Young Thinking

Monika Wehrli

Food Sciences student at ETH Zurich

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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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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’.

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.

Donators and Partners

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.

DIE HIRSCHMANN STIFTUNG ist eine gemeinnützige schweizerische Stiftung. 1985 wurde sie vom Unternehmer und Aviatik-Pionier Carl W. Hirschmann gegründet.

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.

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.