Young Thinking

Vera Eichenauer

Studied International Relations and Sociology and will be working as researcher at ETH Zurich

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Monika Wehrli

Food Sciences student at ETH Zurich

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Servan Grüninger

Currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Biostatistics at the University of Zurich as well as the Master's program in Computational Science at the EPFL Lausanne

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Rayan Aebi

currently pursuing a double Master’s program in Economics and International Management at Nova SBE

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Vera Eichenauer



She graduated with a Master’s degree in International Economic Relations from Sciences Po University in Paris and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Fribourg. She has been working with the Foundation’s Science Committee since 2014 and in the Board since 2016.

“In our everyday working life, many of us work in highly specialized subject areas, which can inad-vertently lead to ‘tunnel vision‘ of society and its challenges.

The interdisciplinary and open space for discussions that is provided by Academia Engelberg’s conferences allows me to expand my views and to gain multiple perspectives on important topics of the future.

With my involvement, I want to ensure that others can have a similar experience.“

Vera Eichenauer

She is currently writing her doctoral thesis at the Faculty of International Developmental and Economic Policy of the Alfred Weber Institute for Economics at the Ruprecht Karls University in Heidelberg

Starting January 2017, she will be working as researcher at ETH Zurich.

During her studies, she completed several courses at the Institute of Economics of the University of Mannheim and at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. In 2014, Vera Eichenauer did a research fellowship at the World Bank.

During her studies, she worked for responsAbility, a micro-finance investment company in Zurich and, after completing her Master’s degree, briefly at the OECD, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.

Monika Wehrli



By arrangement with the Swiss Study Foundation, she participated in the 2014 Conference on Food Security. She has been working with the Foundation’s Youth Committee since 2015.

“The sessions are all very exciting thanks to the carefully chosen speakers who initiate stimulating and very interesting discussions. Based on the issues discussed, an instructive dialogue among the participants is created and you return from the conference enriched and can pass on the knowledge gained.“

Monika Wehrli

Monika Wehrli graduated from the Secondary School for Fine Arts and Italian, ‘Liceo Artistico’, in Zurich and is currently studying Food Sciences at ETH Zurich. As a member of the Board, she is responsible for finance. In addition, she leads the working group food technology and is thus also actively involved in organizing events for ‘reatch’.

Servan Grüninger



He has already participated several times in the Foundation’s Conference by arrangement with the Swiss Study Foundation. He has been working with the Foundation’s Youth Committee since 2013 and is sind 2016 a member of the Foundation Committee.

“Societal needs affect the goals of science, while scientific findings change our society’s everyday life. This is generally very stimulating, but also leads to tension. Academia Engelberg Foundation has recognized this and offers scientific and social actors the appropriate platform for an open and unbiased exchange of views about the challenges of our time. A task that I want to personally support.“

Servan Grüninger

Servan Grüninger holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with minors in Neuroinformatics, Political Science, and Law.

He is currently attending the Master’s program in Biostatistics at the University of Zurich as well as the Master’s program in Computational Science at the EPFL Lausanne. He is a member of the Swiss Study Foundation and a Werner Siemens Fellow.

Moreover, he is the President of ‚reatch‘ (research and technology in switzerland), a young grassroots think tank at the interface between science, society, and politics.

Rayan Aebi



He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. In September 2017, he will graduate from his Master’s degrees in Economics and CEMS International Management. Through the Swiss Study Foundation, he participated in the Foundation’s 2015 Summer School. He has been working with the Foundation’s Youth Committee since 2016.

“I enjoyed very stimulating discussions during the 2015 Summer School. Not only did I gain knowledge on critical topics in economics but, I also returned enriched with diverse perspectives and great friends.

The Academia Engelberg Foundation offers a platform for dialogue empowering young and seasoned scientists to discuss and tackle critical issues with society leaders. With my involvement in the committee, I want to support the Foundation’s effort towards creating sustainable progress together.”

Rayan Aebi

Rayan Aebi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. During these studies, he completed several courses at the London School of Economics and ETH Zurich. He is currently working towards a Master of Science in Economics as well as a CEMS Master of Science in International Management at Nova School of Business and Economics in Lisbon, Portugal and GSOM Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

He is the recipient of the Swiss Study Foundation Fellowship, multiple excellence and merit scholarships as well as the student-athlete status as 1st Division University Basketball player. Moreover, he was selected to join the Swiss Talent Forum 2014, the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community as well as the Ricci Fellows Strategy Council.

During his Bachelor studies, he worked as a Research Consultant and Product Engineer at the FST Lab in Neuchâtel, besides being a mathematics and physics teaching assistant in secondary school for État de Vaud.

Partner

Following a long period of fruitful cooperation, a close partnership was agreed on in June 2007. The Collegium Helveticum is an institution jointly borne by the University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (‘ETH’), Zurich.

The ETH Board is responsible for the strategic leadership of the ETH domain and assumes the supervision of its institutions. Its close relationship with the ETH Council has contributed to the successful continuation of Academia Engelberg Foundation since 2000.

The Foundation promotes research into the connecting human fundamentals of science. Academia Engelberg Foundation and the Foundation for Basic Research in Human Sciences have entered into a cooperation agreement for the period 2011 to 2015.

Helvetia is a quality-oriented comprehensive insurance company with over 150 years of experience. Academia Engelberg Foundation is convinced it will be able to use important synergies from the partnership starting in 2015.

With Singularity 2030 has been a partnership since 2016. The aim is to create synergies in the knowledge transfer of scientific research on singularity (artificial intelligence / biological intelligence) to the general public and entrepreneurial circles.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is one of the world’s leading international philanthropic organizations. It has been supporting Academia Engelberg Foundation’s activities since 2013 and thus significantly contributes to the continued existence of the summer school.

A partnership with the University of Lucerne has existed since summer 2013. Since 2016 we have also a parthership with the Faculty of Economics and Management of the University of Lucerne. Through these partnerships, synergies are used and joint projects are tested and realized. The University of Lucerne currently consists of three faculties: the faculties for Theology, Culture and Social Sciences, and Law.

In 2014, Academia Engelberg Foundation formed a partnership with the University of Lund in Sweden. The University was founded in 1666 but general studies, predecessor of today’s University, already existed in 1425.

The focus of the Foundation is the promotion of organizations in the areas of culture and arts, architecture, design, music, sports, education, and science. It has been a partner of Academia Engelberg Foundation since 2014.