Who We Are

Board and Management Staff of PartnerAid

Board

René Wüthirch

President

René Wüthrich is married and has one son. After a commercial apprenticeship, he has been working for many years as the managing director of an international organisation and has witnessed how PartnerAid has developed in numerous countries and has become an ingenious life-changing place of hope.

Markus Schranz

Member of the Board and Finances

Raised in the Bernese Oberland and always curious to know what comes after the next bend or the next mountain, he left the mountain village at the age of 20. He worked as a mechanic and administrative manager for an NGO in the South Pacific for seven years. After his return, he completed further training in business administration. Since 2008, he has been responsible for the finances at PartnerAid Switzerland and is in close contact with the project leaders. He is married, has two adult sons and lives in Münsingen. He works for a telecom company and in his free time he enjoys sports.

Johny Mumenthaler

Member of the Board and Actuary

After almost 40 years of service at the Swiss Post, Johny served as Managing Director of PartnerAid Switzerland between 2013 and 2020, committing himself not only financially but also in terms of time to development cooperation. To accept this appointment, he took early retirement. He has never regretted using his talent to make an administrative contribution to the poorest of the poor.

Christof Kräuch

Member of the Board

After his training as a railway operations dispatcher, he lived as a tour operator with his family for several years in the Berber hinterland of North Africa. There they shared life and work with a hospitable population. The gentle small group tourism led to mutual acquaintance and amazement. Back in Switzerland, he is involved as a consultant and leader of intercultural projects and on the board of PartnerAid Switzerland.

Christian Hartmann

Member of the Board

The master farmer, born and raised in Toggenburg, completed a second training as a business software engineer after a back injury. Together with his wife, he worked for five years for a Swiss NGO in Bhutan. The main focus was to improve the education of the local population, teacher training and the establishment and expansion of agricultural training. Since his return to Switzerland in 2008, he has been working again as a business software engineer and for several years as a volunteer board member for PartnerAid Switzerland. He lives with his family in Volketswil.

Management Staff

Martin Gurtner-Duperrex

Managing Director

The trained secondary teacher grew up in the Bernese Oberland. He and his wife worked as project and team leaders for 15 years in Chad, Sudan, Yemen and the Comoros Islands, mainly in adult education programmes and as trainers for PartnerAid Switzerland. Since his return to Switzerland in 2017, he has worked for PartnerAid Switzerland as a Programme Coordinator and in public relations. Since 2020, he has been serving part-time as Managing Director.

Anita Ruinelli

Secretariat and Newsletter

Born and raised in the Zurich Oberland, she completed a commercial apprenticeship in a notary’s office and further training as an accounting clerk. She lived for three years in Tunisia, where she worked in the tourism sector, and for 15 months in southern Iraq as a financial officer for an international aid organisation. Since her return to Switzerland in 2012, she has been working part-time for PartnerAid Switzerland. She is currently a housewife and mother of three small children.

Daniel Scheidegger

Public Relations and Medias

He is married and the father of three grown-up children. The trained carpenter and wood technician lives in the Upper Aargau region of Bern and now works as a vocational school teacher. He involvement in a house construction project in the Philippines sparked his interest in supporting people in emergency situations at a young age. He has been involved with PartnerAid since 2020.