seif supports and promotes individuals or teams seeking to apply innovative business ideas to respond to current social and/or environmental problems, otherwise known as “social enterprises”. We do so by offering companies programs, consulting, training and general support according to their needs and stage of development.

To contribute to the professionalism of the social entrepreneurship community and build up the capacity of the social enterprises, seif also act as a bridge between stakeholders by connecting actors from the financial sector, corporate world, universities, foundations and others to create the highest social impact possible.


Prof. Mariana Christen Jakob

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Mariana has a background in social sciences from University of Zurich (UZH), an MBA from University of St. Gallen (HSG) and recently absolved the Impact Investing Executive Education at Oxford University.

Karen Rauschenbach

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Before moving into social entrepreneurship Karen held senior management roles in programme and operations at AIRBUS. She did a social entrepreneurship course at Oxford University and Executive Leadership programme at THNK school of creative leadership in Amsterdam. Her aspiration is to use her business experience to support and grow social entrepreneurs.

Viola Zoller

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Viola manages and supports various projects, such as the Impact Investing Congress 2017, the Impact Investors Circle and the Community program. Viola entered the social business world through the Summerpreneurship program at the Impact Hub Zurich and is since then fascinated by the way entrepreneurs develop, fund and implement solutions to social or environmental challenges.

Nadia Rainone

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Nadia is mainly responsible for the seif awards and communications. After her studies in business administration and a career with a large corporation in the finance sector, she joined an early stage investor relations startup. Her aim is to help social enterprises combine the corporate’s professionalism and the dynamics of the startup world with a new, more compassionate and inclusive way of doing business.

Noemi Duroe

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Noemi supports the Project Managers in various tasks. Especially the seif awards, the impact investor circle and the stakeholder management are part of her responsibilities. Furthermore, she is currently finishing her studies in Business Administration at the University of St. Gallen.

Advisory Board

Dr. Monika Binkert

Monika Binkert successfully founded in 2010 her own consulting company for SMEs with a focus on strategic management, change processes and leadership. She also acts as interim manager advising businesses from a variety of sectors. Dr Binkert has a PhD in Law and an Executive MBA, as well as extensive practical experience in working at managerial level with private companies and public institutions. She is currently working with an online marketing firm operating in Switzerland and Germany.

Hansjörg Utz

Hansjörg Utz has studied law in Zurich and finished his studies with a doctorate in Basel. After several years as a lawyer in 1983 he moved into journalism where he started as a freelance to become chief reporter at the “Tages-Anzeiger”. In 1989 he moved to the Swiss television where during eight years he moderated the „Kassensturz” show and was later in charge of the news magazine “10vor10”. In 2013 he founded Media Check GmbH. Hansjörg Utz currently works as a media coach, consultant and journalist.

Jürg Kronenberg

Jürg Kronenberg lives and works in Zurich. He has worked for almost 40 years at UBS in various management positions, most recently as Head of Corporate Clients, Zurich region as Relationship Manager for Large Corporates in the Zurich region. He also acts as Chief Executive of the Commercial Association of Zurich and Switzerland, Society for Business Cycle Research at ETH Zurich and is a member of the Association Bahnhofstrasse Zurich.

Otto Bitterli

Otto Bitterli holds a Masters in Political Science and has worked for more than 25 years in the Swiss insurance industry in various executive positions. As former CEO of Sanitas health insurance, he took on various responsibilities at the Swiss Insurance Association (umbrella organisation representing the private insurance industry in Switzerland) and curafutura, the association of innovative health insurers. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sanitas Group.

Peter Zollinger

Peter Zollinger is responsible for assessing the value added of Globalance Bank’s investments on the economy, society and environment (impact). He supports the selection of suitable investments and develops and leads the Globalance Portfolio Footprint for its clients.