The Istituto Svizzero team can be contacted at the following addresses:

Joëlle Comé

Head curator:
Samuel Gross

Head of science, research, and innovation:
Adrian Brändli

Stephan Berger

PA to the director and management Rome:
Elena Catuogno

Head of production:
Paolo Caravello

Head of communication:
Georgia Stellin

Communication assistant:
Seraphin Reich

Production and management Milan:
Claudia Buraschi

Romina Pallotto

Joëlle Comé
Joëlle Comé is the Director of Istituto Svizzero. She holds an MA in Cinema and Culture from INSAS (Brussels). She has a broad experience in managing cultural and international projects, artistic education and cultural policy. She started her career at the ICRC – International Committee of the Red Cross. After several years as a delegate in war zones on three different continents, she produced and directed documentary and institutional films for the ICRC headquarters in Geneva. Next she directed the Cinema Department of the ECAL (Lausanne University of the arts) before starting her own film production company. In 2007 she was appointed head of the cultural affairs of the Canton of Geneva and in 2016 Director of the Istituto Svizzero.

Samuel Gross
Samuel Gross
Samuel Gross is Head Curator at the Istituto Svizzero. He received his MA in History of Art from Geneva University in 2001. He has been working since as independent curator and as art critic for art magazines and artist’s books (editor and author of Sylvie Fleury’s reference monograph, 2015, published by jrp|ringier). His previous work experience includes: Foundation Speerstra, Apples, as Director until 2014; Evergreene gallery, Geneva, as Artistic Director (2007-2012) and MAMCO (Musée d’art moderne et contemporain), Geneva, as Assistant to the Director. Among his most recent shows curated: Roman Signer, Istituto Svizzero, Rome; Balthasar Burkhard, Istituto Svizzero, Milan; John M. Armleder, Istituto Svizzero, Rome; Elizabeth Murray, “Récit d’un temps court 2”, MAMCO, Geneva. Samuel Gross has also been part of various art committees: Prix Manor, Artissima—Present Future section, and F.P. Journe among others.

Adrian Brändli
Adrian Brändli is Head of Research, Science and Innovation at the Istituto Svizzero. Holding a DPhil in Ancient History from the University of Oxford, he conducted research into the history of late antiquity and early Christianity with a particular emphasis on the social dynamics of religious conflicts. He started his academic career at the University of Bern where he graduated in 2010 with a Master’s thesis on Cyprian of Carthage. Subsequently, he was granted the Berrow Foundation Scholarship, allowing him to pursue his doctoral research at Lincoln College in Oxford. Adrian Brändli previously held academic positions at the universities of Bern and Oxford. Currently, he is also a lecturer at the University of Zurich.

The Foundation
The Foundation is a non-profit body. Its board of directors comprises figures from Switzerland’s political, cultural and academic worlds as well as a family’s member of the donor Carolina Maraini-Sommaruga. Its composition is such as to ensure a balance between linguistic areas as well as equality in terms of gender and management skills.

Board of Directors:

Mario Annoni
Former Councillor of State (Berne, La Neuveville)

Giovanna Masoni
Lawyer and notary, Lugano, former deputy mayor of Lugano and former head of the Department of culture, education and the territory (Canton Ticino)

Giovanni Carmine
Curator, Zurich, director of the Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen
Hedy Graber
Head of the Directorate of cultural and social affairs, Migros Federation of Cooperatives Zurich
Eva Herzog
Councillor of State, Head of the Department of Finance of the Canton of Basel Stadt
Luciana Vaccaro
Ph.D (physics), chancellor of the HES-SO (Haute Ecole spécialisée de Suisse occidentale), Delémont
Carlo Sommaruga
Lawyer and National Councillor, Geneva, representative of the family of the donor Carolina Maraini-Sommaruga
Rita Adam
Ambassador of Switzerland to Italy, Rome, permanent guest

The scientific and artistic committees are responsible for the selection of the candidates for residencies. Their members represent all the linguistic regions of Switzerland and are selected from among recognised experts in the Swiss worlds of arts and science.

Artistic committee:

Giovanni Carmine
Curator, Zurich, director of the Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen

Anne Davier
ADC, Association pour la Danse Contemporaine, Geneva
Caroline Coutau
Editions ZOE, Carouge
Sabine Himmelsbach
HeK -Haus der elektronischen Künste, Basel
Sabina Lang
artist, Burgdorf
Daniel Rothenbühler
Hochschule der Künste, Schweizerisches Literaturinstitut, Bern
Carine Zuber
Moods, Zurich

Permanent guests:
Joëlle Comé
Director, Istituto Svizzero
Samuel Gross
Head curator, Istituto Svizzero

Scientific committee:

Stefan Rebenich
Historisches Institut (ancient history), Unitobler, Bern

Lorenz Baumer
University of Geneva, Faculty of Arts, Classical archaeology
Anne Bielman
University of Lausanne, Faculty of Arts, Sciences of Antiquity
Christoph Hoffmann
University of Lucerne, Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences
Nora Markwalder
University of St Gallen, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law and Criminology
Uberto Motta
University of Freiburg, Italian literature

Permanent guests:
Joëlle Comé
Director, Istituto Svizzero
Adrian Brändli
Head of science, research and innovation, Istituto Svizzero

Scientific Advisory Board:

François Bussy
Vice-rector Research and International Relations, University of Lausanne
Martin Guggisberg
Classical archeology, University of Basel
Olivier Guillod
Vice-dean, Director of the  Institute of Health Law, Université de Neuchâtel
Swetlana Heger-Davis
Director department Kunst & Medien, Dossier Internationales, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK
Béla Kapossy
Director of College of Humanities, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne EPFL
Micheline Louis-Courvoisier
Vice-rector, History Medical Humanities, Director Maison de l’histoire, University of Geneva
Daniela Mondini
History of art and medieval architecture, Università della Svizzera Italiana USI
Uberto Motta
Italian Literature, University of Fribourg
Stefan Rebenich
Historical Institute, ancient history, Universität Bern
Wolfgang Schatz
Secretary General, University of Luzern
Christian Schwarzenegger
Vice-Rector, Law and Economics, University of Zurich
Thomas Strässle
Director Y Institute, Berner Fachhochschule BFH