An International Team Up For Global Challenges

The global outlook of our organisation is reflected in the diversity of our people. To fulfil our mission of fostering multi-stakeholder collaboration to advance sustainable resource use in an international context, we leverage the power of our people: a unique mix of experiences, visions, backgrounds and languages blending together to fulfil our mission.

Our Governance

WRF is a non-profit association regulated by its members. The WRF membership is open to a large array of organisations such as companies, governmental agencies, international organisations, NGOs, scientific and academic institutions, as well as to individuals.

The General Assembly, formed by Associate Partners, is the supreme decision-making body of the WRF and elects the Executive Board. The activities of the WRF are coordinated by the Secretariat, led by the Managing Director. A Scientific Committee supports the Board as an advisory body.

Executive Board

Bruno Oberle

WRF President

Xaver Edelmann

WRF Vice-President

Alice Kaudia

Board Member

Brigitte Buchmann

WRF President

Cornis van der Lugt

Board Member

Harry Lehmann

Board Member

Helga Weisz

Board Member

Janez Potočnik

Board Member

Martine Rohn-Brossard

Board Advisor

Peder Jensen

Board Member

Merlyn Van Voore

Board Member

Honorary Board Members

Jinghai Li

Honorary Board Member

Fredy Brunner

Honorary Board Member

Friedrich “Bio” Schmidt-Bleek

Honorary Board Member


We can speak to you in German, English, Spanish, Persian, French,  Italian and Hungarian.

Mathias Schluep

Managing Director

Nicole Nussbaumer

Executive Assistant & CFO

Sonia Valdivia

Scientific Director

Shahrzad Manoochehri

Program Director

Emanuele Di Francesco

Communications and Events Manager

Adrien Specker

Project Officer

Tünde Mikó

Digital Communications

Thad Mermer

Website Support

Robin S. Gilli

Project Manager