Economist and Political Scientist
Stefan Rieder is managing director and partner at Interface. He holds a doctorate in economics and political science and has been at Interface since 1994. He has more than 20 years’ experience in conducting and overseeing evaluations. Stefan Rieder is an expert in issues related to energy policy and public administration. As an evaluator and consultant, he helps, in particular, public agencies to plan and implement reforms and with issues related to organizational development. Stefan Rieder is a member of the Board of Directors of the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL) and is a lecturer at the University of Lucerne and at various universities on the subjects of evaluation, policy studies and energy.
Head of the Transportation and Rural Development
Tobias Arnold completed his bachelor’s degree in political science and history at the University of Lucerne from 2009 to 2012. As part of his final project, he looked at the social divisions of Swiss votes. In the autumn 2011 and spring 2012 semesters, he was a tutor in methodological training in the Department of Sociology at the University of Lucerne. At Interface, he worked for a year as a research intern and has been a research associate since June 2013. Tobias Arnold primarily works on projects in the department of Transportation and Spacial Development. In particular, he is involved in scientific evaluations of mobility projects as well as research projects related to transportation, development and energy.
Head of the Social and Demographic Change Department
Head of the Competence Center of Surveys
Oliver Bieri studied sociology and political science at the University of Zurich, where he received his doctoral degree in sociology in 2005. He joined Interface in 1997 and has been Head of the Social and Demographic Change department since 2007. He is a partner in the company. As part of evaluation, consulting and research projects he deals with the issues of social security, social integration and demographic change. He focuses in particular on social transfers to ensure a basic standard of living, with special consideration of unemployment insurance, disability insurance, the reduction of premiums for health insurance and social assistance. In his function as head of the internal competence center for quantitative methods, he supports projects for which quantitative analysis methods are applied. Oliver Bieri is a lecturer in the evaluation department at various colleges and universities.
Head of the Education, Youth and Family Department
Ruth Feller studied education, educational psychology, environmental sciences and theology at the University of Freiburg and is a primary school teacher. She has worked at Interface since 2003, where she heads the Education, Youth and Family department as a partner in the company. Her focus is on evaluations and studies in the areas of national and cantonal education reform, vocational training and school development. She also works as a consultant to schools. From 2006 to 2009, she taught executive courses for school principals on planning and implementing in-school self-evaluations at the University of Teacher Education Lucerne. She also supports municipalities and cantons in developing family policy concepts and strategies, and conducts evaluations of family and youth policy projects and programs. She supports projects to organize and finance supplementary childcare (e.g., childcare vouchers) and works on the design and evaluation of early education and, in particular, the educational quality of early childhood development, support and education.
Head of the Migration and Equal Opportunity Department
Franziska Müller studied sociology and public law at the University of Bern. In addition, she completed the Diploma of Advanced Studies in Evaluation at the University of Bern. She joined Interface in 2001, where she has been Head of the Migration and Equal Opportunity department since January 2015. Her work focuses on analyses, evaluations and consulting related to the topics of equal opportunity for women and men in education and employment, the promotion of integration, and processes and measures in the area of asylum. In addition, she supports and evaluates neighborhood development processes in cities and towns.
Environmental Scientist and Master of Public Health
Head of the Health Department
Manuela Oetterli is an environmental scientist and has a teaching certificate. Following her studies, she worked at the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health for four years, where she helped to set up the health and environment action program. While doing this, she completed a Master of Public Health degree. Manuela Oetterli has been at Interface since 2002. Since 2011, she has headed the Health department. She is a partner in the company. She works on various aspects of prevention, health promotion and healthcare. Her focus is on the development of models, concepts and strategies as well as the evaluation of programs and projects.
Head of the Organization an Public Management Department
Christof Schwenkel studied at the Universities of Konstanz, Prague and Bordeaux, graduating with a degree in public policy and management. He has worked at Interface since 2007 and has headed the Organization and Public Management department since 2015. His work focuses on conducting evaluations, consulting and organizational developments. In doing so, he deals with the issues of culture, justice and public management.
Head of the Environment and Energy Department
David Walker studied forestry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. He completed a post-graduate course in applied statistics at the University of Bern and does regular studies in economics and political science. Before joining Interface, he worked for an engineering firm in Zurich, a timber group in Canada, the Forest division of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment and as part of an interdisciplinary research project at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. David Walker has worked as a research associate at Interface since 2008. At the beginning of 2015, he took over as Head of the Environment and Energy department. The focus of his work is on the evaluation of environmental and energy policy tools as well as carrying out research projects. David applies his broad thematic and methodological experience to the development and implementation of measures for private and public organizations.
Founder of Interface
Research Quality Assurance
Andreas Balthasar studied economics and the history of economics at the University of Bern. He completed his habilitation (post-doctoral qualification for research and teaching at the university level) at the Faculty of Economics & Social Science at the University of Bern in the spring of 2007. He has been an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science since 2010 and in the Department of Health Science and Health Policy at the University of Lucerne since 2013. From 2000 to 2008, he was president of the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL).
Andreas Balthasar founded Interface Politikstudien Forschung Beratung in Lucerne in 1991 and served as its managing director until 2014. He works with various federal offices as an evaluation and strategy consultant. He also focuses on research in social and health policy and the management of complex evaluations. He has been chairman of the steering committee of the national research program Managing Energy Consumption (NRP 71) since 2013.
Human Resources Director
Research Quality Assurance
Ueli Haefeli studied history, psychology and musicology at the University of Bern. He was a research associate/senior research associate at the Center for General Ecology at the University of Bern from 1990 to 2001. He completed his Ph.D. under Prof. Christian Pfister (Section of Economic, Social and Environmental History) in 1994, followed by a habilitation in contemporary history in 2007, and appointment as an adjunct professor for sustainable mobility in 2009. Ueli Haefeli has been at Interface since 2001, where, as a partner, he is the director of human resources in addition to his project work. He specializes in transportation issues. His focuses are on the evaluation of transportation projects, the analysis of transportation trends and mobility behavior, and consulting on sustainability and mobility issues. In addition, he regularly conducts evaluations of projects in the areas of the environment, energy and regional development.
Helen Amberg studied economics at the University of Zurich and completed a Master of Arts in economics with a focus on political economy in the spring of 2012. Following an internship at LUSTAT Statistik Luzern, Helen Amberg joined Interface as a research intern in October 2012. She has been a research associate in the Social and Demographic Change department since October 2013. Her work focuses on the analysis and assessment of complex data sets as well as cost-benefit analyses. In addition, she is familiar with the Swiss social transfer system and in this connection has calculated such benefits in the framework of various projects.
Proofreading and Marketing
Caroline Birrer trained as a nurse (obtaining the Certificate of General Nursing) and has many years’ experience as head of administration in the cultural field. In the summer of 2002, she completed a commercial training course while working (Swiss Federation of Commercial Schools diploma), and in the winter of 2005, she successfully completed training as a marketing assistant. She has been at Interface since 2001. Caroline Birrer heads the administrative office and coordinates the work of central services. She is responsible for editing reports and other texts. She maintains the website and implements communication measures. In addition, she supports management in the organization of events.
After completing a basic course in German studies, Roland Blättler worked as a proof-reader for a daily newspaper and as an external freelance for book-publishing companies. As Inter-Library Loans Assistant in the Lucerne Central and College Library, his responsibilities included searching for and purchasing scientific and academic literature. Since 1999, he has been working for Interface where he deals with every aspect of searching, archiving and bibliography.
ICT Support and Office
After completing her studies as a cosmetologist and make-up artist, Miriam Christen ran her own cosmetology practice for several years. In the autumn of 2008, she changed careers and began a new job in ICT support at a national building and plumbing supplies company, where she was responsible for providing employees with German and French training. In June 2015, she completed the two-year distance course offered by Viscom to become a certified German and French editor and technical elements. She has worked in ICT support at Interface since autumn 2010, where she is responsible for IT and telephony. As an editor, she edits and revises reports and other texts. Her diverse duties include supply management and carrying out administrative and organizational tasks in the administrative office. In addition, she supports employees with various projects.
Flurina Dietrich completed her bachelor’s degree in education and the sociology of social problems at the University of Freiburg between 2007 and 2010. During her master’s studies in early childhood at the Thurgau University of Teacher Education and the University of Konstanz she focused on the early period (0-5 years). She has worked at Interface since April 2014, first for a year as an intern and now as a research associate. She is mainly involved in evaluations of national programs and projects in the areas of open youth work, prevention and the environment.
Political and Administration Scientist
Olivier Dolder studied political science (BA) at the University of Geneva as well as public management and politics (MA) with a focus on economics at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) in Lausanne and at the University of Neuchâtel. Olivier Dolder has worked in the Organization and Public Management department at Interface since 2010. His work focuses on organizational and strategy development, evaluation research, conducting cost-benefit analyses and evaluations in the area of science and research. Olivier Dolder teaches at the University of Lucerne and at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.
Sociologist and Political Scientist
Sarah Fässler studied social sciences in Lausanne and completed an advanced diploma in politics at the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne. In the course of her duties as a research assistant at the University of Lausanne, she dealt with health issues and participated, among other things, in a study on African microinsurance on behalf of the International Labour Organization. She has worked in the Health department at Interface as a research associate since 2006 and as a project manager since 2012. The focus of her work is on evaluation of and consulting on projects to promote sufficient movement, balanced nutrition, physical health and equal opportunity in the healthcare system. She has many years’ experience in the evaluation of national programs that are implemented at cantonal level.
Anina Hanimann completed her master’s degree in political science at the University of Bern in 2014. After working at the Polsan Institute for Health Policy GmbH and the Foundation for Consumer Protection (SKS), where she was most recently employed as a project manager, she started an internship in the Health department at Interface november 2014 and has been a research associate since october 2015. As part of her master’s studies and her previous professional activities, she dealt with issues related to health policy as well as the environment and sustainability.
Political and Administration Scientist
Vera Hertig completed her bachelor’s degree in sociology and law at the University of Basel between 2008 and 2012. She then studied at the University of Lausanne (IDHEAP) and the University of Bern, completing a Master of Arts in Public Management and Politics with a focus on administrative law. During her master’s studies she worked as a research associate on a research project on justice management at IDHEAP. Vera Hertig has been in the Organization and Public Management department at Interface since autumn 2014.
Personnel and Finance
Sabina Kneubühler has worked at Interface since 1999. After receiving her general qualification for university entrance, she completed marketing training at SAWI in Biel and she has several years’ experience as a secretary. In the spring of 2009, she completed the two-year distance course for editors offered by the Joint Training Center for Visual Communication (Paritätische Berufsbildungsstelle für visuelle Kommunikation, or PBS) in German and technical elements. As an assistant to management, she is responsible for financial administration, accounting, human resources and insurance. In addition, she edits and proofreads reports and presentations.
Alexandra La Mantia completed the Diploma of Advanced Studies in Evaluation (DAS Evaluation) at the University of Bern. She also has a master’s degree in municipal, city and regional planning and studied sociocultural animation. Alexandra La Mantia has worked in the social, educational and sociocultural fields for more than 20 years, mainly on the issue of child and youth development. In addition, from 2004 to 2009 she was a member of the Swiss Federal Commission for Child and Youth Affairs. She has worked at Interface since 2013. She advises and supports communities and other organizations in the further development of child and family policy. Furthermore, she works on the evaluation of national programs and projects in the area of child and youth development. She also works on the quality of open youth work programs in municipalities and cantons.
Head of the Competence Center for Moderation and Participation
Flurina Landis studied political science at the University of Lausanne. In addition, she obtained the certificate of advanced studies in sustainable development at the University of Bern. Flurina Landis has been a research associate since 2004 and a project manager since 2011 in the Environment and Energy and Organization and Public Management departments. The focus of her evaluation and consulting work includes, among other things, sustainable development and climate policy as well as enforcement of federal environmental regulations. Flurina Landis has headed the internal competence center for moderation and participation since January 2015 and supports her colleagues in moderation and process matters. In addition, as an instructor she is responsible for the “Evaluation” module as part of the CAS in sustainable development at the University of Bern.
Medicine and Master of Public Health
Birgit Laubereau is a physician and has additional training in public health with a focus on quantitative methods. After completing her studies, she first worked in the clinical area in internal medicine and pediatrics, and then in academics in epidemiological research and public health. She has worked at Interface since 2009, as a project manager in the Health department since 2013. Her work focuses on public health, particularly in the areas of health promotion and prevention as well as healthcare. She manages and supports evaluations of programs and projects, carries out research projects and advises institutions in the development of strategies and concepts.
Alma Ramsden works at Interface since June 2016. She is also assistant lecturer at the University of St. Gallen. In 2005, she did a Bachelor in Economics and Social Anthropology at the University of Basel and proceeded to do her Masters in Economics at the University of St. Gallen. She then did a Ph.D. in Economics and Finance at the Chair of Prof. Dr. Monika Bütler at the Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research, University of St. Gallen, where she was also a research assistant. During and between her studies she did volunteer work in South Africa in the areas of health and women’s rights. She also worked as a research assistant at the World Demographic and Ageing Forum in St. Gallen. Her research interests are in the areas of public policy, labour markets, health economics and demographic change.
Chantal Strotz completed her bachelor’s degree in social sciences and her master’s degree in political science at the University of Bern. The focus of her studies was on the areas of energy and environmental policy and policy analysis. In her master’s thesis, she investigated the stakeholders and coalitions involved in Swiss energy policy after Fukushima. She has worked at Interface in the Environment and Energy department since September 2014.
Economist and Ethnologist
Sibylle Studer studied ethnology, management and economics as well as international relations at the University of Zurich. Following foreign stays in Bolivia and Togo, she started working at the Centre for Philanthropy Studies (CEPS) as a researcher, teacher, coach and trainer. She did further studies in economics and methodology and received a doctorate in economics from the University of Basel. Since mid-2014, she has worked as a research associate in the Environment and Energy department at Interface.
Kristin Thorshaug graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor in Social Sciences and in 2008 with a Master in Sociology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. After her studies she worked as a researcher at NTNU Social Research in Trondheim, Norway and as a research assistant at the Institute for the Management and Economics of Education at the University of Teacher Education Zug. She joined Interface in October 2015, where she holds a position as a research associate in the Migration and Equal Opportunity Department. Her work areas include evaluations and studies of asylum procedures and integration policies as well as of education and labour market access. An additional focus of her work is diversity management.
Nora Wright studied political science and economics at the University of Zurich. She also obtained the certificate of advanced studies (CAS) in health economics from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Nora Wright has worked as a research associate at Interface in the Health department since 2008. The focus of her work is on evaluations of healthcare and health promotion for the elderly as well as demographic change. Furthermore, Nora Wright works on evaluations of various national programs that are implemented by the cantons, such as the evaluation of the national program Via (a health promotion program for the elderly) and the evaluation of the cantonal tobacco prevention programs.