Nicola Forster is a partner at◆crstl and the founding president of the Swiss grassroots think tank foraus (Forum Aussenpolitik) as well as a serial social entrepreneur in public sector innovation. Nicola is the new Ashoka fellow for 2016.
As a law graduate (lic.iur./MLaw) with studies in Zurich, Montpellier and Lausanne, in 2009 he successfully led the nationwide youth campaign on free movement of persons for a coalition of Swiss youth parties. Today, he advises different foundations, international think tanks as well as foreign ministries as the German Federal Foreign Office on creative formats and strategic innovation. He has recently been appointed as Founding Curator of the Global Shapers Bern Hub by the World Economic Forum and sits on the boards of Fondation Science et Cité (as vice president), Global Diplomacy Lab as well as Fondation Jean Monnet pour l’Europe. Nicola has been ranked among the Top 99 foreign policy leaders under 33 by The Diplomatic Courier and counts on a multidisciplinary and global network of entrepreneurs, thought leaders and decision makers. He regularly contributes to Swiss and international media and is a frequent keynote speaker, panelist and moderator.
In the media
◆ Ashoka, Meet Nicola Forster, the new Ashoka fellow in Switzerland – 20.07.2016
◆ Tages Anzeiger, Es gibt keinen Grund, so viel Angst zu haben – 16.07.2016
◆ Tages Anzeiger, Entscheidend war, klügere Köpfe ins Boot zu holen – 09.07.2016
◆ Tages Anzeiger, Der Thinktanker – 28.04.2016
◆ Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Der Unerschrockene – 11.08.2015