Federal Council appoints Tanja Manser as a new member of the ENSI Board

A year after Jürg Schmid retired from the ENSI Board, the Federal Council has selected Tanja Manser as his successor. The ENSI Board will therefore have six members from 1 January 2019.

Tanja Manser has been Director of the School of Applied Psychology at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) since early 2018. She is a psychologist specialising in risk management in complex working environments and has taught in Fribourg, Bonn, Stavanger and Zurich. Originally from Germany, Manser (45) studied at the University of Freiburg before obtaining a doctorate in psychology from the University of Zurich in 2002 and qualifying as a university lecturer at ETH Zurich in 2008. From 2008 to 2012, she was also a member of the Nuclear Safety Commission (NSC).

Anne Eckhardt, Chair of the ENSI Board, welcomes the appointment: “People and organisation are key aspects of nuclear safety, and so I’m delighted that Tanja Manser is joining us as a proven expert in the field of risk management and organisational culture.”

With the appointment of Tanja Manser, the ENSI Board achieves gender parity for the first time. It therefore significantly exceeds the requirements of the Federal Council (only available in German), which stipulate that women should account for at least 30 per cent of members of the highest management body.