The main objectives of ICTswitzerland are as follows:
The Conference of Delegates is the highest body of ICTswitzerland. It meets at least once a year. The Conference of Delegates elects the Chairman and the other members of the Management Board as well as the auditors. The Conference of Delegates decides on changes to the articles of incorporation, annual contributions, the budget and the annual financial statements, the creation or dissolution of committees and commissions, and the expulsion of members and affiliated member associations. The delegates are appointed by the member associations and member companies themselves.
Minutes of the Conference of Delegates meetings
The Management Board is made up of representatives of the member associations, a representative of each direct member, the chairman of the Education Commission and the chairman of ICT Vocational Training Switzerland. Politicians, representatives of the authorities and/or universities and other persons important to ICTswitzerland may also be elected to the Management Board. The members of the Management Board are appointed and recalled by the Conference of Delegates.
Members of the Management Board
The Board Committee positions and manages the interests of the ICT industry vis-à-vis businesses, the scientific community, politicians, the authorities, other associations as well as the general public. It also manages the promotion and further development of ICT and the specialists and organisations who work in ICT in Switzerland. The Board Committee consists of the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman and no more than 13 other members of the Management Board. Representatives of member associations who pay annual contributions of about CHF 20,000 p.a. are entitled to a seat on the Board Committee. So too are direct members who joined in 2012. Direct members who joined on or after 1 January 2013 may apply for a seat on the Board Committee. The members of the Board Committee are appointed and recalled by the Management Board.
Members of the Board Committee
The Chairman represents ICTswitzerland's interests vis-à-vis the economy, the scientific community, politicians, the authorities and other associations, as well as the general public. He is the point of contact for requests to the ICT industry from undertakings in other sectors of the economy, public authorities and politicians. He supports the Association Manager CEO in fulfilling his tasks. The Chairman is appointed and recalled by the Conference of Delegates.
Current Chairman: National Councillor Marcel Dobler
The Vice-Chairman supports the Chairman in fulfilling his tasks and is his deputy. The Vice-Chairman is a member of the Management Board, which also appoints and recalls him.
Current Vice-Chairman: National Councillor Franz Grüter
ICTswitzerland operates a registered office headed by the Association Manager CEO. The Association Manager CEO is appointed and recalled by the Board Committee. His responsibilities include all the activities that secure the operational running of ICTswitzerland in accordance with its articles of incorporation, mission, strategy and tasks.
Association Manager CEO: Andreas Kaelin
ePower for Switzerland is a joint initiative of the Swiss parliament and the private sector. Within ICTswitzerland it is responsible for representing the political interests of the ICT industry. Its objective is to ensure that better use is made of the potential of information and communication technology in Switzerland and it lobbies politicians to make Switzerland a powerful ICT location.
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The Education Commission is the specialist body of ICTswitzerland responsible for ICT education, vocational and continuing training at every level of the education ladder. It represents affiliated associations and direct members with regard to education needs, comments on education issues, coordinates with education-related committees and organisations and advises the ICTswitzerland Management Board. The Education Commission comprises a least one member of the Management Board, the managing director of ICT Vocational Training Switzerland as well as experts in university-level ICT education and training, vocational training and continuing training, representatives of teacher training colleges and the education authorities, politicians and businessmen. Its members are appointed and recalled by the Management Board at the Education Commission's request. They are appointed for a two-year period. The Education Commission may have no more than 18 members and determines itself. The registered office of ICT Vocational Training Switzerland supports the Education Commission and its chairman in fulfilling their tasks.
The Education Commission
Established in the spring of 2010 by the umbrella organisation ICTswitzerland and the cantonal and regional professional organisations (OdA), ICT Vocational Training Switzerland has set itself the task of actively combating the shortage of ICT specialists in Switzerland. In so doing, ICT Vocational Training Switzerland is creating the conditions that can ensure a sufficient supply of adequately qualified young ICT professionals to meet the needs of businesses and the public sector to an international standard.
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ICTswitzerland is represented within economiesuisse, the umbrella organisation of the Swiss economy. The ICTswitzerland Chairman is a member of the economiesuisse management board since 2013. Andreas Kaelin, ICTswitzerland's Association Manager CEO, is a member of the economiesuisse management committee. The concerns of the information and communication technology (ICT) sector can thus be addressed directly within the governing bodies of the Swiss economy's umbrella organisation.