OUR VISION

We believe in a world that provides safe and sustainably-produced food for all.

About Us

We believe in a world that provides safe and sustainably-produced food for all.

Background

how it began..

SAFOSO is a consultancy and capacity-building company founded in 2003 by the former director of the Swiss veterinary authority, Ulrich Kihm. The privately held company is based in Bern, Switzerland.

Our very first assignments involved helping countries build capacity and learn from our experiences with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) and its control. Later, our portfolio expanded to tackle many other human- and animal-health hazards, always concentrating on risk assessment, risk management, risk communication, surveillance and compliance with (international) trade standards. In more recent years, we have also added services in the fields of evaluation — of output, impact & outcome of projects — and animal welfare to our portfolio.

Today, just as back in the days of BSE, our expertise is most effective when we can transfer it to clients in a sustainable way, so they can continue the work independently.

SAFOSO in numbers

AND COUNTING....
  • 174 projects completed
  • 64 publications
  • 47 countries we conducted projects in
  • 9 employees
  • 6 continents where we served clients
  • 6 languages spoken by the team

Our Team

Patrik Buholzer
Patrik Buholzer
Co-CEO / Member of the Board
Marco De Nardi
Marco De Nardi
Senior Consultant / Science Manager
Consultant
Susanne Küker
Consultant
Isabel Lechner
Isabel Lechner
Consultant
Manon Schuppers
Manon Schuppers
Co-CEO / Member of the Board
Carla Stoffel
Carla Stoffel
Consultant
Amanda Tang
Amanda Tang
Assistant

Our Board

Patrik Buholzer
Patrik Buholzer
Member of the Board / Co-CEO
Ulrich Kihm
Ulrich Kihm
President of the Board
Alex Raeber
Member of the Board
Manon Schuppers
Manon Schuppers
Member of the Board / Co-CEO
Ernst Zollinger
Ernst Zollinger
Member of the Board

Our expert associates

Nobody knows everything.

To maximize the range of expertise that we can cover for our clients’ benefit, we work with associates who complement our skills. Our hand-selected associates are not employed by SAFOSO, but represent our first choice when it comes to outsourcing specialist tasks.

Sava Buncic
Sava Buncic

Sava is a food safety specialist with expertise in biological food-safety risk assessment and related management systems. His main activities are in evidence-based approaches to food safety and meat inspection.

Annette Nigsch
Annette Nigsch

Annette is a veterinary public health specialist with Austrian roots. Her field of expertise covers a wide range of key disciplines of veterinary public health, such as epidemiology, statistics, risk assessment and communication.

Thomas Janssens
Thomas Janssens

Thomas Janssens is an expert in the field of Aquaculture. He has been active in the aquaculture sector since 2002. After working for a nutrition research center in Italy, he has managed large fish hatcheries and on-growing farms producing Cod in Scotland, Sole in Spain and Perch in Switzerland.

Preben Willeberg
Preben Willeberg

Preben is a private Veterinary Epidemiology Consultant for international governments and institutions.

Our corporate associates

No company can offer all services.

To maximize the range of services that we can cover for our clients' benefit, we have developed a network of trusted partners. They represent our first choice when it comes to identifying project partners.

Ausvet Europe
Ausvet Europe

Ausvet Europe is a wholly owned French-registered subsidiary of the Ausvet Group. Ausvet provides global consulting services in epidemiology, disease surveillance, health information systems, biosecurity, risk assessment, research and data analysis and project management.

IQC
IQC

IQC is a Sino-German management consulting company providing professional consulting services on food safety, quality management and sustainability to all stakeholders along the food supply chain.

Presight
Presight

Presight is a Europe’s longest-established innovation and new product development agency, managed by Gordon Douglas.

Royal Veterinary College London
Royal Veterinary College London

The Royal Veterinary College is the largest and longest-established vet school in the English-speaking world and is a college of the University of London.

Veterinary Public Health Institute
Veterinary Public Health Institute

The Veterinary Public Health Institute (VPHI) is an institute of the VetSuisse Faculty, University of Bern, Switzerland.

prospex
prospex

Brussels-based Prospex is specialised in stakeholder engagement, strategy & foresight, and negotiations & conflict management.

Careers

Thank you for your interest in working for SAFOSO.

We are currently looking for a new colleague to join our small, dedicated team in the role of

Junior Consultant or Consultant (70-100%)

Expected start date for this position is September 2022 or upon agreement. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

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