The Board of the SSF

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Hans-Jürg Käser, President

Hans-Jürg Käser studied at the phil. hist. Faculty of the University of Bern. Originally he was a secondary teacher and later rector of the secondary education in Langenthal. Politically, Hans-Jürg Käser was full-time Mayor of Langenthal between 1995 and 2006 and at the same time a member of the FDP parliamentary group in the Grand Council of the Canton of Bern. The last two years of that he was parliamentary group president. From June 2006 to May 2018 he was a member of the government. He served as police and military director and chaired the KKJPD (Conference of Cantonal Justice and Police Directors) from 2012-2018. In military terms, Hans-Jürg Käser was Kdt Uem Abt 45 and later Kdt of the HQ Rgt 2 (Infrastructure Regiment of the Federal Council) from 1996-1999.

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Claudia Hollenstein, Vice President

Claudia Hollenstein is a diabetes specialist HF and has been responsible for advising, accompanying and training staff and clients in various clinics since 1993. She has been Head of Health Affairs at the Hirslanden Group since May 2020. Since 2002 she has been working as an independent consultant for people affected by diabetes and companies. Between 2004 and 2011 she was employed at the Hirslanden Clinic, among other things as Head of the Metabolism Center. From 2003 to 2014 Claudia Hollenstein also worked in her own trading company. She has been a councilor in Stäfa since 2012 and head of the civil engineering department since 2014. Among other things, she is a member of the Board Committee of the VZO and a member of the board of f-info. She has also been a Cantonal Councilor in the Canton of Zurich since 2019.

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André Duvillard, Delegierter für den SVS

André Duvillard has been the joint federal and cantonal delegate at the Swiss Security Association (SVS) since 2012. He completed his law studies at the University of Neuchâtel. For the International Committee of the Red Cross he worked as a delegate in Iraq, Israel and Lebanon. He was then Secretary of the Security Policy Commission and later Commander of the Cantonal Police in Neuchâtel (2005-2012). In addition, as a militia officer, he led the task force of the military police search and protection with the rank of colonel.

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Alessandra Gianella, Grossrätin Kanton Tessin, FDP

Alessandra Gianella studied Sinology, History and Political Science at the University of Zurich and Zhejiang University. She did her MA in economics. She is currently completing further training at the University of St. Gallen.
Alessandra Gianella has gained professional experience in companies and associations as well as in authorities. Today she works as the head of the Lugano office at the economic umbrella organization Economiesuisse. She is also politically active as a member of the Ticino Grand Council.

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Eva Blesinger, Inhaberin Institut Vivacitas

Eva Hürlimann has been working in various areas of security and prevention since 2001. Gradually it became clear that she was able to bring her potential to bear most successfully in the area of public safety. She worked for Blesinger Sicherheitsdienste GmbH for over 15 years. This in an operational function as well as a co-owner and member of the management.

Due to the success with the efficient, communicative and consistent way of working of the company, which Eva Hürlimann played a key role in developing and shaping, it was obvious to make the knowledge of this methodology available to other professional groups. With this in mind, combined with specific customer inquiries, Eva Hürlimann founded the Vivacitas Institute.
With the Vivacitas Institute, Eva Hürlimann and her team offer advice and training on the topics of violence prevention, conflict communication, de-escalation and robbery management.

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Daniel Berger, Brigardier aD

Daniel Berger started his military career as a professional officer with the repair troops after completing his engineering degree. In 1990 he switched to infantry and was subsequently a company instructor, tactics teacher in officers' schools, group leader in general staff courses, foreign student at Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth USA, and from 1999 commander of the territorial infantry schools in Colombier. In 2001, as Colonel i Gst, he was nominated as Chief Operations and Department Head in the former Operations Subgroup of the General Staff. During this time he took part in several domestic and foreign leadership exercises. Brigadier Daniel Berger commanded Panzer Brigade 1 from 2007 to 2013 and was military-political advisor to the head of the VBS from 2014 to 2015. Today he is the director and managing director of two companies and a member of the SVU 19 project team.

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Fredy Müller, Managing Director SSF, CEO MUELLER Consulting & Partner

Fredy Müller has been the owner and CEO of the Swiss consulting firm MUELLER Consulting & Partner (MC&P) for political interest representation and public relations for 10 years. From 2007 to 2009 Fredy Müller was CEO and board member of the German public affairs company Concilius Switzerland. Before that, he was a member of the management of Economiesuisse for more than 8 years. From 1991 to 1998 Fredy Müller was head of communications and spokesman for the Federal Social Insurance Office (FSIO) in the Federal Department of Home Affairs (EDI).

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Fritz Messerli, Präsident GGstOf

Fritz Messerli attended the military command school at the ETH in Zurich from 1992 to 1995. He then worked for 2 years as a career officer in the function of a unit instructor at the grenade school in Isone. From 1999 until 2005 he was a line pilot and cockpit instructor, first with Swissair and then with SWISS. After completing a postgraduate degree in business administration and management, he became Deputy Fleet Chief Airbus at SWISS in 2005. In 2007 he moved to skyguide, where he was Head of Training and Head of Training Center until 2013. From 2012 to 2013 he completed an advanced leadership training and has been Head of Flight Operations at Edelweiss Air AG since 2014. He is a colonel in the general staff in the army command and presides over the GGstOf.

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Sabine Sutter-Suter, Grossrätin des Kanton Aargau

Sabine Sutter is a committed politician of the CVP in the Grand Council of the Canton of Aargau. She is President of CVP Women Aargau and is a board member of CVP Women Switzerland and the CVP District Party Lenzburg.
In addition, Sabine Sutter successfully runs her own company IBS Solutions Sutter, which offers IT and marketing services. She is a qualified business IT specialist and has a master's degree in business administration from the HSLU / FHZ.

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Matthias Zoller, Generalsekretär Swiss ASD

Matthias Zoller studied law at the Universities of St. Gallen and Basel; is a trained carpenter and has a business eMBA. After many years at Xerox AG - most recently as a member of the executive board responsible for after sales - Matthias Zoller is now Secretary General of SWISS ASD, the aeronautics, security and defense department of the Swissmem industry association. Matthias Zoller was a member of the Basel canton parliament (district administrator) from 1995 to 2006. In the military he is a colonel in the general staff and head of the cantonal territorial liaison staff in Basel-Landschaft.

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Bruno Staffelbach, Rektor Universität Luzern

Bruno Staffelbach is a full professor for business administration, he heads the Center for Human Resource Management and is rector of the University of Lucerne. From 2004 to 2008 he was in command of the 4th Infantry Brigade and from 2008 he commanded the 1st Multinational Brigade VIKING. He is a member of the Executive Committee Strategic Leadership Exercise 1997 (SFU 97) and the Strategic Leadership Training 2000 (SFA 2000). Bruno Staffelbach is also President of the MAS Effective Leadership Board of the University of Lucerne and of the Armed Forces Higher Cadre Training. He is also a member of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

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Alexandre Vautravers, Associate Fellow University of Geneva

Alexandre Vautravers a créé et coordonne le nouveau program de CAS / MAS en Sécurité global et résolution des conflits à l'Université de Genève. Professeur associé, il a enseigné dans plusieurs universités à Accrah, Beijing, Londres, Oxford ou Téhéran. Ses domaines de recherche et de publication sont les relations internationales et les questions de sécurité, l'évolution des conflits armés, l'évolution de la technologie et l'industrie d'armement. Il organize ainsi plusieurs conférences annuelles - notamment le SECURITY FORUM dont la dernière édition (2018) a eu pour thème la simulation.
M. Vautravers est également chargé de mission aux questions stratégiques au sein du Département de la Sécurité (DS) de la République et du canton de Genève.
Colonel d'état-major général et commandant en second de la brigade mécanisée 1, il est également rédacteur en chef de la Revue militaire suisse (RMS +) depuis la célébration de son 150e anniversaire de publication ininterrompue, en 2006.

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Fritz Gantert, Präsident STA / Vorstand Swissmem

Dr. Fritz Gantert is an entrepreneur and an independent board member. He has presided over the Swiss Society for Technology & Army (STA) for years, is president of the Fondazione Sasso San Gottardo and a member of the board of Swissmem.

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Jean-Luc Piller, Conseiller en Communication

​Jean-Luc Piller est aujourd’hui conseiller en communication à l’Académie de police de et à Savatan (Saint-Maurice, VS). Sa carrière professionnelle l’a conduit, comme journaliste, de la rédaction du quotidien fribourgeois « La Liberté » au DDPS où, entre 1993 et 2013, il a été chef de la communication et porte-parole des Forces terrestres ainsi que chef Audits à l’Etat-major du Chef de l’Armée.
Collaborateur régulier du magazine « Notre Armée de Milice », il est également, depuis sa création en 2007, l’âme du « Forum_Sécurité_Chablais », podium qu’il anime depuis 2010 et qui, chaque année en novembre, réunit autour de thèmes sécuritaires d’actualité, une palette de personnalités suisses et étrangères.
Colonel d’infanterie de montagne, il a commandé le Régiment d’infanterie 88 et a été incorporé au sein de l’EM de la Brigade de forteresse 10.

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Olivier Ribaux, École des Sciences Criminelles de l’Université de Lausanne

Olivier Ribaux est directeur de l’École des Sciences Criminelles de l’Université de Lausanne et vice-doyen de la faculté de droit, des sciences criminelles et d’administration publique. Avant d’occuper cette position, il a mené une double carrière en tant qu’analyste criminelle pour les polices de la Suisse romande, et comme chercheur et professeur à l’Université de Lausanne.

Il s’intéresse en général à l’action de sécurité, plus particulièrement à l’analyse de la délinquance sérielle et à ses développements numériques. Il a contribué depuis ses débuts au développement du dispositif opérationnel d’analyse des crimes répétitifs mis en œuvre par les polices romandes.

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Pascal Lüthi, Commandant Police Neuchâteloise

Né en Valais en 1968, marié et père de 2 enfants, Pascal Lüthi a suivi une formation scientifique d’ingénieur physicien de l’Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne suivie d’un doctorat ès sciences au Centre Universitaire Informatique de Genève. Il entre en 1997 au Service de Renseignement Stratégique comme analyste dans le domaine de la prolifération d’armes de destruction massive et poursuit sa carrière à Berne dans la communauté du renseignement de la Confédération jusqu’en 2003. De 2003 à 2007 il dirige la sécurité du groupe Syngenta International AG à Bâle. C’est en 2007 qu’il rejoint la Police cantonale neuchâteloise en tant qu’officier de police judiciaire et adjoint du commandant avant d’en reprendre le commandement dès 2012. Actif au sein de la Conférence des commandants des polices cantonales de Suisse, il siège notamment au Comité de programme de HIP - Harmonisation de l'informatique Policière Suisse.

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Stefan Holenstein, Präsident SOG

Stefan Holenstein holds a doctorate in law and attorney; he holds an EMBA from the University of Zurich. He worked in a variety of leadership and management positions in the private sector. Today he is an entrepreneur, partner and vice-chairman of the board of directors of aim ad interim management ag in Zurich. Since March 12, 2016, he has been President of the Swiss Officers' Society (SOG). Over the past 25 years he has exercised numerous militia functions in society and the army and is considered an expert on Swiss security and military policy. As a militia officer and Colonel i Gst, he is assigned to the staff of the higher cadre training of the army (HKA).

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Roland Borer, Unternehmer und alt-Nationalrat

Roland F. Borer has been CEO and co-owner of Bosec Consulting GmbH, based in Kestenholz, since 1992. Before that, he worked as a sales engineer for a large company and then as a professional officer for 12 years.
From 1991 to 2015 he also sat in the Federal Parliament as a National Councilor. He was a member of the Security Commission throughout the period.

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Stefan Häusler, Generalsekretär FKS

Stefan Häusler studied at the University of Freiburg i. Üe. Law and was subsequently admitted to the bar in the canton of Bern. He worked for several years in civil and criminal justice in the Canton of Bern. From 2008 to 2016 he was land registry inspector for the canton of Bern and in this role he was involved in several cantonal and intercantonal e-government projects. Since July 1, 2016 he has been Secretary General of the Fire Brigade Coordination Switzerland. At his place of residence, he is the vice-commander and head of training in the local fire department.

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Paul Röthlisberger, Vizepräsident SSV

Paul Röthlisberger is Vice-President of the Swiss Shooting Association, one of the largest sports associations in Switzerland with over 130,000 members. The Swiss Rifle Club was founded in 1824 and made a significant contribution to founding modern Switzerland in 1848.
Röthlisberger values the fact that the shooters are not “just” athletes, but see themselves as citizens who support the state.
During his career, the federally certified sales manager with a Bachelor in Business Administration was the managing director of various national and international companies in the near food and food sector.