a mountain rescuer for the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) and the rescue organization Valais (KWRO) throughout the years. Originally from Plaffeien in the Canton of Fribourg, Jelk used to be a trekking guide in Tibet and Nepal and was in charge of several expeditions, including treks to the Lothse Shar (8,380 m / 27,503 ft) and the Manaslu (8,162 m / 26,781 ft).

Werner Luginbühl, State Councilor, Conservative Democratic Party (BDP)
Werner Luginbühl from Krattigen in the Berne region is a man of action: The State Councilor for the Conservative Democratic Party (BDP) learned how to work from an early age. As a young man, he did an apprenticeship as a draftsman for heating systems before continuing his studies at various institutes and eventually going in for a career in politics.

Prof. em. Dr. Bruno Messerli, Institute of Geography of the University of Berne
Throughout his life, Bruno Messerli has been taking a stand for the mountains and has been conducting highly respected research in the Alpine region and the mountain ranges of the Mediterranean and Africa as well as the Himalaya and the Andes. In addition, the father of four children was involved in establishing a chapter on sustainable mountain development in Agenda 21, the action plan of the UN Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and wrote the first draft of the UN International Year of Mountains in 2002.

Fabio Pedrina, former Member of the National Council, Social Democratic Party (SP)
The mountains are sacred to him: as the president of the Alpine Initiative, Fabio Pedrina is one of the “constant thorns in the side of Switzerland’s transport policy”, as former Federal Councilor Moritz Leuenberger put it once. Between 1999 and 2011, the politician from the Canton of Ticino represented the Social Democratic Party in the National Council.

Kathy Riklin, Member of the National Council, Christian Democratic People’s Party (CVP)
Hiking up mountains – that is her passion. During her spare time, Kathy Riklin hikes up mountains with skins on her skis, but she also does so in a more figurative sense: the natural scientist from Zurich has been representing the Christian Democratic People’s Party (CVP) in the National Council since 1999.

Bernhard Russi, Olympic Champion
Every child knows Bernhard Russi – the skiing world champion and Olympic champion is one of Switzerland’s greatest skiing legends of all time. Whereas he used to be famous as a fearless ski racer back then, he’s above all an experienced and witty columnist and co-commentator on Swiss national TV nowadays.

Alexander Tschäppät, former Mayor of the City of Berne
«Don’t think you’re so important» – that’s Alexander Tschäppät’s motto in life. And maybe that’s exactly one of the reasons why he’s the most important man in Switzerland’s capital city today: Alexander Tschäppät has been the Mayor of the City of Berne since 1 May 2005. The father of two children collects tin toys and is, by his own account, passionate about both cooking and eating.

Alec von Graffenried, Mayor of the City of Berne
Mountain hikes, bike tours on alpine roads and over mountain passes, and long days of skiing: Whenever Alex von Graffenried finds some free time between his job with a construction company, his mandate as a member of the National Council and his function as the president of Berne Tourism, he’s drawn to the nearby Alps to unwind.

Benedikt Weibel, former Head of the Swiss Federal Railways
Benedikt Weibel was the head of the Swiss Federal Railways for many years and is now honorary professor at the University of Berne, where he lectures on practical management. And Weibel, who is from Thoune originally, is also a well-versed climber and has been a qualified mountain guide since 1971.

Kurt Wüthrich, Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry
All of Switzerland is proud of him: Biophysics professor Kurt Wüthrich, who grew up in Lyss, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2002. The father of two children is honorary citizen of his native town Lyss.

Prof. Dr. Rolf Zinkernagel, Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine
Rolf Zinkernagel was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1996. Zinkernagel, who is originally from the Canton of Basel, is professor emeritus of the University of Zurich and holds several honorary doctorates all over the world.

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