The University Council is the supreme decision-making and supervisory organ of the University of Basel. It bears full responsibility for managing the university, for the realization of the performance mandate from the supporting cantons as well as budget compliance.
Members of the University Council
The University Council is comprised of eleven individuals who represent society and politics, education and science, economics and culture. The cantonal governments of Basel-Landschaft and Basel-Stadt each elect five members. One member is nominated by the Senate of the University and elected by both governments. The term of office for the University Council spans the duration of each performance mandate of the University and is currently from 2014 to 2017.
Dr. Ulrich Vischer, President
Dr. Ulrich Vischer, born in 1951, studied at the Faculty of Law at the University of Basel. His career path has included posts with the Basel Economic Federation (Basler Volkswirtschaftsbund), the Swiss Bank Corporation and the Basel Insurance Company (Basler Versicherungsgesellschaft). He has been a partner at the law offices of Vischer Anwälte und Notare in Basel and Zurich since 2005.
From 1980 to 1992, he was a member of the Basel-Stadt Cantonal Parliament over which he presided in 1989. From 1992 to 2005, he served as member of the governing council of the Canton of Basel-Stadt and head of the Department of Finance. He is president of the Executive Board of MCH Messe Schweiz Holding AG.
Vischer has been president of the University Council since September 2005.
Klaus Endress, Vice President
Klaus Endress, certified industrial engineer (Dipl. Wi.-Ing.), was born in 1948 in Zurich and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering and industrial engineering from the Technical University of Berlin.
From 1995 to 2013, he was CEO of Endress+Hauser, which he took over in 1995 from his father and founder of the company, Dr. Georg H. Endress. He previously worked at various companies in the U.S., including Endress+Hauser in Greenwood, Indiana. Since 1980, he has held managerial positions at Endress+Hauser in Maulburg and Frankfurt. In 1992, he was appointed to a position in Corporate Management at the Endress+Hauser (International) Holding headquarters in Reinach (BL), Switzerland.
Endress has been a member of the University Council since 2005.
Dr. Kathrin Amacker
Dr. Kathrin Amacker, born in 1962, studied pharmacy at the Faculty of Science at the University of Basel.
She is head of Communications & Public Affairs and is also a member of Corporate Management at SBB AG. In the past, she has held various managerial posts at Novartis and also worked for Group Communications at Swisscom, where she was also a member of Corporate Management.
She was also politically involved for many years, including serving as a member on the National Assembly of the Christian Democratic People’s Party (CVP). She has been president of Regio Basiliensis since May 2011.
Amacker has been a member of the University Council since 2014.
Daniela Dolci Reidemeister
Born in Sicily, Daniela Dolci Reidemeister studied early music with a major in historic keyboard instruments at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel and with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam.
She is a harpsichordist and leader of the Ensembles Musica Fiorita, which she founded in 1990. She plays in concerts, radio and TV in western and eastern Europe, Japan, South America and India and has made several recordings. She studies the rediscovery of Baroque composers, offers courses, gives lectures and is actively involved in the Association for the Promotion of the Work of Danilo Dolci. She is also committed to organizations that promote women’s causes and peace and has been honored for her work in these areas.
Dolci Reidemeister has been a member of the University Council since 2014.
Dr. Conradin Cramer
Dr. Conradin Cramer, LL.M., was born in 1979 and studied law at the University of Basel, the University of Freiburg in Germany and the University of California, Berkeley. From 2007 to 2017, he has been working as an attorney and civil law notary. From 2012, he has been a visiting lecturer for private law at the University of Basel.
He was a member of the Communal Parliament for the commune of Riehen and sat on the Cantonal Parliament of the Canton of Basel-Stadt for twelve years, serving as President from 2013–2014.
Since 2017, he has served as a member of the government of the Canton of Basel-Stadt and heads the Department of Education.
Conradin Cramer has been a member of the University Council since 2017.
Monica Gschwind, born in 1963, earned her federal certificate in accountancy after completion of her commercial diploma. In 1993, she founded her own accountancy company. She also worked as an auditing assistant at KMPG Fides Peat in Basel, which conducts audits for major companies.
Gschwind began her political career in 2000 as municipal councilor in Hölstein (Basel-Landschaft), and was elected municipal president in 2012. In 2010, she took a seat as member of the FDP group in the cantonal parliament of Basel-Stadt. During her time in parliament, she was a member of the personnel, auditing and finance committee in addition to holding a seat on the monitoring committee for financial control. She has also been a member of several boards, including the board of directors of the Sport- und Volksbad Gitterli (Liestal), the Waldenburgerbahn (Waldenburg) and the board of trustees of the Telebasel Foundation (Basel).
In February 2015, she was elected councilor of the canton of Basel-Landschaft and is director of Education, Culture and Athletics.
Monica Gschwind has been a member of the University Council since 2015.
Prof. Dr. Paul L. Herrling
Born in 1949 in Alexandria, Prof. Dr. Paul Herrling completed his schooling in Switzerland and studied at the University of Zurich and the Neuropsychiatric Institute at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).
He has been head of Corporate Research at Novartis since 2002, professor of biopharmacology and drug discovery science at the University of Basel and a full adjunct professor at the Harold Dorris Neurobiological Institute at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California.
Since 1975, he has held various medical and pharmacological research positions at Sandoz, Ciba-Geigy and Novartis. He oversees the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel and holds seats on the executive boards of numerous research institutes and foundations in Switzerland and abroad.
Herrling has been a member of the University Council since 2007.
Born in 1964 in Basel, Gabriella Karger holds an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) and has worked as a product manager at the Swiss Marketing and Advertising Institute (Schweizerisches Ausbildungszentrum für Marketing, Werbung und Kommunikation – SAWI).
Since 2008, she has been Managing Director of the publisher S. Karger AG in Basel, where she held several other positions in addition to working for Dreyfus bank and the Ami-Pierre Hauck interior design firm. From 2002 to 2007, she worked as a member of the programming directorship, as a communications and marketing project manager as well as program project manager for the Swiss radio station DRS 2.
Karger has been a member of the University Council since 2010.
Dr. Gottlieb A. Keller
Dr. Gottlieb A. Keller was born in 1954 and studied at the Faculty of Law at the University of Basel and at the universities in Hong Kong and Singapur.
He has been a member of the Corporate Executive Committee since 2003 and General Counsel of F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd since 2008. He began his career in the legal department of the Roche Group, where he then held various managerial positions for the Group in Germany and Switzerland.
He has various administrative mandates, including in the Business Association scienceindustries Switzerland, the Swiss Business Federation economiesuisse, Member of the Board (former President 2009 - 2011) of SwissHoldings (Federation of Industrial and Service Groups in Switzerland), the Germany-Switzerland Chamber of Commerce (Handelskammer Deutschland-Schweiz), various foundations, and from 2003 to 2008 a board membership at Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. Since mid of January 2017 he has been a member of the University of Bologna Law Review.
Gottlieb A. Keller has been a member of the University Council since 2014.
Dr. Dieter Scholer
Dr. Dieter Scholer studied medicine in Basel and Berlin.
He has worked as an independent consultant in the life sciences since 2003. Prior to this, he worked for several years as an experimental researcher at university institutes in Geneva and San Francisco before holding positions managing pharmaceutical research at Novartis and Ciba over the course of two decades. He was involved in creating research and development strategies for pharmaceutical companies and helped in founding the pharmaceutical start-up Speedel Ltd.
He is a member of numerous boards and committees at research and other institutions, including the Life Sciences Committee of the Handelskammer beider Basel and the Regional Consortium for Knowledge and Technology Transfer (WKNW).
Scholer is president of the Real Estate Committee (Fachkommission Immobilien) at the University of Basel and has been a member of the University Council since 2007.
Dr. Sibylle Schürch
Born in 1968, Dr. Sybille Schürch studied law in Zurich and Basel and completed extra studies in management and human resources.
She is the managing director of the Swiss online newspaper TagesWoche. Prior to this, she held various leadership posts including director of Psychiatric Services and a member of the Executive Board of Solothurner Spitäler AG, Human Resources Management at the University Hospital of Basel and member of the Board at Hirslanden Klinik Birshof. In addition, she has had leadership positions in non-profit organizations.
From 1997 to 2006, she was a member of the Basel-Stadt Cantonal Parliament and held various leadership positions in the Social Democratic Party (SP).
Schürch has been a member of the University Council since 2004.