About

Harnessing the power of business for the common good in our globalized world

Vision

Created in 2010 as a primary international platform to promote a constructive, action-oriented dialogue between the various actors of society, ranging from business to civil society, academy, religion, arts and politics.

Designed for business leaders, Zermatt Summit programs are catalysts to spark inspiration, share innovation and translate into action new business development models that promote human dignity in our globalized world.

Run by the Zermatt Summit Foundation, an independent non-profit organization recognized of public interest by the Swiss Government.

Mission

Designed for business leaders, the Zermatt Summit is a catalyst to spark inspiration, share innovation and translate into action new business development models that promote human dignity in our globalized world

Zermatt Summit Declaration on the Common Good

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Zermatt Summit Manifesto

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What we do

The Zermatt Summit is not about finding the “silver bullet”, or THE new model that will make all the difference.

Its role is to be a catalyst for several interventions anchored in the culture of the Common Good, that will in turn inspire other actions, which combined, will have an overall strong impact.

We, at Zermatt, are convinced that today more than yesterday business & technologies need humanities to achieve a positive growth.

Differences and values

The “spirit” of Zermatt

Engage the conscience and the spiritual dimension of people as a drive to “humanize globalization”

A concern for the human person and a respect for personal values

A Horizontal approach

Everyone has a responsibility and is expected to make a contribution and voice it.

From ideas to action

The common good is the sum of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to be fulfilled, more fully and more easily.

As such, it encompasses the good of the individual and the good of the group at the same time. It takes into account the responsibility each of us have towards others and our environment.

Common Good

The common good is the sum of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to be fulfilled, more fully and more easily.

As such, it encompasses the good of the individual and the good of the group at the same time. It takes into account the responsibility each of us have towards others and our environment.

Servant Leadership

Leadership originates from a mix of personal values, creativity & practical skills. Servant leaders are the ones willing to mobilize their talents to serve others within their companies and society at large.

The Zermatt Summit Foundation believes that healthy leadership within corporations is a powerful force of change for good in our world.

Humanizing & Unifying

We view humanizing as the force that will enable to allow the person to be respected in all its dimensions and as such to be empowered to care for the people and the environment that he/she is responsible for.

By allowing people to be the same in the work environment and in the personal sphere, corporations reconnect their members with the dignity of work and its purpose. By engaging personal responsibility, this humanization process impacts the first link of the chain of social and environmental change and has a great multiplifying effect.

Our Board

Christopher Wasserman, President

President, Terolab Surface Group
President, Ecophilos Foundation

Christopher Wasserman is the President and co-founder of the Swiss registered Foundation Ecophilos whose credo is that the respect of the human person is compatible with success in business enterprises.

He is also the founder and President of the TeroLab Surface Group, based in Lausanne (Switzerland), and one of the leading European companies in the field of surface engineering by thermal spraying. Prior to this Christopher Wasserman, who holds a MBA from New York University/USA, was a senior executive and board member of the Eutectic Castolin Group

Nicolas Michel, Vice President

Professor of International Law at the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.
Former Under-Secetary-General for legal affairs of the UN

Nicolas Michel served as Legal Counsel of the United Nations (2004-2008) and Director of International Law in the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (1998-2003). As Chairman of the Committee of the Legal Advisors on Public International Law of the Council of Europe (CAHDI) (2003 and 2004), he led numerous Swiss delegations to international conferences. He taught international European law at the Law Faculty of the University of Fribourg (1987-2004).

After graduating from Georgetown University Washington D.C. (Master in international relations), we obtained his PhD in law from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland then his attorney-at-law certificate from the State of Fribourg. He wrote many books and articles on international / European law.

H.I. and R.H. Archduke Rudolf of Austria,
of Hapsburg-Lorraine

Founder and Managing Director of Triple A Gestion S.A.

Archduke Rudolf graduated in History at the Catholic University of Louvain and then got his M.B.A. at the INSEAD – France, in 1977. Since then, he has been active in banking and finance.
Archduke Rudolf was formerly the General Manager of the Benelux countries for the Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank) in Brussels and Rotterdam. He is also the President of the Philanthropos Foundation

Theodore Roosevelt Malloch

Chairman and CEO of The Roosevelt Group

Theodore Malloch earned his Ph.D. in international political economy from the University of Toronto, (79); active as an academic in US politics as a diplomat of ambassadorial rank in the UN, he also worked at Wall Street and has been involved for 20 years in strategy and intellectual leadership for global companies. He serves on many boards, educational, religious, non-profit, mutual funds and corporate.

Author of nine books including his best-seller, Spiritual Enterprise: Doing Virtuous business published in 2008, Theodore Malloch is a Research Professor at Yale University

Father Nicolas Buttet

Founder and Moderator of the Eucharistein
Fraternity, Founder of Philanthropos European Institute

Before being ordained priest in the Roman Catholic Church, Nicolas Buttet graduated in law and was extensively involved in Swiss federal politics. He has also been assistant professor in sociology at the universities of Geneva and Fribourg, and the assistant to the Cardinal Etchegaray on the Council for Justice and Peace in Rome.

Antonin Pujos

Non-executive director, Founder and Past-Chairman of the Research Club of the French Institute of Directors (IFA)

Antonin Pujos is an economist, alumni of the INSEAD (MBA ’73) and of the Paris Institute of Political Sciences (’70). With a 30-year experience as corporate finance and investment banker, he is an expert in corporate governance, an advisor and board member of many international companies and foundations

Jean-René Fournier

Member of the Federal States Council (Swiss Parliament).
Former President of the Valais government

Jean-René Fournier started his political career in 1985 and is currently a member of the Federal States Council (Swiss Parliament).

Prior to this position he was the president of the State Council of Valais and is member of the Swiss Christian Democratic political party (PDC).

Our Team

Jacqui MANINI

Communication Manager
Jacqui’s responsibilities include marketing, content management, internet site management, corporate identity, data warehouse development and she is community manager for Zermatt Summit’s Social Network. She also coordinates the program and the speakers.

Zambian born and bred, she has been living in Switzerland for nearly 30 years. Jacqui graduated from Cambridge University with an English Language teaching degree in 1993. After having taught independently at companies such as Nestlé and Adecco she became Founder and CEO of Justek SA in 1998 where she gained extensive skills in congress / event organization, marketing, communications and social networking. She has organised medical seminars & festivals in places such as Germany, Croatia, Slovenia and Bulgaria.

She is cofounder and organiser of 2 open air festivals which attracts thousands of festival goers every year. Jacqui owns a home recording studio where she produces her own music for 3 international record labels.

Catherine GUNNARSSON

Head of Administration & Human Resources
Personal Assistant to the President

Catherine is responsible for all administrative and financial questions regarding the structure of both the Zermatt Summit Foundation and Ecophilos Foundation.

Her responsibilities include internal coordination between administrative headquarters and all Zermatt Summit subsidiaries. As Head of Human Resources she defines all workflow processes and provides solutions as well as administers all legal aspects of new hire.
After obtaining her Degree in Law from the University in Lausanne she went on to further study business management. She then lived and worked in Germany for nearly 14 years, Catherine speaks fluent German which adds to her fluent English and mother-tongue French . She is also Executive Director of TeroLab Surface Group Switzerland founded by Christopher Wasserman in 1998.