About

“To act ethically, advocate rights, strengthen nature and demonstrate awareness” is both the motto and the duty of the ERNA Foundation. The ERNA Foundation therefore supports non-profit projects that recognise the ethical responsibility of each and every person with respect to others, nature and themselves, and in this respect campaigns with a great deal of affection for local, in part also smaller projects in Zurich.

 

Characterised by the international experience of the ERNA team, the foundation is also active outside of Switzerland. The balance between Switzerland and other countries, the proximity to people and nature, coupled with an understanding of financial challenges, distinguish the ERNA Foundation. 


OrganiSation

Board of Trustees


Claudia Ineichen, Trustee
Claudia Ineichen, Trustee

Claudia Ineichen works as Director of the Rütli Umbrella Foundation Lucerne. She previously spent a long period as a private banker and financial planner, looking after wealthy clients of a private bank concerning matters such as investments, pension issues, insurance, property and succession rulings.

 

As a consultant on foundation matters it is an honor for her to be involved in the ERNA Foundation from the very outset as Member of the Board of Trustees. The objectives of the ERNA Foundation fit in one hundred percent with her personal charitable ambitions. Treating people and the environment with respect as well as supporting disadavantaged persons should be everyone's duty.


Thomas Krawietz, Trustee
Thomas Krawietz, Trustee

Thomas Krawietz is a lawyer and private banker with over 30 years of experience in serving wealthy clients in the Swiss market. He has also always focused on legal & compliance and change management, particularly with regard to developments in Switzerland and Germany.

 

Alongside his philanthropic work in various foundations, his activities as coach to managers and talent mentor constitute an important contribution for the company. He devotes himself to his honorary activities on the basis of a deep conviction and with a high level of commitment.


Vera Niedermeyer, Trustee
Vera Niedermeyer, Trustee

Vera Niedermeyer is a German lawyer with many years of experience in foundation work, who specializes in private banking and financial services as well as in legal advising of wealthy families and entrepreneurs.

 

She has already published numerous articles in newspapers and journals and is a regular speaker at legal conferences and events. Over and beyond the ERNA Foundation she campaigns for people dependent on support in everyday life.


Dr. Kai-Uwe Steck, Trustee
Dr. Kai-Uwe Steck, Trustee

Dr. Kai-Uwe Steck is a German lawyer and an expert in banking law and investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity funds and property investment funds. He recently received the "Best of the Best 2015" award from Expert Guides of the Legal Media Group, London, and is thus among the most renowned lawyers worldwide in his work area.

 

Nevertheless, social commitment is very important to him in addition to his professional work. As the father of a young daughter, supporting children's projects is particularly close to his heart.


PROJECT MANAGEment


Anna Hiltensberger, Senior Project Manager
Anna Hiltensberger, Senior Project Manager

Anna Hiltensberger spent many years working in tourism after obtaining her degree in Business Administration, gaining valuable experience in administration and as project manager.

 

Through her international work in Switzerland, Italy, Germany and the USA she has always worked with global teams and also managed them across locations. Parallel to this, she has always continued her early commitment to social projects as well as her work with children and youths, thus making her a value member of the ERNA Foundation.


Maike van Dijk, Project Manager (SWISS ICE CHALLENGE)
Maike van Dijk, Project Manager (SWISS ICE CHALLENGE)

Maike van Dijk spent many years working in both operative as well as administrative management positions in the international hotel and shipping sectors, before moving to her adopted home of Switzerland. Parallel to her profession, she is undergoing further training in the field of health advising.  

 

Her work for the ERNA Foundation enables her to combine her organisational skills with her enthusiasm for social projects. She became involved in helping disadvantaged children and young people at an early age, and today acts as mentor for the BIZ career advisory service, supporting young people in their search for an apprenticeship.