Leadership changes

In July 2016, Globethics.net went through key leadership changes

  • Dr h.c. Walter Fust stepped down as the President of the Globethics.net Board
  • Prof. Dr Dr h.c. Christoph Stückelberger, Founder of Globethics.net, stepped down as the Executive Director and became the new Board President
  • Prof. Dr Obiora Ike is now the new Globethics.net Executive Director

Handover ceremony

The official handover ceremony was held on Thursday 23 June 2016 during the Global Ethics Forum 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • Speech of Prof. Dr Dr h.c. Christoph Stückelberger, Founder of Globethics.net and Board President (PDF - 45 KB)
  • Speech of Prof. Dr Obiora Ike, Globethics.net Executive Director (PDF - 23KB)

Globethics.net current and former staff, regional programmes, partners, collaborators,  journalists and relatives attended the ceremony.

Leaders biographies

Dr h.c. Walter Fust

Globethics.net Board President until July 2016

HE Mr. Walter Fust, President of the Board (Switzerland)

Dr h.c. Ambassador Walter Fust studied public administration at the University of St Gallen and had a diplomatic career serving at the Swiss Embassies in Baghdad and Tokyo. He was Managing Director of the Swiss Trade Promotion Office (OSEC) and Secretary General of the Ministry of Interior. He headed the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) for 15 years. He holds mandates with the UN namely with the Broadband Commission ITU/UNESCO and the Committee of Experts on Public Management (CEPA).
He furthermore serves on the Board of a number of international institutions such as the Global Crop Diversity Trust, the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa and the Library of Alexandria as well as on foundation boards including the African Innovation Foundation, Globethics.net and national foundations.

"It has been my pleasure to serve Globethics.net as President of the Board of Foundation, to work alongside Christoph Stückelberger. I am sure that I speak on behalf of the other members of the Board in wishing him well in this new stage in his life as President and in his retirement, which promises to be an active one. I also extend a warm welcome to Obiora Ike, who generously accepted the invitation to step in as successor to Christoph as Executive Director. We have great hopes for him and for the future of Globethics.net".

Prof. Dr Dr h.c. Christoph Stückelberger

New Globethics.net Board President from July 2016
Globethics.net Executive Director until July 2016
Prof. Dr. Christoph Stückelberger, Globethics.net Executive Director & Founder
Prof. Dr Dr h.c. Christoph Stückelberger is the Founder and Executive Director of Globethics.net as well as part-time Professor of Ethics at the Theological Faculty of the University of Basel, Switzerland. In 2015 Dr Stückelberger was appointed as a part time Professor of Ethics at the famous technical university MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) in Moscow, Russia. He serves as a member of the Board of the new Center for the Study of Religions and Business Ethics at Renmin University in Beijing and was appointed as Extraordinary Professor of Ethics at the Godfrey Okoye University in Enugu, Nigeria.
In the past he was Director of the Institute for Theology and Ethics of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches, Director of the development organisation Bread for all, Founder/President of Transparency International Switzerland, member of the bioethics Committee of the Swiss Government. He is author of many books, published in seven languages.
"I would like to thank Walter Fust, for his friendship, support, wisdom and guidance before he became President of Globethics.net as well as during his chairmanship. It will be difficult to follow in his footsteps as President, but his legacy makes the way easier for me. I welcome Obiora as the new Executive Director, a shining light for Nigeria, for Africa and for the world. I trust fully that he will take Globethics.net's mission forward in a good way."

Prof. Dr Obiora Ike 

New Globethics.net Executive Director from July 2016
Obiora Ike
Reverend Monsignor Prof. Dr Obiora Ike is a human rights activist, development practitioner, public speaker, author, teacher, pastor and bridge builder across continents. Dr Ike studied in Nigeria, Austria, Germany, France and UK, and holds degrees in philosophy, theology, economics, journalism and political science.
He gained his doctorate in Bonn, Germany, with a specialisation in Christian Social Principles in 1986. Dr Ike has held several posts in church, society and state. He founded a number of development organisations in Nigeria, including the Catholic Institute for Development Justice Peace and Caritas (CIDJAP) and the Umuchinemere Procredit Microfinance Bank and has served as the chairperson of 27 organisations. He has also held several academic posts, most recently as Professor of Ethics and Intercultural Studies, Godfrey Okoye University, Nigeria and chairs the Government of Enugu State Economic Advisory Committee since 2015. 
"I thank Christoph and I thank the Board, the team in Geneva and around the world, our supporters and participants for their trust in me as I take up my new post. I am ready to put my long experience, knowledge as an ethicist and dedication at the service of the mission and vision of Globethics.net. Together we can make Globethics.net even greater".

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