SWIPRA Services AG

Barbara A. Heller, Managing Director

Barbara has more than 30 years experience in the financial services, pharmaceuticals and consulting industry as senior manager, executive and board member.

After receiving her Masters Degree from the University of Zurich in 1991, Barbara joined Bank Leu (today Credit Suisse) in credit, project & trade finance for international corporate clients. AS a Managing Director she later headed the business unit capital markets/financial engineering until 1996. From 1997 to 2005, she was Managing Director at Vontobel Investment Banking and responsible for various Swiss and international corporate finance and private equity transactions and consulting services for board members and investor groups. From 2005 to 2012, Barbara was CFO of Santhera Pharmaceuticals, Basel (SIX:SANN), leading its IPO in 2006.

Barbara Heller is a member of the board of directors of Graubündner Kantonalbank (SIX:GRKP), Member of the Board of Directors of Orascom Development Holding (SIX:ODHN), member of the Investment Committee of Transparenta Collective Pension Foundation, Vice-Chair of the Swiss CFO Forum, Chairperson of the Jury of the Swiss CFO Award and Of Counsel at Lemongrass Communications. Until March 2021, she was a member of the board of directors of Bank Cler Ltd, Basel, chairing its Audit Committee.

Barbara received her Masters Degree in Economics and Business Administration, with an emphasis on financial economics, empirical research and banking fromthe University of Zurich.

Dr. Christoph Wenk Bernasconi, Senior Partner

Christoph is a researcher at the Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich and responsible for the scientific approach and foundation of SWIPRA’s consulting services, its survey projects and analyses. He is co-author of the SWIPRA Considerations for Corporate Governance and of the SFI Whitepaper on corporate governance.

Further, Christoph is conducting empirical research and lectures in the field of corporate governance and corporate finance.

After the successful completion of his coursework in the PhD program of the Swiss National Bank in Gerzensee, Christoph Wenk wrote his thesis in the field of empirical corporate finance and graduated in spring 2013. His research expertise is in the empirical analysis, in particular on topics of corporate governance and corporate finance as well as corporate valuation.


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