Swisscross Foundation – a foundation for the protection of victims of war and natural disasters.

The Foundation is based in Zurich, Switzerland and led by a Board of Trustees, chaired by its founder Enrique Steiger, M.D, an experienced war surgeon with over twenty years of experience in the humanitarian field. The Swisscross Foundation envisioned to become an independent and impartial humanitarian non-profit NGO, that will provide help and support, but mainly share their experience and know-how for topics like: healthcare, education, infrastructure, environment and security, mainly focused on populations and victims of war affected by armed conflicts or other emergencies.

The “Swisscross – Security Project” is the flagship project of the Swisscross Foundation, that is searching for new approaches and solutions to benefit healthcare providers operating in high-risk situations and insecure environments.

This project advocates the protection and access to healthcare in armed conflict and to provide concrete solutions for this humanitarian challenge.

Swisscross Foundation activities support policy making, as well as educational, scientific and advocacy efforts.

steingerDr. Enrique SteigerDr. Enrique Steiger is a specialist in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Traumatology. He earned his doctorate at the University of Zurich, Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro. He is Co-owner of “Clinic Utoquai” in Zurich. Since 1989, he has undertaken numerous missions as a physician and delegate for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), UN, OSCE humanitarian conflict regions:in aeras such as Namibia, Angola, Western Sahara, Rwanda, Burundi, Bosnia, Kosovo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Sudan, Chad and Pakistan. He is a Guest lecturer at the Institute for Conflict Research of Political Science at the University of Zurich. Dr. Steiger is married, has a 20 year old daughter and lives in Küsnacht near Zurich.

janineDr. iur Janine HändelSince 2010 Janine Händel leads the Roger Federer Foundation with a focus on educational initiatives in Southern Africa and Switzerland.
She graduated at the University of Zurich with a PhD in human rights and has represented Switzerland’s diplomatic service in a variety of humanitarian issues.
Spending eight years as a member of the Swiss Diplomatic Corps within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Händel worked as a Commissioner in areas including human rights, humanitarian policy and peace promotion or mine action. This took her to numerous countries as distant as Columbia, Sri Lanka, Nepal and a number of mine-affected countries in Africa.

Before accepting the tasks as a CEO of the Roger Federer Foundation she directed two corporate foundations and served as a philanthropic advisor. She lives in Zurich, is married and has two children in primary school.

marcoMarco Fumasoli lic. iur.Marco Fumasoli is a media and communications specialist and currently works as the owner and CEO of Swiss View AG, based in Pfäffikon and of twfe AG, Zürich.

Marco Fumasoli attended the School of Applied Arts in Zurich in 1968 and began his career as an editor for Swiss TV followed by film school in Berlin and thereafter with two advertising agencies in Zurich and Basel. After high school examinations (Matura) and studying law at the University of Zürich, he worked as a lawyer at the District Court of Zurich.

In 1987, he returned to Swiss TV. As creative director from 1990 until 1994, he revised, amongst other things, the corporate design of the Swiss national broadcasting station.

In 1996, Marco Fumasoli developed the entire corporate design for the television programme Switzerland 4 and he also filmed the Swiss landscape from above. The “Swissview” project developed out of this idea. Marco Fumasoli launched his first helicopter flights in 1997. In 2003 he founded his own advertising agency, twfe AG. In May 2009 Marco Fumasoli became partner at the Offizin Zürich Publishing Company and since 2011 he has been a board member of the advertising company JWT+Fabrikant. Marco Fumasoli lives in Zurich.

christianDr. sc ETH Christian KruseChristian Kruse is currently working as a consultant and entrepreneur in the field of social impact investments and social entrepreneurship. Dr. Kruse designs and Organizes think tanks for various industries and Specializes in the development of scenarios for the future of industries, countries and companies.

Previously, he worked for Morgan Stanley as a wealth management specialist, Family Officer, corporate finance expert and researcher. He thus served as a senior researcher at the Swiss Banking Institute of the University of Zurich. In 2007, Dr. Kruse and his partners founded the university Swiss Design Institute for Finance and Banking in Zurich, Which Specializes in the development of high-tech communication tools for banks and financial institutions.

Dr. Kruse graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). He is married, has three children and lives in Männedorf, Switzerland.