Introduction to the Foundation Council, the Scientific Advisory Committee, and the General Administration

The Private Foundation of the Geneva University Hospitals (hereafter, “the Foundation”) is a foundation based on private law and regulated by statutes and by articles 80 et seq of the Swiss Civil Code.

The Foundation is a private law entity and as such it falls under the authority of the Geneva ASFIP, the cantonal monitoring agency for foundations and benefits institution

It is made up of 4 groups:

  •  the Foundation Council
  •  the Scientific Advisory Committee
  •  the General Administration
  •  the Review Board



The Foundation Council is the highest body of the Foundation. It ensures that the foundation’s objectives are achieved. It has the broadest powers for managing the Foundation’s assets. 

The Foundation Council meets four times per year, in March, June, September, and December.

Its mandate includes:

  • Enacting the general principles and dictates necessary for the Foundation’s activities
  • Setting the rules for how the Foundation is represented
  • Making strategic decisions, especially those pertaining to fundraising and communications
  • Researching all sources of funding that could support the goals of the Foundation
  • Ensuring a balanced distribution between the different goals of the Foundation
  • Deciding the allocation of donations and the method and duration of project funding, while adhering to donors’ wishes
  • Defining priority themes for calls for proposals, selection procedures, and evaluation criteria
  • Appointing members of the Scientific Advisory Committee and the General Administration
  • Adopting annual budgets, balance sheets, accounts, and activity reports



Composition du conseil de la fondation

Prof. Jean-Dominique Vassali
Prof. Jean-Dominique Vassali

Rector Emeritus of the University of Geneva (2007-2015) ; MD, University of Geneva and PhD, Rockefeller University.  Professor Vassalli focused on developmental genetics over the course of his academic career. He was appointed by UNIGE and is a full member of the Foundation, as well as its president since 2014.

M. Bertrand LEVRAT
Mr Bertrand LEVRAT
Vice President, General Director, HUG

M. Levrat, a lawyer by training, has been the General Director of the Geneva University Hospitals since 2013. He is very involved in social and humanitarian aid and has run Geneva’s General Hospice and worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross. He is a full member of the Foundation and has been its vice president since 2014.

Ms Sandra MERKLI
Mme Sandra MERKLI
Treasurer, Healthcare Director, HUG

Ms. Merkli holds an advanced degree in Healthcare Facilities Management and has been in charge of care at the HUG for more than 15 years.  In September 2017, she was named the Healthcare Director at the HUG and became a full member of the Foundation.

Prof. Cem GABAY
Prof. Cem GABAY
Doyen faculté de médecine

Doyen de la Faculté de médecine de l’Université de Genève depuis 2019, le professeur Gabay est médecin spécialiste en médecine interne et rhumatologie. Il siège au Comité de direction des HUG en qualité de Directeur de la recherche et de la formation. Il est membre de plein droit de la Fondation.

Prof. Arnaud PERRIER
Prof. Arnaud PERRIER
Chief Medical Officer, HUG

Professor Perrier has been the Chief Medical Officer at the Geneva University Hospitals since 2015. For many years, he directed the General Internal Medicine Division and actively participated in developing and implementing the new curriculum of undergraduate medical studies in the UNIGE’s Faculty of Medicine. He has been a full member of the Foundation since 2015.

M Emmanuelle ARGAND
Ms Emmanuelle ARGAND

An expert attorney in the judicial and legal matters of charitable foundations and associations, Emmanuelle Argand practices at the Kellerhals Carrard law firm in the areas of financial and estate planning as well as trusts and foundations. She has been a member of the Foundation since 2014 and represents civil society in this capacity.

Dre Michèle OLLIER
Dre Michèle OLLIER

Holding degrees in both medicine and science, Dr. Michèle Ollier has expertise in innovation and the transfer of technologies in the fields of medical and pharmaceutical sciences. She has been a member of the Foundation since 2016 and represents civil society in this capacity.

Mr Pierre PONCET

A former Bordier & Cie associate, the economist and banker Pierre Poncet has used his experience to serve Geneva by working for the Geneva Chamber of Commerce for years.



Composition du secretariat général

Dre Stéphane COUTY
Dre Stéphane COUTY
Secrétaire générale

Docteure ès Science de l’Université de Lausanne, Stéphane Couty a œuvré plusieurs années comme adjointe scientifique du Doyen de la Faculté de médecine de l’UNIGE. Elle a à son actif l’évaluation « mimosa » de la recherche scientifique, la création du Centre de recherche clinique HUG-FACMED et du Welcome Center UNIGE-HUG. En 2013, elle prend la  direction du Secrétariat général de la Fondation.

Assistante de direction

Diplômée de l’Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, Clémence Bardier travaille aux Hôpitaux universitaires de Genève depuis 2011. En décembre 2016, elle rejoint la Fondation comme assistante de direction. Elle est en charge des projets qualité des soins et bien-être des patients, patientes et de leurs proches.

Commise administrative

Angela Guariniello a rejoint la Fondation en 2020 et est en charge du suivi administratif de la Fondation.

Mme Marianne RUBIO
Mme Marianne RUBIO
Chargée de communication

Diplômée en sciences économiques et marketing, Marianne Rubio est chargée de communication à la Direction de la communication des HUG. Elle contribue depuis 2017 à la communication de la Fondation.

Mme Sandrine SCURI
Mme Sandrine SCURI

Spécialisée en gestion comptable, Sandrine Scuri assure la comptabilité de la Fondation depuis 2016.

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Upon nomination by the HUG and in agreement with the Faculty of Medicine, the Foundation Council appoints members to the Scientific Advisory Committee. The presidency of the committee is fully conferred upon the representative of the deanship in charge of research at the Faculty of Medicine.

The Scientific Advisory Committee may be convened by the Foundation Council at any time and provides it with expert advice. The Committee proposes the method and duration of funding for projects, as well as project objectives to be achieved. Its evaluation is based on the procedures and criteria established by the Foundation Council. The Committee may rely on outside experts, whether Swiss or foreign, as needed.


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Scientific Advisory Committee for Research Projects about Patients and Processes