At the CEPS, an interdisciplinary team of committed researchers and passionate organizers work together. Get to know the team members and their specific research interests. 


Prof. Dr. Georg von Schnurbein

Director CEPS, Professor of Philanthropy Studies, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Basel



Tel. +41 61 207 34 63

Managing Director

Maria Clotilde Henzen

Managing Director and Seminar Coordinator

Tel. +41 61 207 56 30

Affiliate Professor

Jeffrey L. Brudney, Ph.D.

Betty and Dan Cameron Family Distinguished Professor of Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector
University of North Carolina Wilmington, Department of Public & International Affairs


Tel. +1 (910) 962 3920

Research and Executive Education

Dr. rer. pol. Oto Potluka

Senior Researcher



Tel. +41 61 207 28 40

Research Interests: Partnerships between Nonprofits and Public Administrations

Robert Schmuki, MSc ETH Architecture / MAS NPO Management

Head Executive Education & Knowledge Transfer

Tel. +41 61 207 56 26

Interests: Strategy development in the NPO sector, knowledge management & transfer, criteria of success during upscaling & implementation phases

Research Assistants

Nicholas Arnold, MA in Socioeconomics

PhD candidate, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Basel

Tel. +41 61 207 56 28

Research Interests:Partnerships between NPOs and the private sector, organizational learning in NPOs, impact measurement


Alice Hengevoss, MA in Economics

PhD candidate, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Basel

Tel. +41 61 207 28 56

Research Interest: NPO Internationalization, Transnational NPO activity, Corporate Social Responsibility

Dr. rer. pol. Sophie Hersberger

Tel. +41 61 207 56 27

Research Interests: NPO and Markets, Stakeholder Management of NPOs, Competition and Cooperation between NPOs, Global Philanthropy

Dominik Meier, MSc in Psychology

PhD candidate, Faculty of Psychology, University of Basel

Tel. +41 61 207 33 09

Research Interests: Social preferences, reluctant sharing, information seeking & avoidance

Damian Schweighauser, MLaw, Attorney at Law

PhD candidate, Faculty of Law, University of Basel

Tel. +41 61 207 23 99

Research interests: Swiss Foundation, Association and Cooperative Law, Alternative Legal Forms for NPOs (Hybrid Entities, Benefit Corporations etc.), Supervisory Law



Leonore Wenzel, MSc in Sustainable Development

Secretariat and Seminar Administration

Tel. +41 61 207 23 92

Student Assistants

Manvi Bhatia, Master of Science (MSc) in Computer Science

Lia Ferrini, BA in Development Economics and International Cooperation

cand. MSc Sustainable Development

Tel. +41 61 207 23 47

Anja Rogenmoser, BA History and Economics

cand. MA in Cultural Studies

Tel. +41 61 207 64 33

Former Staff

Felix Bartos, former student assistant l

Steffen Bethmann, former research associate l

Patrizia Egloff, former student assistant
Energietal Toggenburg l

Julia Fischer,  former student assistant l

Dr. rer. pol. Tizian Fritz, former research assistant
University of Basel  l

Theresa Gehringer, former research assistant,

Vanessa Heiniger, former student assistant l

Milena Jankovic, former student assistant l

Marianne Käch, former student assistant l

Dr. iur. Jonas Kipfer-Berger, former research associate
Studer Anwälte und Notare AG l

Simone Leibundgut, former research assistant
Kantonales Steueramt Zürich l

Anne Mayer, Internship,

Martina Merkle, former secretariat
Geo Explorers AG l

Dr. Marybel Perez, former senior researcher l

Justine Portenier,  former student assistant l

Lucas Rizzo-Arrivillaga, former research associate

Dr. Daniela Schönenberg, former research assistant
Axa Versicherungen AG, Winterthur l

Michèle Spring, former student assistant l

Thomas Starzynski, former research associate l

Sabrina Stöckli, former research assistant
Kollegium St. Michael, Fribourg l

Dr. rer. pol. Sibylle Studer, former research assistant
td-net, Bern l

Dr. Sara Stühlinger, former research assistant,

Rebecca Wirbel, former student assistant l

Dr. Rafael Wyser, former research assistant
Hirslanden Klinik Aarau l