DR NANCY ECKERT
Born 1980 in Germany (GDR)
Nancy Eckert has worked for over 12 years at the interface between politics, the public and business in public institutions. She is currently head of the office of the Conference of Sponsors and the University Council of the University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland.
As a dual citizen of Germany and Switzerland and as an educational and political scientist, she is very familiar with different political and social systems. With her specific profile in education and higher education, she is politically active in Switzerland at national and cantonal level.
With her commitment, she would like to make a significant contribution to the political education of children, adolescents and young adults.
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.
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.
Born 1955 in Switzerland
Andreas Zivy was the CEO of the family company Ameropa until 2019 and has been on the board of the Ameropa Foundation, which focuses on development projects in third world countries. Since 2020 he is the chairman of the Ameropa Group.
A political scientist by education, Andreas Zivy has maintained a keen interest in political theory and practice and has been active both in a political party as well as grassroot movements in the past.
His primary motivation to join the Swiss Democracy Foundation were concerns on the worldwide democratic backsliding observed over the last decade.