Anne Eckhardt (Chairwoman)

Anne Eckhardt is the Chair of the ENSI Board and CEO of risicare GmbH.

She was appointed Chair of the ENSI Board on 1 January 2012. She was Vice-Chair between 2008 and 2011. Between 1997 and 2000, and 2005 and 2007, Anne was a member of the Federal Nuclear Safety Commission (NSC). Between 1999 and 2002 she was a member of the Expert Group on Disposal Concepts for Radioactive Waste (EKRA), which developed the concept of deep geological storage, now firmly anchored in the Nuclear Energy Act. Between 2000 and 2002, Anne was a member of the cantonal group of experts studying the Wellenberg geological repository site.

She founded risicare in 2007 with the aim of conducting research and providing advice on the opportunities and risks associated with new technologies, risks posed by engineering systems and natural hazards. The company’s client base primarily comprises public sector organisations. In recent years, risicare has been mainly concerned with technological impact assessments, especially in the biomedical field. The papers Human Enhancement and Personalised Medicine were published on behalf of TA Swiss in 2011, appearing in book form in 2014. Since 2013, Anne has led the cross-disciplinary project on interdisciplinary risk research for the Disposal Options for Radioactive Residues (ENTRIA) research platform in Germany. This project uses an interdisciplinary team to research new methods of estimating and assessing the risks associated with disposal options for radioactive residues on an interdisciplinary basis.

Before setting up risicare, Anne spent 17 years working for the Zurich-based independent engineering, planning and consulting company, Basler & Hofmann AG. as a consultant and project manager specialising in the risks associated with engineering systems and natural hazards. She set up a new Technology and Society Department, which she went on to lead. In 1990 Anne obtained her doctorate in natural sciences from ETH in Zurich after studying biology with a major in biophysics. She also completed postgraduate courses in Risk and Safety at ETH in Zurich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPF) in Lausanne and the University of St. Gallen.

Anne is a member of the Swiss Risk & Safety Association (VRS) and the Swiss Association of Women Engineers (SVIN).