Ernst A. Brugger, Prof. Dr., born in 1947, is Founder and President of the Board of Directors of BHP – Brugger and Partner SA which specializes in sustainability strategies in the private and public sector as well as for NGO’s.
He began his professional career as head of the National Research Program „ Regional problems in Switzerland“ on behalf of the Swiss National Science Foundation.
For the last 25 years, he worked as a strategic advisor for various companies and institutions in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia.
From 1986 to 1996, he was the managing Director and Delegate of the Board of „Fundes“, a private foundation founded by Dr. Stefan Schmidheiny to support SME’s in Latin America. Furthermore he was the long-standing chairman of Precious Woods Holding and SV Group. Additionally he is an honorary member of the Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Today he is the president of the Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cacao , of the “tourism council Graubünden”, co-founder and vice chairman of BlueOrchard, a leading microfinance and impact investment firm, as well as board member of other companies. Also he is the founding chairman of PRECIOUS FORESTS FOUNDATION, which is focusing on research and innovation for protecting natural tropical forests.
Privately, he is strongly committed to the family-run company "Finca La Amistad" in Costa Rica – a farm specialized in the sustainable cultivation of cocoa.