Corporate philanthropy: necessary evil or a force for social innovation?

June 9, 2017

On the 13th of June 2017 and in the context of its 15th anniversary, the BNP Paribas Swiss Foundation is organising a round table around the theme of “Corporate philanthropy in Geneva: necessary evil or a driving force for social innovation?”.

The event will be relayed live via the Bank’s Twitter account.

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Patrons and partners, actors from the public and private sectors and representatives from social and cultural spheres will be gathered together to exchange on key actors in the philanthropy field.

This debate is the ideal occasion to present and discuss the following issues:

  • Corporate philanthropy in French speaking Switzerland,
  • Relations between Business foundations and beneficiaries,
  • Corporate philanthropy , a driving force for social innovation?

The round table will be moderated by Ms Delphine Bottge, lawyer specialised in philanthropy and patronage, and will be relayed live on the  BNP Paribas Suisse Twitter account. Don’t miss these discussions on the important challenges concerning corporate philanthropy in Geneva, live on Tuesday, 13th June 2017 from 5.30 pm to 7 pm, come and ask your questions to the experts.  

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Delphine BOTTGE

Lawyer of the Geneva Bar, Bottge & Associates

Delphine Bottge, lawyer of the Geneva Bar, specialises in philanthropic structures (establishing foundations, governance advice) and in the judicial framework of related projects (donations, public/private philanthropic partnerships). She also accompanies foundations in defining and planning their strategy.


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Founder of Philias

Pioneer of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Switzerland, social entrepreneur, Bettina Ferdman has built numerous partnerships between the private sector, NGOs and the public sector, notably via Philias, the organisation she founded.

06 2017 Table ronde fondation - sanna fowlerSanna FOWLER

Deputy Director for Development, the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne [EPFL]

With a scientific background, Sanna started in the laboratories, moved to strategic communication and then to marketing and fundraising. At the heart of the development team at EPFL, she’s been contributing over the last six years to building relationships between enthusiastic donors and the sciences, technologies and innovation projects with the power to change the world in which we live.

06 2017 Table ronde fondation - joel goldsteinJoël GOLDSTEIN

Director of Pro Senectute Genève

On 1st August 2016, Joël Goldstein took over the direction of Pro Senectute Geneva, having worked for 25 years at EMS Les Marronniers, first as a social worker, then, from 1999, as director. Joël also held a strategic role for 10 years in the context of the construction project for the new EMS of 63 beds. Trained as a social worker and gerontologist, he constantly labours for the dignity and the recognition of the elderly.

06 2017 Table ronde fondation - karin jestin 2.jpgKarin JESTIN

PHI (Philanthropic & Humanitarian Initiatives) and member of the SwissFoundations director’s committee

Advisor in strategic philanthropy, Karin accompanies patrons in implementing their philanthropic projects, while combining the precision of strategic expertise and a passion for the social sector. Multilingual, her professional career has carried her over 4 continents, from McKinsey & Company to humanitarian work with the Red Cross, from corporate social responsibility at FSG to directing philanthropic foundations and developing philanthropic expertise with Lombard Odier, which she ran until 2015. As part of the SwissFoundations director’s committee, from 2011 until 2017, she has actively endeavoured to develop the Swiss philanthropic sector.

06 2017 Table ronde fondation - igor jolyIgor JOLY

General Delegate for the BNP Paribas Swiss Foundation

 Currently CEO of BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA, Igor Joly is in charge of Human Resources, Facilities and Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility. In addition, in September 2015, he was appointed General Delegate for the BNP Paribas Swiss Foundation, after having been a member of its Board.

06 2017 Table ronde fondation - nadia keckeisjolyNadia KECKEIS

Deputy Director of the Cantonal Office of Culture and Sport

Nadia Keckeis, deputy director of the Cantonal Office of Culture and Sport in Geneva, is in charge of access to culture and sport for all. She is specifically responsible for coordinating activities carried out or supported by the canton for training young talents, weaving ties between schools and cultural or sporting bodies, as well as for proposing guidelines that allow anyone and everyone to achieve fulfilment through practising an artistic or sporting activity.

06 2017 Table ronde fondation - natacha koutchoumovNatacha KOUTCHOUMOV

Co-director of the new Comedy of Geneva

Natacha Koutchoumov is an actress, stage director and educator. She has been working in theatre and cinema for 20 years. She regularly participates at the Manufactory as well as in other prestigious art schools (ECAL, HEAD). As of July 2017, Natacha will co-direct the Comedy of Geneva along with Denis Maillefer.