American Swiss Foundation

Class of 2014


In 2014, the Young Leaders Conference, sponsored by Swiss Re and Swiss International Air Lines, was held for the first time in Rüschlikon, at the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue, a premier conference facility overlooking Lake Zurich.

Follow this link to see all members of the class of 2014

The class of 2014 included ASF board member Patrick Heymann, COO at Edelweiss Air; Young Leaders Alumni Council board member Jesse Kimball, managing member at Windswept Royalties; Patrick Hess, CEO at Schindler; The Honorable Thomas Aeschi, member of the Swiss National Council since 2011 and re-elected last week; Matthew McKnight, chief commercial officer at Ginkgo Bioworks; Derek Wallbank, senior editor at Bloomberg; The Honorable Svante Myrick, mayor of Ithaca, New York; Reid Wilson, national correspondent for The Hill; John Hammond, deputy chief of staff for Governor of Indiana Eric J. Holcomb; René Wiedemann, managing director of, and board member at, Accenture Switzerland; Daniel Oliver, managing member of Myrmikan Capital; Hadley Heath Manning, director of policy at the Independent Women’s Forum.

The class also included Florian Schwab, economics editor at Weltwoche, a leading Swiss weekly opinion paper; The Honorable Brian Kelsey, member of the Tennessee State Senate; Jon Godfread, insurance commissioner for the State of North Dakota; Amy Holmes, co-host of "In Principle,” a talk show on PBS; Christopher Nixon Cox, co-founder of OC Global Partners, an international consulting and investment advisory firm; Kenneth Ebie, director at The Raben Group; Grant Garrison, communications leader for Global Community Impact for Johnson & Johnson; William McBride, tax specialist at PwC; Julian Sanchez, senior fellow at the Cato Institute; Angela Barandun, co-head of the business section of the Tages-Anzeiger, a leading Swiss daily paper; and Erik Leklem, operations manager for Asia for the Institute for Security Governance.

Follow news from the class of 2014 on Twitter here, and the YouTube channels of all alumni here.

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