Strategic Philanthropy for the Arts

Global Pioneers and New Perspectives

Thursday 20.10.2022
Sala 1 LAC - Lugano Arte e Cultura, Lugano


Scientific coordination
Angela Greco Head of Philanthropy Fondazione Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana
Elisa Bortoluzzi Dubach University Lecturer, PR Sponsorship and Foundation Consultant


The arts and culture have always been a fertile field for philanthropy.
Nowadays, however, the need for philanthropic engagement in the arts is growing faster than ever because culture acts as a driver of development. According to the Agenda 2030, culture becomes a transversal, intrinsic component across the public policy spectrum, acting as an enabler to accelerate sustainable development processes.
Aligning their objectives and practices with the cultural needs of a community, philanthropists can act strategically to solve systemic problems in the arts and cultural sectors, showing leadership and ability to promote change.

Involving renowned philanthropist and leaders of philanthropic organisations from Switzerland and abroad, the Forum wants to enable a deeper exchange of experiences on the strategic philanthropy’s social and economic impact and support. With a strong focus on the field of music, the Forum facilitates a debate on new perspectives and best practices of strategic philanthropy in the arts.

The Forum is promoted by the Fondazione Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana in partnership with UBS, with the patronage of the City of Lugano.

Philanthropic Docs


Pioneers of Strategic Philanthropy: new Ideas and Projects

Registration and Music Performance

Institutional Greeting
Ina Piattini Pelloni President Fondazione Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana

Christoph Brenner Director Fondazione Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana
Cristina Zamai Scarfone Head UHNW Clients UBS Ticino

Elisa Bortoluzzi Dubach University Lecturer, PR, Sponsorship and Foundation Consultant

Pamala Wiepking Stead Family Chair in International Philanthropy Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy & Professor of Societal Significance of Charity Lotteries Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Diana Bracco
President Fondazione Bracco, Vice-President Accademia Teatro alla Scala
Marco Netzer Vice-President LuganoMusica, Vice-President OSI Foundation Board
Carlo Donadini
President Associazione Amici del Conservatorio, Board Member Fondazione Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana

Moderator: Giancarlo Dillena

Coffee break

Music Interlude

Stefan Ottrubay General Manager Esterhazy Betriebe GmbH, Member of the Board Esterhazy Privatstiftungen
Marie Ringler
Europe Leader & Global Leadership Group Member Ashoka
Philippe Bischof
Director Pro Helvetia

Moderator: Elisa Bortoluzzi Dubach

Lunch break


Perspectives and Visions of Strategic Philanthropy for the Arts

Christoph Brenner Director Fondazione Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana

Simona Zampa International Advisory Board Member NY Philharmonic
Konrad Hummler
 President J.S. Bach Stiftung
Luis Ovsejevich President Fundación Konex
Thomas Montanaro
L.C. Global Leadership Development Regina Apostolorum Foundation

Moderator: Giancarlo Dillena

Music interlude

Valentina Del Fante Head of Institutional Relations and Strategic Projects LAC - Lugano Arte e Cultura
Patrizia Misciattelli delle Ripe 
President AIFO - Associazione Italiana Family Officer e Family Strategy
Isabella Tramontana
Philanthropy Advisor UBS
Gianluca Bonetti
Board Member Fondazione Corriere del Ticino, Fondazione culture e musei

Moderator: Elisa Bortoluzzi Dubach

Christoph Brenner Director Fondazione Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana
Luca Pedrotti Regional Director UBS Ticino


  • Director of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, after his studies in Basel, he worked as a director and playwright at institutional and independent theatres in Switzerland and abroad, while also serving as a jury member for dance and theatre for the Berlin Senate Chancellery. He holds a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in cultural management from the University of Basel. From 2008 to 2011 he was head and artistic director of the Südpol cultural centre in Lucerne. Director of the Culture Division of the Presidential Department of Canton Basel-Stadt from 2011 to 2017 and President of the Conference of Cantonal Delegates for Cultural Affairs (CDAC) from 2016 to 2017, he is regularly active as a lecturer in cultural policy and promotion.

  • Graduated in Economics and Commerce in Geneva, has been CEO of Deborah Group SPA. Since 1991 he is Board Member Fondazione Corriere del Ticino and since 2021 he is Board Member Fondazione Culture e Musei (MUSEC Lugano). Engaged in cultural institutions and passionate about natural sciences and art, he is an amateur landscape photographer with several published books.


  • She is a consultant in Public Relations, Sponsoring, and Foundations. Lecturer at various universities and project leader of national and international campaigns. she has contributed to the creation of major donor foundations. Former member of the Culture Commission of the City of Zug, since 2001 she has been a member of the jury of the ‘Maecenas’ Prize for the Promotion of Private Funding of Culture (Austria). She is the author of articles in the fields of sponsoring and grant-making foundations. She is a member of national and international organisations such as FERPI (Italian Public Relations Federation), PR SUISSE (Swiss Association of Public Relations ASRP), ESB-Marketing Netzwerk, Sponsoring Schweiz, as well as proFonds - the umbrella organisation of Swiss charitable foundations.

  • Graduated in Chemistry from the University of Pavia, she received an honorary degree in Pharmacy from the University of Pavia and in Medicine from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome. She is the Chairman and CEO of the Bracco Group and Centro Diagnostico Italiano; President of the Bracco Foundation, of the Mai Foundation of Confindustria and of the Milan Foundation for Expo 2015. She has covered prestigious international positions, such as Member of the National Gallery of Art Trustee’s Council, Washington (DC). Today she is Member of the Board of Directors and General Council of Confindustria and Assolombarda, the Lombard Entrepreneurial Association, and member of the Board of the Milan Chamber of Commerce; Member of the Board of Directors of Bocconi University in Milan, Vice President of the Italy China Council Foundation and of the Board of Directors of the Accademia Teatro alla Scala Foundation. Moreover she is member of the General Council and of the Executive Board of Fondazione Fiera Milano and member of the Congregation of Conservators of the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana. She is also the Honorary President of the Piergiorgio Colombara Archives in Genoa. She has been awarded the honour of Cavaliere del Lavoro, Great Cross of the Special Achievement Order of the Italian Republic and decorated with the Milan City Council’s Gold Medal.

  • After graduating in violin with Françoise Zöldy-Pfister and in viola with Christoph Schiller, he specialised in viola with Christoph Schiller at the Musik-Akademie in Basel and with Piero Farulli at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. Furthermore, he holds a Degree in Universal Historyand Italian Philology from the University of Basel. For several years he devoted himself to pedagogy, an interest that led him to the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana, where he is the Director General since 1999. He has been a member of the Artistic Commission of the ‘Swiss Youth Music Competition’ for almost 10 years. From 2010 to 2013, he was appointed President of the ‘Konferenz Musikhochschulen Schweiz’ (Conference of Directors of Swiss Universities of Music).

  • Graduated in Oriental Languages, with an MSc in Management, she entered LAC in 2010, assisting the General Director. Today she is the Head of Institutional Relations and Strategic Projects. She is also co-author of the first study on foundations in Cantone Ticino, presented on 30 June 2010 at the USI - Università della Svizzera italiana.

  • He has been a trade unionist OCST with long and varied political experience; Mayor of Camorino (from 1984 to 2000) MP and Group Leader in the Grand Council for the PPD (from 1979 to 1999), which he chaired in 1995. Deputy Chairman of the Cantonal Hospital Board and Chairman of the EOC pension fund from 1993 to 2005. From 2001 to 2013, he was appointed by the Swiss Council of States as Delegate for Local Government Education.
    His passion for music led him to become a promoter of important provisions and measures in support of music: in 1989 the Grand Council approved his parliamentary initiative for the recognition and subsidising of music teachers in primary schools; in 1990 he was Rapporteur in the Grand Council for the establishment of the ‘Fondazione per l’Orchestra della Svizzera italiana’; in 1995 Rapporteur for the signing of an agreement between the State and the Republic of Canton Ticino and the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana.
    Since the late nineties he is Member of the Foundation Board of the CSI and President of the Associazione Amici del Conservatorio. He plays the piano and organ, and has directed the San Martino Parish Choir for 59 years.

  • Founder and President of the J.S. Bach Foundation in St. Gallen, he holds a doctorate in law from the University of Zurich, and postgraduate degrees in economics at the University of Rochester (N.Y.). In the 1980s, he was the personal assistant to the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Schweizerische Bankgesellschaft. From 1991 to 2012, he was managing partner with unlimited liability of the private bank Wegelin & Co. in St Gallen. Later, he founded M1AG, a think tank for contemporary strategic issues.

  • Founder e Chair of AIFO – Associazione Italiana Family Officer and of Family Strategy Srl. She is the Founder of AIFO, the Italian Association of Family Offices, which she has chaired since 2006. The Association is devoted to increasing the awareness and building knowledge and tools to advise the Italian Family Office Community on how to protect and foster sustainable family wealth and values in the long term. Previously she held top executive roles in leading Italian and International Financial Institutions: Board Director of Finanza & Futuro, General Manager with BNL Investimenti SIM, Country Manager in J. Rothschild Assurance / CEO of Nascent SIM and Vice President in Nascent Life. She  is the author of books published with “Il Sole 24 Ore” and Franco Angeli. She holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of Bologna and  she professionally carries out mentoring projects to help the rising generation succeed in wealth transition. Lecturer on several congresses and workshops on Family Office, Intangible Assets, Values, Family Governance and Strategic Philanthropy.

  • Fr Thomas Montanaro is a New York born Roman Catholic priest and religious of the Legionaries of Christ. Holding degrees in humanities, philosophy and theology, having specialized in moral theology and leadership, his recent experience includes serving as seminary formator and vice rector at the Vatican´s Pontifical Regina Apostolorum. Fr Thomas currently serves in Rome at the General Curia of the Legionaries of Christ overseeing global leadership development, as well as serving on the board of a few charitable foundations, as an international development consultant, as well as spiritual director. In his free time, he enjoys sharing the beauty of the faith through pilgrimages especially in the Vatican, Rome and the Holy Land.

  • He holds a Master degree in law from the University of Zurich, a EDP from the Warton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and is licensed to practice as a “commercial trustee”. He developed his professional career mainly in the banking and finance sectors. In 1986 he joined UBS, where he held numerous positions, both in Switzerland and in Hong Kong, where he was responsible for Private Banking and Asset Management for the entire Asia-Pacific region. In 1998, he joined Banca del Gottardo as Chief Executive Officer. From 2006 until 2018, he has been a partner and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Banque Cramer & Cie SA, where he is currently Honorary Chairman and actively contributes to its development. At the end of 2007, he was appointed by the Federal Council as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the AVS/AI/IPG compensation fund, a position he held until 31 December 2015. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Swiss Bankers Association, member of the Management Board of the Association of Swiss Banks of Management and Member of the Parliament of the Swiss Union of Arts and Crafts USAM, until 2018, and Board Member of companies in the energy sector. In addition, he sits on the boards of several companies including charitable foundations also in the cultural field.

  • Graduated in law in Fribourg and Zurich, he obtained a doctorate in 1980 and was admitted to the Swiss bar the following year. After further studies in the US, he joined the Credit Suisse Group in 1985. Since 1990, he has been in charge of supervising the capital market branches in Eastern Europe. As the Director of Corporate Finance, he held a leading position during the privatisation and advisory phase for the subsidiary in Hungary. In 1992, he was appointed Head of the newly established branch of Bayerische Hypobank in Hungary, which he then headed as General Manager until 1997. From 1998 to 1999, he supervised the restructuring and sale of the insurance subsidiary of Swiss Life (Union Versicherung) in Hungary. In 1994 he was appointed by Princess Melinda Esterházy as Head of the first of the Esterhazy Foundations in Austria. In December 2000, he took over the management of the Esterházy Foundations in Burgenland, Austria. Since 2002, as General Manager, he has been entrusted with the management of the management company Esterhazy Betriebe GmbH, which was founded for the operational business of the foundations. He has founded several political, cultural and social associations and organisations.

  • He is a lawyer, businessman, piano teacher, and cultural promoter. He graduated in 1960 from the University of Buenos Aires. Founder and President of the Konex-Canon Company (1969-1998). He was General Director ad honorem of the Colón Theater in 1998 and 1999. Founder and President of the Konex Foundation from its creation in 1980, which annually grants the “Konex Awards” to distinguished personalities in cultural fields in Argentina and Mercosur. In 2005 he launched “Konex Cultural City” as a space for cultural enrichment of the community. In 2015 he created the “Konex Festival of Classical Music” to expand the audience of this genre among the young and amateurs. He is recipient of several awards: Music Critics Association (1991), National Culture Benefactor (National Ministry of Culture, 1997), Scopus Prize (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2011), Gratia Artis (National Academy of Fine Arts, 2016) and Distinction of “Cultural Interest” of the Konex Awards and Konex Cultural City (Buenos Aires City Legislature, 2019). In 2014 he published his autobiography Album of my life.

  • He began his banking career in 1989 as an intern at UBS. Throughout his working career, he has held various management positions within different segments and markets, both on international and domestic platforms, such as the Southern Business Unit (which includes Italy, France, Benelux, Greece, Former Yugoslavia, Romania and Bulgaria). In 2012 he moved to the Emerging Markets Business Area, heading Israel, Turkey, Greece, and Africa. Luca holds a European degree in Financial Analysis and Wealth management and an Executive Master of Business Administration in Management and Finance. Prior to becoming a banker, Luca was a professional soccer player. Since 2015 Luca has been Regional Director of UBS Ticino and a member of the Management Committee WM CH, as well as the Swiss Regions Committee.

  • A member of Ashoka’s Global Leadership Group, she heads Ashoka’s activities in Europe. In 2011, she founded Ashoka’s Austrian office and shortly afterwards took on the role of Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe. In 2015, she became one of Ashoka’s European Directors and in 2018 she was appointed Ashoka’s European Leader. Graduated at the University of Vienna, she holds a BA from ESADE Business School in Spain, and an MBA from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.


  • Isabella works with individuals, families and organizations to help them develop appropriate strategies for their philanthropic engagement. Prior to joining the Philanthropy Services team in 2020, she spent five years in UBS’s Corporate Responsibility division, where she helped shape and implement the bank’s sustainability strategy.
    Isabella is a Political Science graduate from University of Zurich and has professional qualifications in Economics and Banking. She speaks German, English, Italian, Spanish and French.

  • Dr. Pamala Wiepking (the Netherlands, 1978) is the inaugural Stead Family Chair in International Philanthropy at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the inaugural Professor of Societal Significance of Charity Lotteries at the Center for Philanthropic Studies at VU Amsterdam. She studies cross-national and interdisciplinary explanations of philanthropy. She aims to make philanthropy more meaningful for all actors involved and she is the 2017 UMD SPP Do Good Institute-ARNOVA Award for Global Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership recipient for her leadership in international philanthropy and nonprofit research. She has published (co-)authored research on philanthropic behavior in –among others– Social Forces, European Sociological Review, Social Science Research, Journal of Business Ethics, Voluntas and the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. She is co-editor (with Femida Handy) of the Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy, which won the 2016 ARNOVA Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Book Prize. She is a member of the editorial board for the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Pamala is one of the founding members of the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP).

  • She is responsible for the Ultra High Net Worth clients for UBS Wealth Management Switzerland in Ticino. She started her career in 1992 in her hometown Zurich. She spent 5 years at SBC Warburg in the Fixed Income department covering institutional clients and then moved to London always in the Sales & Brokerage department. When she came back to Switzerland, she was appointed Location Head Ticino for the Products & Services department. In 2009 she moved from the Product side to the front and started as a Client Advisor and Team Head in Wealth Management Switzerland. 

  • After graduating at the Bocconi University in Milan, Simona Zampa worked in Capital Markets at the Bank of America and in Private Banking at Merrill Lynch. She is Member of the International Advisory Board (IAB) of the New York Philarmonic Orchestra, President and co-founder of FAI SWISS. Moreover, she is member of the Foundation Board of MiTo ETS, LuganoMusica, Ticino Musica and LAC.
    In addition to her professional commitment, she studies the harp with Lorenza Pollini.