GHF while being incorporated as a Swiss Foundation with the respective tax-advantages applying – see Transparency and Tax Status (link to webpage) – it is run like an NGO with the purpose of identifying and supporting Giraffe-Personalities, which means fundraising is a vital issue.
Next to the GHF Board (link to webpage) and the Friends of GHF (link to webpage) the most important body in advising on the organization’s work in general and deciding upon the commendation of Giraffe Heroes in particular, is undertaken by the Jury. Members are as follows:
Angela is a graduate in English from Xuzhou University. Previously she has worked as an interpreter for the World Bank and local government offices in her home province of Hebei. Later on she worked in various consulting positions from where she derived an interest in medical issues. Some 20 years ago she became a cofounder and director of the company which today has become Sorehsa Holding, a joint-venture in rehabilitative and preventive medicine, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland and with main activities concentrated in China. On a personal basis Angela is devoted to the study and exploration of Classical Chinese Medicine.
Pianist – Composer – Researcher
Jean-Jacques Dünki was born in Aarau (Switzerland) in 1948. After school and early musical training he studied the piano in Basel, Berlin, Paris, Baltimore, New York and London. In 1981 he was awarded the Schoenberg Prize in Rotterdam. He leads a busy life as a concert pianist and teacher at the Music Academy of Basel. His numerous recordings include music from Reger, Zemlinsky, Schreker, Webern and Berg. Jean-Jacques Dünki is a member of the new music ensemble „opera nova“ in Zürich. In recent years, Jean-Jacques Dünki turned himself to historical keyboard instruments such as the clavichord and the fortepiano. As a composer, he is self-taught and his works, especially for keyboard and chamber music ensembles, are now being increasingly performed. His first book “Schönbergs Zeichen” came out in Vienna, 2006, his second, “Schumann interpretieren” in Basel, 2014. CD and online production “pour le clavier – compositions 1960-2012 for piano, fortepiano and clavichord” release in June, 2018.
IT Specialist (SPB Linux), Basel
Christian is a devoted programmer as well as engaged teacher in physics and philosophy. He is interested in mind and matter in a comprehensive way and a dedicated supporter of the Giraffe Concept of personal courage, mindful independence and the common good as he sees it.
Dipl. Architekt & Planer ETH/SIA/SWB
Beat supports GHF with a rare sense and enthusiasm for social justice, a healthy environment and cultural values. Expertise and special dedication go to architectural issues in small and large contexts. Beat founded the company ARC-Architects Bern more than 30 years ago and is heading it ever since. He is a leading member in several public and private organizations actively promoting the preservation of traditional values as well as creating new ones alike.
Helge is pediatrician and an enthusiast for proper causes, especially with a view to education and guidance in health issues but does not shy away from political issues with equal fervor. Helge has actively supported the GHF project since the day it arrived in Switzerland.
Thomas A. Pilscheur
GHF Founder, PhD
GHF has been set up and is headed by Thomas together with the board and is supported by the Friends of GHF. Thomas, a Sinologist, has started and run a number of companies doing business in China. When he accidentally came across John Grahams book “On the Edge” he was so impressed that he sought contact with the author, out of which a precious friendship developed which in turn has led him to form GHF in the fall of 2017, seeking to spread John Grahams and Ann Medlocks Giraffe-Project in Europe. Thomas understands his role as that of a facilitator: those people attracted by the idea of the Giraffe Heroes Project have to be brought together, interactive platforms need to be formed and impact has to be created.