It is not possible to present the Fondation pour Genève without talking about the city of Geneva.
Geneva is a city with a special chemistry and an exceptional destiny. How has this come about?
Part of the answer must certainly lie in the traditions of hospitality and interaction that have made the city heir to the thought and actions of those who, from generation to generation, have left their mark on its history and have given it the worldwide reputation that is so much envied.
Geneva is a metropolis with an international vocation. All the countries of the world are represented here, the largest international organisations and numerous multinational companies have their headquarters in Geneva, and renowned researchers, international experts and leaders regularly meet here. It is a meeting place for ideas, where people of all nationalities rub shoulders.
Given this context it is not surprising the members of the Fondation pour Genève share a common purpose: to strengthen Geneva’s international position and make the most of its assets.
Who are these men and women of good will who are working tirelessly to promote Geneva’s influence? They are from Geneva and they are proud to welcome this astounding wealth of international expertise to their city. Their only legitimacy is the belief that it is their duty and responsibility to contribute, alongside the authorities and other relevant bodies, to the maintenance of the traditions and values which have always constituted “l’esprit de Genève“.
The Fondation’s leaders have shown the way. In nearly 40 years of existence, each president who has taken up the torch has brought a new impetus. Since 1998, Ivan Pictet has given considerable new energy to the Fondation pour Genève.