Nicola Forster is the founder of foraus and was president of the think tank from 2009 to 2019. He is also co-founder of the staatslabor, Operation Libero, Global Shapers Bern (World Economic Forum), Global Diplomacy Lab (German Foreign Office), president of the Science et Cité Foundation and member of the Swiss Commission for UNESCO. As a social entrepreneur and partner at crstl GmbH, he has in recent years initiated and moderated innovation and participation processes in various foreign ministries, foundations and international organizations. For his commitment, he was awarded as Ashoka Fellow, among others. Nicola is also Co-President of the Green Liberal Canton of Zurich ( He is a trained lawyer with a licentiate in law (universities of Zurich, Montpellier and Lausanne).