CAUX-IofC, Council, 2016
IofC Switzerland



Christine Beerli (President)*| Switzerland

Christine Beerli was appointed as the new President of the Council of the Foundation in November 2018. She was the Vice-President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). A member of a law firm in Biel, Ms Beerli began her political career on that city's municipal council, where she served from 1980 to 1983. From 1986 to 1991 she was a member of the legislative assembly of the Canton of Bern. In 1991 she was elected to the upper house of the Swiss parliament, where she remained until 2003, chairing the foreign affairs committee (1998-1999) and the committee for social security and health (2000-2001). Ms Beerli chaired the caucus of the Free Democratic Party in Switzerland's federal assembly from 1996 to 2003. She also served on committees dealing with security policy and economic and legal affairs. She retired from politics in 2003. From 2006-2017 she headed Swissmedic, the Swiss supervisory authority for therapeutic products. She is former director of the School of Engineering and Information Technology at Bern University of Applied Sciences.

In January 2008, Ms Beerli was appointed permanent Vice-President of the ICRC. As such she was a member of the ICRC Assembly – the institution's supreme governing body – as well as the Assembly Council and the Presidency, where she worked closely with the President and deputized for him whenever necessary.


Elisabeth Tooms (Vice President*)| Slinfold / United Kingdom

Elisabeth Tooms studied Law at Oxford University and at the same time participated in theatre projects as director, wardrobe mistress and stage manager.  She married in 1985 to Tim Firth, who died of cancer in 2014. She became involved with IofC/MRA at university and after graduating she worked with the organisation on a full time basis, directing musical shows and touring around the world. A career change resulted in working for 19 years in the City of London for Allen & Overy, a global law firm, as the Head of the Library and Information Service.  She took early retirement in 2004 and returned to theatre work, taking commissions as director, stage manager and lighting designer.  In particular, stage manager for Intermission Theatre in London helping to develop the Shakespeare inspired youth theatre project.  Became a trustee of the Oxford Group (IofC UK) from 2005-2009, taking the chair in 2007.  In 1997 founder member of Renewal Arts and involved in creating a series of arts conferences in Caux. She joined the Council of the CAUX-IofC Fondation in 2014.


Andrew Lancaster*| Melbourne /Australia

Since 1965 Andrew Lancaster has worked with IofC in Australia, New Zealand, India, North America and Britain. For most of the last 40 years his wife Margaret (who is English) and he have lived in Canberra.  They have three sons and five grandchildren. 

He is currently Chair of the Council of Management of IofC Australia.  Prior to that he served on IofC’s International Council for six years. He has been a member of the Council of CAUX-IofC since 2005.




Hans-Rudolf Pfeifer| Affoltern am Albis / Switzerland


Hans-Rudolf Pfeifer is a medical doctor and a specialist in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. He is running his own private practice for psychiatry and psychotherapy in Zurich. Pfeifer is married and father of two daughters. He has been a member of the council since 2010.






Charlotte (Lotty) Wolvekamp| The Hague / Netherlands

Charlotte Wolvekamp is from The Netherlands. She had been a fulltime worker with IofC/MRA since 1971 and since then has been working in the Netherlands and in other countries such as Canada, Argentina, Switzerland and Thailand. She has been a member of the council since 2010.






Karin Oszuszky| Vienna / Austria


Karin Oszuszky is Advisor in the Private Sector and Trade Finance Department at the development finance Institution OFID. She is based in Vienna, Austria. She has been in commercial banking since 1985 in various assignments for large international banks in Vienna, Amsterdam, Geneva and Zurich. From 1998 to 2002 she was director at the Structured Commodity Finance Department at ING Bank in Amsterdam. From 2002 to 2005 she headed the corporate clients department of ING Geneva and was head of the corporate office of ING in Zurich.



Sophia Procofieff| Geneva/ Switzerland

Sophia Procofieff is specialized in the issues of protection of vulnerable people and victims of conflict, be it child soldiers, detainees, or families of missing people. She worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for fifteen years on these issues in the Caucasus, the Balkans and in Africa. From 2009 to 2012 she was advisor to the executive level of the ICRC on gender and diversity issues, as well as for the social sustainable development department. She was then based in Geneva, Switzerland, where she became consultant for big projects in Africa: in the mining sector, reinstatement of security in war-torn regions, development of private-public partnerships and of value-chains in agriculture. A trained philologist with a ten-year experience as a Russian-French-English interpreter, Sophia understands the importance of dialogue when different cultures work together. She joined the council in 2016.


Antoine Jaulmes | Paris /France

Antoine Jaulmes is a graduate of the Paris School of Mines and has since worked with PSA Peugeot Citroën where he is now the Director of the Light Commercial Vehicles R&D Platform. Impressed since his younger years both by the tragedy of third world’s poverty and by the shrinking availability of natural resources, he is a fervent supporter of every initiative which may advance the emergence of an urgently needed more just world order. His long-held conviction is that IofC’s specific approach will contribute towards this aim in several ways.




François Barras | Switzerland

Ambassador François Barras is originally from Valais in Switzerland. Following a degree in law at the University of Geneva, a Masters in Anthropology from the University of Virigina, USA and a Doctorate in Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, he began his career with UNDP and World Bank missions. He went on to a career as a diplomat which took him successively to Tel Aviv, Washington, Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Lebanon, New York, Beirut and Bern.

He retired in June 2017 and that same year joined the Council for Initiatives of Change Switzerland. He is also President of the Institute of Arab and Mediterranean Cultures (ICAM) in Geneva and President of the association Swiss Made Culture in Crans-Montana.


Honorary Member

David Forbes-Jaeger, Lonay / VD

(*) Member of the Executive Committee