Governing bodies

The University Board and the University Executive Board are the strategic and operative governing bodies at Bern University of Applied Sciences.

University Board

As the strategic governing body of Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH, the University Board is responsible to the Canton for the University’s positioning and profile. Based on the performance mandate from the cantonal government, it decides on the strategy and budget of BFH. The University Board monitors the application of the performance mandate and is responsible for budgetary compliance.

The University Board comprises seven members elected by the cantonal government (who are not part of BFH), the President, and one representative each from the teaching staff and the student body. In addition, the University Executive Board and the Education Department of Canton Bern each have an advisory representative on the committee.


Markus Ruprecht**

COO Güdel Group AG, Langenthal


Stefan Gelzer**

Director of School of Design Bern and Biel


Prof. Dr. Sebastian Wörwag**

President of Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH, Bern

Monika Eichelberger-Gerber**

Head of Alterszentrum Baumgarten, Bettlach

Dr. Regula Gloor

Executive Board Member of the Gebr. Gloor AG, Burgdorf

Werner Luginbühl


President ELCom / Former council of States Canton Berne

Donald Vogt

Director/Executive Board Member of Marti Gesamtleistungen AG

Hans-Martin Wahlen


Teaching staff representative

Prof. Dr. Anne Krauter Kellein

Lecturer, Bern University of the Arts HKB

Student representative

Fiona Weiracuh

Representative VSBFH

University Executive Board

Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kissling-Näf*

Director, Business

Canton Berne Education Department*

Astrid Furtwaengler

Director, Universities of Applied Sciences Section

​Representative of the Mid-Level Academic Staff, Administration and Services*

Dominik Füglistaller

Representative VMAD


Yves Abelin

Head of Legal Services, President's Office, Bern

* advisory representative
** Members of the committee of the University Board (additional member in advisory capacity: Felix Mäder, ​​Deputy President, Administrative Director, Services)

University Executive Board

The University Executive Board (UEB) is responsible for the operational business of Bern University of Applied Sciences and prepares decisions at a strategic level for the University Board. The members of the UEB are the President, the Administrative Director, and, in an advisory role, the Head of Communication and the General Secretary.


Prof. Dr. Sebastian Wörwag President



Prof. Dr. Urs Brügger

Director, Health Professions, Office Equal opportunities*

Prof. Dr. Corina Caduff

Vice-President Research

Prof. Stephan Wüthrich               

representation Director, Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering

Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kissling-Näf

Director, Business, Office Sustainable Development*

Dr. Urs Mäder

President, Swiss College of Sports Magglingen, Office Sport*

Prof. Dr. Lukas Rohr

Director,  Engineering and Information Technology, Office Internationalisation*

Prof. Dr. Anna Maria Riedi

Director, Social Work, Sector Quality Development*

Prof. Dr. Ute Seeling

Director, School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences, Zollikofen

Prof. Wiebke Twisselmann

Vice-President Teaching

Felix Mäder

Deputy President, Administrative Director, Services

Isabelle Delaloye Hösli **

General Secretary, President's Office, Office Bilingualism and Multilingualism a.i.

Franziska Liniger **

Co-Head of Communication, President's Office

*      Offices are allocated within the University Executive Board; each member is responsible for a section.
**    Advisory members without voting rights