STSA Governance

Welcome Message from the President

Dear STSA Members and Visitors,

On behalf of the Swiss Trading and Shipping Association, it is my pleasure to welcome you to STSA’s new website.

If you are already a member then we hope you like our new format, please give us your feedback.

If you have found your way to our website then no doubt it is because you are curious about what we do, who we are and what we represent. Our hope is that you come away informed and with a desire to join us and take even more interest in our business which is fascinating and never sleeps! We are always evolving, striving to do better, learning and innovating: whether this is finding more efficient ways of working, following and nurturing new industry developments, responding to major shifts in trade patterns and what is happening in the world around us, listening to our members and the public at large. Commodities and the movement of commodities play a vital role in all of our lives, we bridge geographical distances and time zones to ensure that our customers, ultimately all of us, receive the products we need when we need them.

Switzerland and the Swiss authorities have been very supportive and we are grateful that we have been able to nurture strong ties within the Swiss business community, with policy makers and the general public alike. We are lucky that we live in such a diverse multi-cultural environment where business is able to thrive, all companies irrespective of size and types of business play an equally important role in developing how we work and all of the supply chain is right here on our doorstep. This has enabled us to build strong ties both inside and outside Switzerland and as a consequence our Association has a very informed network of members.

We will continue to respond to the needs of our business, the demands of the world economy and the environment with integrity and vision. By working together we ensure that our goals are attainable. Commodity trading brings the world together and it is my hope that this website will shed greater clarity on the essential world of commodity trading and shipping. Please support us, learn with us and add your voice – you will be most welcome.

David Fransen

STSA President

STSA President

Executive Board

The Executive Boards of STSA is the managing body of the Association and meets at least twice a year.

It handles the applications for membership and initiates as well as promotes programmes which serve and advance the purpose of the Association.

According to the Articles of Incorporation, the Executive Board is constituted of 14 Members, of which:

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board consists of all Sponsor Members and at least 5 Corporate members and meets at least once a year.

The Members of the Advisory Board are invited to provide direction on the Association's main projects and are also called upon to help strengthen the Swiss trading hub.

Members all share great expertise and a high level of seniority and are selected based on their willingness to contribute actively to the discussions at hand and for their propensity to work for the common good of the industry.

Management Committee

The Management Committee is responsible for the conduct of the business of the Association within the limits fixed by the Executive Board.

It is responsible, in particular, for coordinating, assisting and monitoring all ongoing STSA projects.

The Management Committee is assisted by the Association Treasurer and Association Secretary.

David Fransen


Ramon Esteve

Vice President

Hans Christian Jensen

Vice President

Stéphane Graber

Secretary General

STSA Secretariat

The STSA Secretariat is responsible for running the Association day-to-day.

STSA's Secretary General is Dr. Stéphane Graber. He is assisted by a team of 5.

Stéphane Graber

Secretary General

Silviane Chatelain

Education & Training Manager

Nina Eggert

CSR Officer

Tiziana Rizzo

Team Support Officer

Jana Ruwayha - Intern

Business Communication Officer

Andrea Tang

Regulatory Affairs Officer

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