The gfs.bern team – your contacts

We implement surveys, reputation analyses and campaigns for you. Simply get in touch by phone or email.

For more information about gfs.bern and its work, consult the following pages:

Thomas Burgunder

Research Associate

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Thomas Burgunder

Research Associate

Thomas Burgunder holds an MSc in Mathematics with Informatics as his secondary subject from the University of Bern.

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Daniel Bohn

Project Member

Daniel Bohn

Project Member

Daniel Bohn is an application software developer.

Laura Salathe

Research Associate

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Laura Salathe

Research Associate

Laura Salathe holds a BA in Social Sciences. She is currently completing her MSc in Informatics at the University of Zurich.

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José Kress

Research Associate

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José Kress

Research Associate

José Kress holds an MA in Sociology. He studied in Valencia and Bern.

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Aaron Venetz

Research Associate and Data Scientist

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Aaron Venetz

Research Associate and Data Scientist

Aaron Venetz holds an MA in Political Sciences from the University of Bern. He has also completed a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Data Science.

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Edward Weber

Project Manager

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Edward Weber

Project Manager

Edward Weber studied Political Science and wrote his dissertation about populism in Switzerland at the University of Zurich.

Research topics:
Referendums
Elections
Issue monitoring
Image and reputation analyses
Reforms

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Melanie Ivankovic

Junior Project Manager

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Melanie Ivankovic

Junior Project Manager

Melanie Ivankovic studied at the University of Bern and holds an MA in Political Science.

Research topics:
Healthcare policy
Image and reputation analyses
Issue monitoring

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Alexander Frind

Project Manager

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Alexander Frind

Project Manager

MSc in Politics and Public Policy
Alexander Frind studied in Zurich and Dublin and holds an MSc in Politics and Public Policy.

Research topics:
Referendums
Campaigning
Issue monitoring
Transport policy
Europe

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Jonas Ph. Kocher

Project Manager

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Jonas Ph. Kocher

Project Manager

Jonas Ph. Kocher holds a licentiate degree in Political Sciences from the University of Bern. He embarked on a second degree in 2018 and will soon complete his BSc in Computer Science.

Research topics:
Referendums
Healthcare policy
Issue monitoring
Reforms
Projections
Europe

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Martina Mousson

Project Manager

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Martina Mousson

Project Manager

Martina Mousson studied at the Universities of Zurich and Bern. She holds a licentiate degree in Political Sciences.

Research topics:
Referendums
Elections
Issue monitoring
Image and reputation analyses
Education
Young people

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Cloé Jans

Operations Manager and Media Spokeswoman

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Cloé Jans

Operations Manager and Media Spokeswoman

Cloé Jans completed her MA in Political Sciences at the Universities of Zurich and Bern. She also holds two CAS in Communication Management and Leadership from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences.

Research topics:
Society
Healthcare policy
Image and reputation analyses
Issue monitoring
Young people
Reforms
Europe
Education

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Lukas Golder

Co-director and Member of the Administrative Board

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Lukas Golder

Co-director and Member of the Administrative Board

Lukas Golder is a political and media scientist who holds degrees from the Universities of Bern and Geneva. He holds an MAS in Corporate Communications and is currently training to be a Chief Digital Officer at the Swiss Institute for Business Administration. Lukas Golder lectures at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences.

Research topics:
Referendums
Campaigning
Issue monitoring
Image and reputation analyses
Healthcare policy
Reforms
Europe
Education
Mobility
Digital transformation

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Noah Herzog

Project Member/Administrator

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Noah Herzog

Project Member/Administrator

Noah Herzog completed a business apprenticeship. He is currently studying Multimedia Production at the Chur University of Applied Sciences.

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Katrin Wattenhofer

Research Associate

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Katrin Wattenhofer

Research Associate

Katrin Wattenhofer will complete her MA in Political Science at the University of Bern in the spring of 2020. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Zurich.

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Urs Bieri

Co-director and Member of the Administrative Board

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Urs Bieri

Co-director and Member of the Administrative Board

Urs Bieri is a political scientist who holds a licentiate degree from the University of Bern. He also has a NDS FH in Corporate Management, an Executive MBA FH, a CAS in Political Communication and a CAS in Communication Management. Urs Bieri works as a lecturer at the ZHAW - Zurich University of Applied Sciences as well as at the institute VMI at the Universität Fribourg.

Research topics:
Referendums
Campaigning
Issue monitoring
Image and reputation analyses
Transport policy
Reforms
Europe
Risk technologies
Healthcare
Transport policy

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The Administrative Board

The Administrative Board is responsible for gfs.bern’s strategic operation.

Claude Longchamp

President of the Administrative Board

Claude Longchamp established, shaped and managed gfs.bern between 1986 and 2016. Since handing over the company to Urs Bieri and Lukas Golder, he has been the President of the Administrative Board. In his capacity as a political scientist, he also lectures at the Universities of Zurich and Bern. Claude Longchamp specialises in the formation of opinions during referendum and election campaigns. He has an academic background in history and conducts guided historic tours of Bern and other cities.

@claudelongchamp

Martin Frey

Member of the Administrative Board

Martin Frey is a solicitor and partner at the Zurich offices of the international law firm Baker McKenzie. At present, he is a member of its Management Committee. He specialises in corporate law, M&A transactions and succession planning. He has been a member of gfs.bern’s Administrative Board since 2009.

Lukas Golder

Member of the Administrative Board

Lukas Golder has been working for gfs.bern since 1999. He joined gfs.bern as a political and media scientist in 1998. After becoming a Project Manager in 2002, he was appointed a Senior Project Manager and a Member of the gfs.bern Executive Board in 2006. He has jointly managed the company with Urs Bieri since 2016. He holds a Master of Advanced Studies in Corporate Communication and Leadership from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. In 2018, he started a training course to become a Chief Digital Officer at the Swiss Institute for Business Administration, which he will complete in May 2020.

@LukasGolder

Urs Bieri

Member of the Administrative Board

Urs Bieri is a political and media scientist. He has been working for the gfs.bern research institute since 1996. Having become a Project Manager in 2000, he was appointed a Senior Project Manager in 2006 and became a Member of the Executive Board and the company’s Co-director in 2016. He was also appointed to the Administrative Board of gfs-befragungsdienst (the gfs survey service) in 2016. In 2009, Urs Bieri completed an Executive MBA FH in Strategic Management to complement his background in the social sciences. He further completed a CAS (Certificate of Advanced Studies) FH in Communication Management in 2011 and a CAS FH in Political Communication in 2013. At present, he is a lecturer on the CAS programme in Political Communication at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences and teaches a module on lobbying at the VMI department of the University of Fribourg.

@urs_bieri

Our partners

gfs.bern maintains strategic partnerships with external parties.

Petra Huth

Economist and political scientist

Petra Huth works for and with gfs.bern as a project manager in qualitative research. She also coaches moderators and moderates complex dialogue groups. She derives her operative and strategic experience from her former employment with gfs.bern and from her work as a consultant and expert on political education. In collaboration with gfs.bern, Petra Huth organises large-scale workshops and focus groups in multiple languages and on a variety of topics.

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