Executive Board

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The SwiNG Executive Board (EB) is responsible for the day-to-day operations of SwiNG, and supervises the implementation of the scientific and technical program carried out by Working Groups. The EB also sets up and coordinates new Working Groups when appropriate. In addition to theis the EB represents the interests of SwiNG towards national and international bodies.

Current members of the SwiNG Executive Board


Dean Flanders, FMI - SwiNG president
Dean is Head of IT at Friedrich Miescher Institute. He has an education in chemistry and biochemistry, and IT experience in industrial as well as academic environments. His role is responsible for defining and implementing    the IT strategy for 360 scientists by supporting the IT needs of research groups and technology platforms such as DNA sequencing, proteomics, imaging, bioinformatics, and animal facility. This includes running the IT infrastructure for supporting desktops, laptops, and instrument computers, with a mixture of Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems.  As well as a storage environment, a campus network interconnected with partner networks, and over 100 servers. He also helped co-found the Basel Computational Biology Center (BC2) as a high performance computing environment to enable access to computational resources.


Sigve Haug, University of Bern - Chair person of the Executive Board
Sigve is the executive board chair of the Swiss National Grid Association, its representative in the NorduGrid collaboration board, and as a member of the computing board of the Swiss Institute for Particle Physics (CHIPP). He is the post doc (Assistierende) representative in the Faculty. Since 2006 he has held the position of post doc (Oberassistant) at the University of Bern. His research is mainly performed within the ATLAS collaborationand the University’s novel detector activities and distributed and high performance computing. Sigve received his PhD in 2004 at the University of Oslo in Norway. 


Sergio Maffioletti, EnhanceR project director, University of Zurich
Sergio Maffioletti is the EnhanceR project director. He works as Infrastructure and Application specialist at S3IT: Service and Support for Science IT unit at the University of Zurich. He has more than 10 years of experience in providing specialized IT support and solutions for the swiss academic community.


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Former Members:

Nabil Abdennadher, HES-SO, Ecole d'Ingénieurs Geneva


Nabil has been professor at University of applied sciences, western  Switzerland (HES-SO), Geneva site since 2001. His major research interests include grid, volunteer and cloud computing and he is currently leading several projects funded by HES-SO, the Swiss confederation and the European community. Nabil is also head of the inIT research institute at HES-SO and member of the Executive Board of the Swiss national Grid association (www.swing-grid.ch). He is member of the steering committee of Grid and Pervasive Computing (GPC) conference. Nabil has a degree in Engineering degree from ENSI (Tunisia), and a PhD degree from the University of Valenciennes (France).

Pierre Kuonen, HES-SO, Ecole d'Ingénieurs Fribourg


Pierre Kuonen is full professor at University of Applied Sciences, Valais (HEVs) and professor at University of Applied Sciences of Fribourg (EIA-FR). Since March 2003 he has also been full time professor at University of Applied Sciences of Fribourg where he is heading the GRID and Cloud Computing Group. He teaches Software Engineering (UML) and parallel and distributing programming and has been involved in several national and internationals research projects including the CoreGRID Network of Excellence. 

 Peter Kunszt, ETH Zürich - CSCS

Peter Kunszt has a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Bern. He has been an associate research scientist at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, building the science archive of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, one of the first large-scale scientific databases. He has been staff member and section leader at the IT department of CERN, developing the services used also today to manage and transfer the LHC data products on the LHC Data Grid. He was also responsible to build the Swiss node of the LHC Computing Grid at the Swiss Supercomputing Centre CSCS in Manno. In 2009 he was appointed head of the SyBIT project to help address the data management issues of the SystemsX.ch research projects.

Heinz Stockinger, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics


Heinz is Senior scientist and project manager at the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics High Performance Computing Group (Vital-IT). He has Heinz worked on Distributed computing projects in Europe (European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN) and in the U.S. (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, SLAC) and holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Business Administration from the University of Vienna, Austria.


Wibke Sudholt, University of Zurich

Wibke Sudholt is Co-founder and CTO of CloudBroker GmbH. Previous to this she was a member of the EuroCloud Swiss executive board  and chair of the SwiNG Executive board.


Christoph Witzig, SWITCH
Cristoph is head of Central ICT Providers, which is responsible for all services of SWITCH towards IT services departments and e-Learning centers in the Swiss higher education sector. Prior to this he was the team leader of the middleware group at SWITCH, the national research and education network of Switzerland. Christoph holds a degree in high energy physics from ETH Zurich, obtained his PhD while working at CERN and worked for several years at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY. He held various positions in the commercial sector before joining SWITCH in spring 2005.