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Foundation Council FiBL Switzerland

The Foundation Council of the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) determines the focus of FiBL activities and acts as a public representative for the institute in strategic, issue-related and financial matters.


Martin Ott

President of the FiBL Foundation Council
Bio-dynamic farmer, Fintan Foundation

Urs Brändli

President Bio Suisse

Ralf Bucher

CEO Farmer’s Union Canton Aargau, member of the parliament of the canton Aargau

Dr. Peter Felser

Lecturer in brand management, consultant, entrepreneur

Roland Frefel

Head of Coop Category Management Fresh Produce, Member of board of directors

Dr. Claudia Friedl

Vice-President of the FiBL Foundation Council, Member of the National Council, Expert in natural science

Markus Hausammann

Farmer, President of the Association Agriculture Thurgovia, Former Member of the Swiss National Council

Prof. Dr. Bernard Lehmann

Steering Committee HLPE at CFS-FAO (World Food Security)
Former Full Professor for Agricultural Economics, ETH and former DG Federal Office for Agriculture, FOAG

Dr. Ulrich Siegrist

Former Canton of Aargau State Councillor, former National Councillor

Task and competences of the Foundation Council


All of FiBL's bodies structure their work in such a way that its employees can achieve excellent results in Swiss, European and international research on issues relevant to the future of agriculture.

Based on the foundation's statutes and the objectives and tasks laid down therein, the aim is to achieve active and free self-expression and further development of all the Institute's forces, and a strong position as a research institution.

All management and organisational measures must serve this purpose within the financial and economic circumstances.

Tasks of the Foundation council

It decides on

  • the Institute's mission statement drawn up by the board of directors,
  • the multiannual planning including the Institute's strategy and financial planning,
  • the annual budget,
  • fundamental decisions on the company structure,
  • opening and closing of sites and branches.

It approves

  • the annual report and annual financial stament,
  • the regulations on personnel and salary policy,
  • it deals with the report of the auditors.

It elects                                                                                                                         

  • the directorate
  • the auditors.

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