We work against poverty and realize projects together with disadvantaged people that lead to an improvement of their life situation.
René Wüthrich is married and has one son. After a commercial apprenticeship, he has been working for many years as the managing director of an international organisation and has witnessed how PartnerAid has developed in numerous countries and has become an ingenious life-changing place of hope.
"When people in need can be helped, my heart beats faster. Switzerland is richly blessed with great people, know-how and many resources. Taking responsibility for ensuring that this wonderful country invests in poor countries in a sustainable way is a great challenge that is a joy to take on.”
Raised in the Bernese Oberland and always curious to know what comes after the next bend or the next mountain, he left the mountain village at the age of 20. He worked as a mechanic and administrative manager for an NGO in the South Pacific for seven years. After his return, he completed further training in business administration. Since 2008, he has been responsible for the finances at PartnerAid Switzerland and is in close contact with the project leaders. He is married, has two adult sons and lives in Münsingen. He works for a telecom company and in his free time he enjoys sports.
"PartnerAid convinced me by its direct, uncomplicated way in which help is provided on the ground. I experienced this first-hand during my work for PAI in Pakistan after the 2005 earthquake.”
After almost 40 years of service at the Swiss Post, Johny served as Managing Director of PartnerAid Switzerland between 2013 and 2020, committing himself not only financially but also in terms of time to development cooperation. To accept this appointment, he took early retirement. He has never regretted using his talent to make an administrative contribution to the poorest of the poor.
"Since my early years, because I have the privilege to live on the sunny side of the world, out of gratitude, I have been financially committed to my fellow human beings on the shadow side of life.”
After his training as a railway operations dispatcher, he lived as a tour operator with his family for several years in the Berber hinterland of North Africa. There they shared life and work with a hospitable population. The gentle small group tourism led to mutual acquaintance and amazement. Back in Switzerland, he is involved as a consultant and leader of intercultural projects and on the board of PartnerAid Switzerland.
"I am fascinated by our motto ‘Partnering for Change’. This includes appreciation of the respective culture and strengths of local communities."
The master farmer, born and raised in Toggenburg, completed a second training as a business software engineer after a back injury. Together with his wife, he worked for five years for a Swiss NGO in Bhutan. The main focus was to improve the education of the local population, teacher training and the establishment and expansion of agricultural training. Since his return to Switzerland in 2008, he has been working again as a business software engineer and for several years as a volunteer board member for PartnerAid Switzerland. He lives with his family in Volketswil.
"I believe that individualized development projects, which respond to the needs of individuals or small groups, serve those in need better in the long term and ultimately provide a better livelihood for all."
The trained secondary teacher grew up in the Bernese Oberland. He and his wife worked as project and team leaders for 15 years in Chad, Sudan, Yemen and the Comoros Islands, mainly in adult education programmes and as trainers for PartnerAid Switzerland. Since his return to Switzerland in 2017, he has worked for PartnerAid Switzerland as a Programme Coordinator and in public relations. Since 2020, he has been serving part-time as Managing Director.
"I am convinced that small, manageable development projects and personal relationships on the ground serve the people in need better in the long term than large-scale projects.”
Born and raised in the Zurich Oberland, she completed a commercial apprenticeship in a notary's office and further training as an accounting clerk. She lived for three years in Tunisia, where she worked in the tourism sector, and for 15 months in southern Iraq as a financial officer for an international aid organisation. Since her return to Switzerland in 2012, she has been working part-time for PartnerAid Switzerland. She is currently a housewife and mother of three small children.
"It is easy to overlook the plight of other people. It is difficult to help in a really constructive way. It takes people who, among other things, have great intercultural understanding and the strength to confront grievances and shortcomings.”
He is married and the father of three grown-up children. The trained carpenter and wood technician lives in the Upper Aargau region of Bern and now works as a vocational school teacher. He involvement in a house construction project in the Philippines sparked his interest in supporting people in emergency situations at a young age. He has been involved with PartnerAid since 2020.
"PartnerAid's projects enable disadvantaged people to live in dignity and open up new perspectives for them. This is what I'm committed to."
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