Adrian Förster has many years of experience in the NGO sector and was most recently CEO of TearFund Switzerland. Prior to this engagement, he worked for ten years as project manager for various development projects of SAM global in Guinea and then served for four years as Deputy Managing Director and Country Manager Cameroon & Chad of SAM global in Switzerland. Förster holds a Master’s degree in law and a Bachelor’s degree in theology and international studies and will take up his position with Save the Children Switzerland as of September 1st.
Director Finances & Controlling
Save the Children is committed to a world in which every child survives, learns and is protected. My own children show me again and again how important it is to grant children these rights and to respect them. Since 2007, I have been working as Director of Finance & Administration at Save the Children, where I try to contribute to the fulfilment of Save the Children's vision - to immediately and permanently improve the lives of children worldwide. Before I started working at Save the Children, I was employed as Head of Finance at the integrated psychiatric clinic in Winterthur.
Every child has the inalienable right to grow up and develop in a peaceful environment free from discrimination, persecution and exploitation. Unfortunately, millions of children experience a very different reality: a reality in which children's rights are not respected. With several years of experience in the consumer goods industry, I look after our valuable partners at Save the Children. They enable our dedicated, courageous and tireless efforts to help the world's most disadvantaged children, so that every single child can grow up in a healthy and protected environment.
The more I saw of the world as a young, curious person, the more I felt the need to do something about the omnipresent inequality and injustice. In my position, I am responsible for translating the valuable funds provided by the government, our partners and private individuals into programs that not only provide immediate relief for children, but also have a lasting positive impact on their lives. My team of experts in the fields of education, health and nutrition, child protection, disaster prevention and humanitarian aid and I take this responsibility very seriously. My work is based on my experience in global humanitarian and development work since the early 1990s and on my MSc in International Relations with a focus on human rights.