Bodies & Persons

Foundation Board

The Foundation Board carries responsibility for all the Foundation's activities. The Board members are nominated by the Founder Company for a three-year, reelectable term of office. This senior body consists of representatives of UBS and external members from the fields of culture, arts and society. At present the Foundation Board consists of eight members; it is headed by a Chairman and seconded by a Vice-Chairman. For the purpose of processing grant proposals the Foundation Board may appoint an expert committee consisting of members of the Board.

Foundation Office

The Foundation Office assists the Foundation Board in its work; the Office is headed by an Executive Manager. She is responsible for the Foundation's operative management; in particular, she settles preliminaries, prepares issues for decision-making by the Foundation Board and implements its decisions. The Foundation Office is responsible for the administration, communication and coordination of activities. Staff members include Claudia Bühler (Executive Manager), Julia Bysäth and Abundi Schmid.


Alain Robert

Alain Robert became Chairman of the UBS Culture Foundation in 2010. After receiving his degree in Economics from the University of Neuchâtel in 1979 he joined the Union Bank of Switzerland where he worked in various functions until 1998, both abroad and in Switzerland. In 1997 he was nominated Head of the Geneva region. After Alain Robert became a member of UBS Group Managing Board in 2001 he held various executive positions; between 2007 and 2009 he was Head of Wealth Management & Business Banking Switzerland.

Since 2009 Alain Robert has been Vice Chairman Wealth Management & Swiss Bank, responsible for important institutional clients. Next to this he holds several mandates in the worlds of business and culture; he is also Chairman of the UBS Foundation for Social Issues and Education (since 2009).

Martin Meyer

Martin Meyer has been vice-chairman of the UBS Culture Foundation since 2004; he became a member of the Board in 1998. He joined the feuilleton staff of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung in 1974 and was appointed its leading editor in 1992. He is a corresponding member of the Akademie für Deutsche Sprache und Dichtung and was awarded the Charles Veillon Essay Prize in 2004. In 2011 he received an honorary doctorate from the University St. Gallen.

He completed his studies in history, literature, and philosophy at the University of Zurich in 1976 with a PhD. He is the author and publisher of numerous works on contemporary history, philosophy and aesthetics, including Krieg der Werte (2003), Alfred Brendel. Ausgerechnet ich: Gespräche mit Martin Meyer (2001), and Ende der Geschichte? (1993).

Roman Bucheli

Roman Bucheli has been a member of the Board of the UBS Culture Foundation since January 1, 2016. He has been a culture editor of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung Feuilleton since 1999, where he is responsible for German and Dutch literature, and books for children and young people. In addition to his work as a journalist, he is also a university lecturer and helps to promote literature in institutions.

After completing his studies in German, philosophy and economic history in Fribourg and Zurich, he wrote his thesis on the Swiss poet Alexander Xaver Gwerder in 1994. He publishes regular articles on literary topics and in 2006 edited the anthology "Wohin geht das Gedicht?" (Where is poetry going?), which includes essays from 14 international authors.

Michael Haefliger

Michael Haefliger has been a member of the UBS Culture Foundation Board since 2007. He has been the director of LUCERNE FESTIVAL (previously the Internationale Musikfestwochen Luzern) since 1999. Next to organizing the music festival SOMMER he is also responsible for the festivals OSTERN and PIANO. He has won several prizes, including the Global Leader of Tomorrow Award (WEF, Davos 2000) and the European Culture Innovation Award (2003).

After studying the violin at the Juilliard School of Music in New York (1983), Michael Haefliger performed as a concert violinist before becoming a musical director (Davos Music Festival Young Artists in Concert, 1986-1998) and director of the Collegium Novum in Zurich (1996-1998). From 1997 to1999 he studied business management at the HSG St. Gallen where he received his Executive MBA HSG degree.

Michel E. Fuchs

Michel E. Fuchs has been a member of the Board of the UBS Culture Foundation since January 1, 2016. He is a professor at the Institute of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Lausanne and, in addition to his teaching work, also leads research projects and excavations in Switzerland and abroad. As an internationally renowned expert in ancient wall paintings, he supervises doctoral students, is the author of numerous publications and curator of several exhibitions.

After completing his studies in archaeology, Latin and Greek philology, he worked in the Department of Archaeology of the canton of Fribourg and as a research associate at the Roman Museum in Avenches. He wrote his thesis on one area of this Roman settlement in 2004. Over the past few years, he has devoted himself to the study of everyday inscriptions and graffiti, and is co-author of the exhibition catalog ‘Les murs murmurent: graffitis gallo-romains’ (The walls are whispering: Gallo-Roman graffiti), 2008.

Roger von Mentlen

Roger von Mentlen has been a member of the Board of the UBS Culture Foundation since January 1, 2016. The certified banking specialist began his career in the Swiss banking sector in 1977, and since 1998 has worked in various roles in wealth management and business banking at UBS Switzerland. He has been Group Managing Director of the Personal Banking business since 2009 and is a member of the Executive Committee of UBS Switzerland.

He also holds various mandates in the economic, cultural and social space. In addition to sitting on the Board of the UBS Foundation for Social Issues and Education, he is also a board member of the Robert Walser Foundation.

Seraina Rohrer

Seraina Rohrer has been a member of the UBS Culture Foundation Board since 2013. From 2011 and 2019 she was director of the Solothurner Filmtage, and since the beginning of 2020 she has been a management member of Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council and head of the Innovation & Society division.

For several years she was head of the media office of the Locarno International Film Festival and coordinated the launch of the Swiss pilot project “Réseau Cinéma CH”, a cooperation between Swiss colleges and universities in the field of film education. Apart from that she worked as a free-lance curator and journalist in Switzerland and abroad and was a member on the expert panel “Fiction” for the Zürcher Filmstiftung. In 2012 she received her PhD with a study on “Transnational Low-Budget Productions”.