Avenir Suisse is a free-market liberal think tank focused on Switzerland’s future in political, economical and social areas. Its main goal is to stimulate the public debate and to provide new ideas through the publication of studies and the regular organisation of events and seminars. It is composed of a team of experts from many horizons and encourages a liberal vision of the world and the society.
Avenir Suisse is a non-lucrative purpose foundation with headquarters in Zurich. The foundation has a yearly budget of 5 million Swiss Francs and its fund reaches 50 million. The foundation is completely free in its research and content.
Founded in 1999 by 14 of the most important Swiss multinationals, Avenir Suisse is nowadays supported by 130 donors: Swiss companies as well as individuals.
Avenir Suisse is present in Zurich (head office) and in Geneva (French-speaking office). Peter Grünenfeld is Avenir Suisse’s manager, successor to Gerhard Schwarz since 2016. Before him, Thomas Held was the manager of the foundation since its creation in 1999. Tiber Adler is the French-speaking manager since the 1st of June 2014. He is the successor to Xavier Comtesse, first French-speaking manager of the foundation.
The governance of the think tank relies on:
- The foundation board that approves budgets, the annual financial results and nominates the managemen
- the steering committee that supervises the foundation and prepares the meetings of the council of the foundation,
- the nomination committee that designates the members of each commission
- the program commission that recommends the topics and guarantees of the quality and methodology of each project
- the finance committee that audits the budget and the annual and quarterly reports.
According to its mission statement, Avenir Suisse “wants to contribute to the formation of new ideas concerning economics, politics and the society at large.” It follows “a liberal agenda and represents a market oriented position.” Thus it postulates that “it cannot be in the first place the task of the State to solve the problems on the agenda.” Still, the think tank “doesn’t play an active part in the process of politic consults or campaigns of votes.” But to be “an animator of the public debate”.
The foundation’s publications tackle social, political and economical topics such as energy and environment, tax policies, professional training, old-age savings or the political system at large. The think tank also handles actual subjects such as: the work of seniors, the strong franc policy and the financial equalization between cantons.