Core team

André Golliez

President of the Board

Born 1955 in Zurich (switzerland), education as computer scientist at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich (1981 - 1986). Software engineer and IT project manager for large Swiss based companies (1979 - 1992). Head IT domestic corporate banking for a large Swiss bank (1992 - 1997). IT consultant for financial institutions and public administrations, Co-Founder and managing partner of itopia ag (since 1998). President of Swiss Informatics Society (2004 - 2009). Co-Founder and Chairman of, Swiss chapter of Open Knowledge (sind 2012).

Barnaby Skinner


Studying History in Basel from 1994 to 2000, Barnaby focused on the Industrial Revolution in the 19th Century and its various social and economic impacts. Working as a journalist since, he has shifted his attention to the Digital Revolution. He thinks and writes in both German and English and is the technology editor of the Swiss weekly SonntagsZeitung in Zurich.




Hannes Gassert

Local coordinator

Hannes Gassert is an entrepreneur, activist, developer, author and curator at the intersection of media, technology and culture. As a co-founder of, the Open Knowledge Swiss Chapter, and of the web technology agency Liip, the Swiss CKAN partner, he has continuously been at the forefront of the Swiss Open Knowledge movement for over ten years. After a short stint in media arts with etoy, Hannes is now building the social dating game Skim in Zürich, curating at Lift Conference in Geneva and continues to build communities and put transparency, innovation and participation on the political agenda in Switzerland. Hannes represents the Open Knowledge Swiss Chapter on the Advisory Council.

Matthias Stuermer

Member of the Board

Matthias Stürmer is head of the Research Center for Digital Sustainability at the Institute of Information Systems at University of Bern. As a post-doc he is teaching, researching and consulting on open source, open data, open government and net politics. Until 2013 he worked as Manager at EY (Ernst & Young) doing IT advisory for national and global corporations. Also he was project leader at Liip AG, a Swiss software company creating agile Internet solutions based on open source technologies. In 2009 Matthias finished his doctoral dissertation at the Chair of Strategic Management and Innovation at ETH Zürich focussing on open source communities and firm involvement. He studied business administration and computer science at University of Bern until 2005 (lic.rer.pol) and wrote his master thesis about Open Source Community Building. During his studies, Matthias founded two Internet start-ups and was involved in various open source initiatives.

Matthias Stürmer is member of the board of Swiss Open System User Group /ch/open since 2006, co-founder and member of the board of, secretary of the Swiss Parliamentarian Group for Digital Sustainability, and leader of the OSB Alliance Working Group Office Interoperability. Since 2011 he is member of the city parliament of Bern.




Oleg Lavrovsky

Local coordinator

Oleg Lavrovsky is a software engineer specialized in information management, and an activist dedicated to sharing knowledge for a better world through the art and science of data, a healthy dose of common sense, and community. One of the initiators of the Swiss open data movement, he is active in the Open Knowledge network, runs events around the country, blogs sporadically, contributes open source regularly, and remains highly allergic to prejudice while dedicated to the goals of openness on- and off-line. He's a Russian-Canadian expat & a family guy.




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