Governance and funding

The Foundation Board is responsible for guiding the overall strategy of the Basel Institute.

The Board supervises and monitors the activities of the managing board, advises the managing board on all organisational matters and takes fundamental decisions concerning the Basel Institute's operations and strategies. 

Current Members of the Board are:

Mark Pieth

President of the Board

Marco Balmelli

Member of the Board

Thomas Christ

Member of the Board

Till Förster

Member of the Board

Anne Peters

Vice-President of the Board

Domenico Scala

Member of the Board

Christoph Tschumi

Member of the Board

Code of Ethics

The Basel Institute's Code of Ethics (also available in Spanish) guides our staff and representatives in their day-to-day work, interaction and decision-making. It sets out the core values and principles for the conduct and behaviour of staff and representatives.

All suppliers and consultants to the Basel Institute must adhere to our Code of Ethics when operating for, with or on behalf of the Basel Institute.


The Basel Institute on Governance is a Swiss not-for-profit foundation ("Stiftung") with an annual budget of approximately CHF 10.5 million.

We receive core funding from bilateral governmental (development aid) agencies including: 

These core contributions support the operations of our International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR). In addition, the Principality of Liechtenstein provides core funding to the Basel Institute's Green Corruption programme. 

Several dedicated country programmes received additional earmarked support from our core donors' country offices. Such programmes are currently in place in Malawi, Mozambique, Ukraine, Tanzania and Peru. The latter is funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs. ICAR also benefits from multiple long-term project-specific grants, including from the US State Department and GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit).

The Siemens Integrity Initiative has funded a significant part of our Collective Action work since 2010, including the development of the B20 Collective Action Hub resource centre.

Other direct income comes from a variety of corporate foundations and initiatives, development agencies and research grant facilities. 

If any surplus is generated from advisory services, the Basel Institute reinvests this to fund research and technical assistance programmes in developing countries.

Audited financial accounts

The Basel Institute’s annual financial accounts are prepared according to Swiss law, GAAP FER principles and the Basel Institute’s bylaws. They are audited independently each year by BDO.