Team Alliance Sud

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The Alliance Sud head office is located in Berne, regional offices in Lausanne und Lugano. These are the faces behind Alliance Sud.


Alliance Sud Geschäftsleiter
Mark Herkenrath

mark.herkenrath<at> / Phone: +41 31 390 93 30

Mark Herkenrath is a member of the Federal Commission on Economic Policy and the Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries, he is also a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Zurich.

Assistant to the director and

Member of the management board

Kathrin Spichiger

kathrin.spichiger<at> / Phone: +41 31 390 93 30

Kathrin Spichiger is a founding member of WIDE Switzerland and member of the Steering Committee of the NGO Education Coalition. She originally set up the Alliance Sud Head Office and has helped in setting up the Max Havelaar Foundation. She has training as a primary school teacher and management assistant.


Policy fields:

Climate and environment

Jürg Staudenmann

juerg.staudenmann<at> / Phone: +41 31 390 93 32

Jürg Staudenmann is a member of the Committee of the Climate Alliance and the Climate Action Network. Before he was eleven years with UNDP (most recently Deputy Resident Representative in Serbia). Previously he was a lecturer of Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). Jürg Staudenmann is former vice-president of the Swiss Association of Environmental Professionals, he is an ETH and NADEL graduate.

Finance and tax policy

Dominik Gross

dominik.gross<at> / Phone: +41 31 390 93 35

Dominik Gross is a member of the steering committees of ICRICT (Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation) and the Platform Agenda 2030. He represents Alliance Sud in the Global Alliance for Tax Justice (GATJ) and publishes on global inequality and the knowledge history of economics, he is associated with the Institut Neue Schweiz (INES).

Trade and investments

Member of the management board

Isolda Agazzi

isolda.agazzi<at> / Telephone: +41 21 612 00 97

Isolda Agazzi is member of the Seco WTO/FTA Liaison Group and she represents Alliance Sud in Our World is not for Sale. Besides she is also a journalist with twentiy years' experience in bilateral and multilateral organizations and NGOs, focus on Switzerland and North Africa. She holds a master's degree at IHEID.

Business and human rights

Laurent Matile

laurent.matile<at> / Phone: +41 21 612 00 98

Laurent Matile previously worked for Seco, was then a member ot the board of the Asian Development Bank in Manila, worked with the IDEAS Center and the UN/WTO's Center for international trade. He is teaching law at HEG (Geneva) und holds a degree and the lawyer's diploma from the Neuchâtel university. LL.M. European Legal Studies (Exeter).

Development policy

Kristina Lanz

kristina.lanz<at> / Telefon: +41 31 390 93 40

Kristina Lanz is a member of the Advisory Committee on International Cooperation and represents Alliance Sud in the OECD-DAC CSO Reference Group and the Reality of Aid network. She holds a doctorate in social anthropology from the University of Berne and previously worked at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Berne and as a consultant for Mokoro in the field of land rights, gender and mining in Tanzania and Mongolia.

Lugano office

Member of the management board

Lavinia Sommaruga

lavinia.sommaruga<at> / Phone: +41 91 967 33 66

Lavinia Sommaruga coordinates NGO work in Italian-speaking Switzerland. She is a book author and former Board Member of the Max Havelaar Foundation. She worked on assignments for Caritas Italy in women's projects in Turin and for farmers in Haiti. Earlier she was a mathematics teacher in French-speaking Switzerland and in Ticino.

Media and communication

Daniel Hitzig

daniel.hitzig<at> / Phone: +41 31 390 93 34 (office), +41 79 238 39 31 (mobile)

Daniel Hitzig advises the Responsible Business Initiative (Kovi) in communication matters. Previously he was with Swiss radio and television (SRF) and an ICRC Delegate. He has graduated from the Institute for European Studies, University of Basle.


Matthias Wüthrich

matthias.wuethrich<at> / Phone +41 31 390 93 30

Matthias Wüthrich made his apprenticeshjp in business administration. He then worked in Brooklyn (NY) for an NGO that is supporting children. His last job was at the secretariate of a social institution in Berne.

Mireille Clavien

mireille.clavien<at> / Phone +41 21 612 00 90
Mireille Clavien works part time (20%) for the Alliance Sud Lausanne office. She is an infographic artist and 3D designer with experience in the academic and scientific field and has NGO experience too.

InfoDoc Berne

Simone Decorvet

simone.decorvet<at> / Phone: +41 31 390 93 37

Simone Decorvet has an MAS in Information Science at HTW Chur. She as well holds an MA in history and German studies at the university of Freiburg.

Joëlle Valterio

joelle.valterio<at> / Telefon: +41 31 390 93 37

Joëlle Valterio is a graduate in documentary information from the Geneva University of Management. She also trained in communication and web publishing. She has been working for more than fifteen years for NGOs and the media.

Petra Schrackmann

petra.schrackmann<at> / Phone: +41 31 390 93 37

Petra Schrackmann holds a MAS in Information Science at the HTW Chur. Previously, she studied German, European and English Literature at the University of Zurich.

Jérémie Urwyler

jeremie.urwyler<at> / Phone: +41 31 390 93 37

Jérémie Urwyler holds an MAS in library and information sciences from the University of Zurich. Previously, he completed an MA in History and German Studies at the University of Bern.

InfoDoc Lausanne

Member of the management board

Pierre Flatt

pierre.flatt<at> / Telephone: +41 21 612 00 86

Pierre Flatt is the head of InfoDoc in Berne and Lausanne. He got his CESID (Certificat de spécialisation en information documentaire) diploma from the university of Geneva and has experience in the private sector and with the Confederation (National Library). Licentiate in Sociology and Anthropology, University of Lausanne.

Amélie Vallotton Preisig

amelie.vallotton<at> / Telefon: +41 21 612 00 86

Amélie Vallotton Preisig is Vice-President of Bibliosuisse, Co-President of the Biblio2030 Commission, former Secretary of the IFLA FAIFE Committee (2011-2017), and Senior Associate at Bachelor's degree in philosophy, MAS Library and Information Sciences.