The Board

The Swiss Democracy Foundation (and also the European Democracy Foundation) is led by an executive board of three members:

Adrian Schmid, Präsident des Stiftungsrats

Born 1956 in Switzerland

The former Vice-President of the Swiss Green Party was for almost two decades a member of the Lucerne city parliament, including being its president in 1999.

He has been working for 40 years at the executive management level for various non-profi t organisations, such as the Lucerne Tenants’ Association, the VCS (a national Transport & Environment NGO) and the Swiss Heritage Association.

Adrian Schmid is a social scientist and has a long experience of directdemocratic processes at the local, regional, national and inter national level. He is Secretray General at the Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe and Managing Director of the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy 2020 in Bern, Switzerland.

Daniel Schily, Stiftungsrat


Born 1967 in Germany

Daniel Schily co-founded the association “More Democracy” (Mehr Demokratie) in Germany in 1988.

Today he works as a member of the executive board of Democracy International. For decades, Daniel Schily has supported democratic developments in Germany and internationally. Among the projects promoted by him are “The Direct Democracy Navigator”, the “European Public Sphere” and the “Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy”.

The scientist and teacher Schily is co-owner of the technlogy company Voith with headquarters in Heidenheim upon the Brenz. He is engaged in developing the Hofgut Rengoldshausen at Lake Constance with its agricultural and social activities.
Bruno Kaufmann, Stiftungsrat


Born 1965 in Switzerland

Bruno Kaufmann is the Global Democracy Correspondent for “swissinfo”, the International service of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation.

He also reports as a Correspondent on Northern Europe for the Swiss Radio and TV “SRF”. He is the author of numerous publications on the subject of participatory and direct democracy including the “Global Passport to Modern Direct Democracy” co-published by SDF. He is the Co-Founder of the “Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe” and Co-President of the “Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy”.

Bruno Kaufmann is a political scientist and was member of the city govern ment in Falun/ Sweden, where he was responsible for elections, referendums and democracy issues. Today he lives in Arboga/Sweden, where he serves as a River Councillor.