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Leaders Circle

Rochester-Bern Alumni/-ae Organization

Rochester-Bern (RoBe) aims to encourage and support its alumni/-ae in lifelong learning and in building a powerful and enriching business network. After graduation, your educational RoBe journey continues with the exclusive Leaders Circle association, where alumni/-ae from diverse professional and geographic backgrounds come together.

Member Benefits


Members benefit from a half-day refresher workshop per year to address a relevant topic. It takes place at the University of Bern or in Thun and is followed by an aperitif and informal get-together.

Further Education
Leaders Circle members can attend one free EMBA course day of their choice per year. If this day is part of one of our five three-day course modules, members will be offered the remaining two course days at a reduced rate of CHF 1,200 (lunches, refreshments, and course materials included).

Based on their industry background and experience, members will be invited to attend peer knowledge & discussion sessions either in connection with a program or solely for alumni/-ae.


Leaders Circle members receive a 10% discount on the participation fees of various RoBe short seminars (e.g. one-day seminar on the role of a non-executive board chairperson).

Moderated Network

As of summer 2023, the Leaders Circle will have an online platform to facilitate even better networking an making it easier to find former fellow students and contact them directly. At the same time, the closed LinkedIn group will also be maintained.

Data Management

RoBe grants members access to to contact details (email, phone number, LinkedIn username) of other members and helps them organize class reunions.

Become a Member

The Leaders Circle is dedicated to RoBe graduates with a Simon School degree, namely former students of the Rochester-Bern Executive MBA or of the MS in Banking program (UBS).

The membership fee for 2023 is CHF 185, which covers the Leaders Circle’s expenses and the cost of most Leaders Circle events. For selected events (e.g. Sailing and BBQ), participants will be asked to contribute towards expenses.

If you would like to become a member, please write to:


Membership Terms & Conditions

Membership Terms & Conditions Leaders Circle (PDF)

Claudio Loderer and Petra Joerg about the VR-Circle and the Leaders Circle

A Word from Us

“Alumni represent the history and future of a business school. They know better than anyone what Rochester-Bern has accomplished in its 28 years of existence and how our work has affected their lives. But they also shape Rochester-Bern’s future by living our values, talking about us, and actively recommending us.

Alumni are part of our DNA and very important to the team. They are our family, encouraging us, challenging us, supporting us – and showing us every day that our work has a purpose. That’s why we want to accompany our alumni even after graduation: by strengthening their network, encouraging their exchange, giving them relevant knowledge, involving them.

We are very happy that Rochester-Bern was able to insource the previous alumni/-ae association and found the Leaders Circle as of May 1, 2021. To the original initiators as well as the previous leaders and members of the association, we express our gratitude. We will continue your work and give our best for a powerful alumni/-ae association.

Thank you for your continued support.”

Claudio and Petra

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board provides support and advises RoBe on organizing, planning, and developing the Leaders Circle.

Peter Augsburger

Head of Department Production
Lindt & Sprüngli (Schweiz) AG

Nicole Broennimann

Chief Operating Officer
Spacetek Technology AG

Claudia Escher

Chief Operating Officer
Tolremo Therapeutics AG

Lorenzo Faggi

Managing Director
Crescendo Group, Zürich

Basil Gähwiler

Teritorry Account Manager Switzerland

Fabian Ringwald

Chief Information Officer

Jamie Townsend

Mobility/Digitalisation Specialist

Judit Varga

Associate Finance Director
Takeda Pharma AG

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