SFUVET Executive Committee

The SFUVET Executive Committee is comprised of the SFUVET Director General and five national division heads (one seat currently open). The SFUVET Executive Committee sets objectives in accordance with the strategy devised by the SFUVET Board. It also decides how SFUVET's basic training, continuing training and R&D activities are organised.

The SFUVET Director General reports to the SFUVET Board and is responsible for managing operations and representing SFUVET in external relations.

(FLTR) Dr. Laura Perret Ducommun, Head of Basic Training Division; Jean-Pierre Perdrizat, Deputy Director/Regional Head of SFUVET Lausanne/Head of CDO/Head of Continuing Training Division a.i.; Dr. Barbara Fontanellaz, Director General; Pierre-André Schenkel, Head of Services; Prof. Dr. Carmen Baumeler, Head of Research & Development
EHB/Ben Zurbriggen
Dr. Barbara Fontanellaz – Director General
since 2020Director General of the Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training SFUVET
2014-2020Head of the Department of Social Work and Vice Rector of the University of Applied Sciences of St. Gallen (FHSG) 
2008-2014Member of the Executive Committee of the ZHAW School of Social Work, Department Head and Director of Studies for the Bachelor’s degree programme in Social Work
2001-2008Teaching/Research Assistant at the Institute of Education, University of Zurich
1996-2004Social Educator and Group Leader at the Rötel Centre (social education for children and families)
1989-1996Application Programmer at Credit Suisse in Zurich and Lausanne | PhD in Social Education, Social Psychology and Philosophy
Jean-Pierre Perdrizat – Deputy Director, Regional Head of SFUVET Lausanne, Head of Centre for the Development of Occupations (CdO), Head of Continuing Training Division a.i.
2005–2010Chairman of professional organisation AgriAliForm (which covers agriculture and related occupations)
2002–2010Secretary for various VET/PET-related committees and conferences
1994–2002Project manager for Prométerre Association
1993Master's degree with distinction in economics, University of Lausanne, Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC)
Dr. Laura Perret Ducommun – National Head of Basic Training Division

Since 2020

National Head of Basic Training Division – Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training SFUVET


Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)


First Deputy Secretary and Political Secretary – National education and youth policies, Swiss Trade Union Federation (SGB)

2017Supervisor-Coach, Advanced Federal Diploma of Higher Education


Head of Professional Education Section, State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI)


Head of Higher Education Personnel and Funding Unit, Swiss Federal Statistical Office (FSO)


Master of Public Administration (MPA)


Deputy General Secretary, Swiss University Conference for the French-Speaking Region of Switzerland (CUSO)


Head of IT project, Office of Education Statistics and Information Technology (OSIS), Canton of Neuchatel


PhD in Computer Science

Prof. Dr. Carmen Baumeler – National Head of SFUVET's R&D Division
2004–2009Private lecturer, University of Lucerne, Department of Sociology
2007–2009Project advisor for research methods, Swiss Federal Surveys of Adolescents (ch-x), Zug University of Teacher Education
2004–2007Research assistant, University of Zurich, Institute of Sociology
2001–2004Research assistant, Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ), Institute of Technology History
2000–2001Deputy Head of Personal Reporting Division, Credit Suisse | PhD in sociology
Pierre-André Schenkel - National Head of Services Division
Since August 2021National Head of Services Division
Head of Administration and Controlling at Bern University of Applied Sciences, Department of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering
Commercial representative/general agent with Basler Versicherung and AXA
Product/project manager and deputy head of branch for a bank