Board of Directors

Sigrid Lüber

President

Sigrid Lüber grew up in the Canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Following a touching encounter with a school of dolphins when diving in the Indian Ocean, she became a founding member of OceanCare and since has worked actively to protect marine mammals and the oceans. She was elected President of OceanCare in 1993.

Since 1992, Sigrid Lüber has been the sole representative of a Swiss NGO to participate in conferences of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), where she has advocated for the protection of small cetaceans, promoted discussion on environmental threats to cetaceans, and introduced political and scientific initiatives on cetacean meat contamination and its effects on human consumers. Since 1997, she has held observer status with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES); and, since 2004, has played an active role in all UN related bodies dealing with maritime law.

Sigrid Lüber Lüber’s work focuses on the regulation and reduction of ocean noise pollution. She is also concerned with the growing problem of economic development aid bound with conditions such as voting behaviour. She lobbies for increased transparency, good governance of oceans and the involvement of non-governmental organisations in international policy making.

Sigrid Lüber maintains excellent contact with decision-makers both nationally and internationally.

As a result of her cooperation with the UN, OceanCare was appointed Special Consultant for marine protection by the United Nations Economic and Social Council in 2011.

Stefani Westphal Vonesch

Vice President

Stefani Westphal Vonesch was born in Zurich, Switzerland, and has been a member of OceanCare since 1993. She was elected to the Steering Committee in 2001 and has become Vice President in 2003.

Raised on the shores of the lake of Zurich, Stefani has had close ties with water ever since, her childhood spent snorkeling through to her professional diving as an adult. In her many years as a sport diver and diving instructor, she has come to know and love the marine environment.

On her numerous dives, she became aware of the beauty of and the threats to this wonderful part of our planet. It is very important to her that her work at OceanCare contributes to the conservation of the marine environment.

Umberto Annino

Actuary

Raised in Wädenswil, Switzerland at the shores of the lake of Zurich, Umberto Annino has rejoiced animals and nature since his childhood. He doesn’t own pets, but spends a lot of time with the dogs of good friends.

Inspired by movies and his proximity to water, he started diving at the age of 15. During his diving training in Wädenswil, he was accompanied by Sigrid Lüber and Stefani Westphal Vonesch on his first dives. His original career aspiration, becoming a veterinarian, was not fulfilled. Today, Umberto works as a specialist for IT-security and informatics at an auditing firm.

Because of his other interests and career, he only has little time left to dive, but his love for animals however remains. As treasurer of OceanCare, he has been responsible for OceanCare’s finances since 2012 and thus combines his longtime interests with his professional skills.

RA lic. iur. Rolf Huber

Co-Chair

Rolf Huber grew up in different places in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. He has lived in Zurich since finishing his studies, where he also practices as a lawyer. His professional focus lies on Real Estate and Construction Law, with additional focus on Criminal and Divorce Law. He is a father of two sons.

The oceans with their diverse forms of life have fascinated Rolf ever since his childhood. He finds inspiration in the vastness and beauty of the seas that puts human existence into perspective. This fascination led him to take up diving during his studies. During journeys in Europe, Asia and America, he discovered the world not only above, but also below sea. The silence and weightlessness of a dive as well as the diversity of the underwater world is incomparably beautiful to him.

The exploration of the oceans made clear to him how fragile this habitat is and how strongly humans affect it. With his work at OceanCare, Rolf contributes to the conservation of the marine environment.