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News Release: New President and New Executive Director of


Geneva, 18 August 2015

Christoph Stückelberger will succeed Walter Fust as President of the Board of Foundation of the Swiss-based global ethics network as of 1 July 2016. Obiora Ike from Nigeria will succeed Christoph Stückelberger as Executive Director of on the same date. with its Head Office in Geneva, nine regional offices, 43 national contacts, 142,000 registered participants in 200 countries and territories and the global leading online library on ethics and ethics related areas with 2 million documents available for free, is renewing its leadership.

Swiss Ambassador Dr. h.c. Walter Fust, internationally known as a champion of public development cooperation and former Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and a global development innovator, served for eight years (the maximum term) as President of He is a strong supporter of the growth of the foundation. His successor as President of the International Board as of 1 July 2016 will be Prof. Dr Christoph Stückelberger, Executive Director of since 2008. He founded the Foundation in 2004 and is also Professor of Ethics at the University of Basel, Switzerland.

As of 1 July 2016, Obiora Ike, Professor of Ethics and Intercultural Studies at the Godfrey Okoye University in Enugu in Nigeria will succeed Christoph Stückelberger as Executive Director of who will reach his official retirement age in June 2016. Dr Ike has studied philosophy, theology, economics, journalism and political science in Nigeria, Austria, Germany, France, United Kingdom and Croatia. He founded and was director of one of the first ethics institutes in Africa; he was a guest professor at the Goethe University in Frankfurt; he founded and is still President of a micro-finance bank in Nigeria and of various development programmes. Dr Ike was born in the Muslim city of Gusau in North Nigeria, is a Roman Catholic priest and at the same time very involved in interreligious dialogue. He is experienced in cooperating with non-religious institutions and persons and he has a broad global network on all levels (e.g. as a member of the Club of Rome) and continents. He has published many books and has excellent language skills (Nigerian languages, English, German, French, some Arabic) and broad management experience.

Obiora Ike has been involved with since 2007 as a conference participant, author of articles in publications, West Africa Coordinator of the Survey of Business Ethics and as the National Contact Nigeria.

For further information: Prof. Dr Christoph Stückelberger, +41 79 419 68 12.