Vice President for Finances

Caroline Kuyper © EPFL, Alain Herzog

Caroline Kuyper © EPFL, Alain Herzog

Caroline Kuyper’s word

Created in 2017 with the new management team taking office, the Vice-Presidency for Finance, which I head, has as its main mission the development of the School’s financial strategy, while guaranteeing its good management and governance.

We manage and coordinate the diversity of the School’s funding sources and its annual budget amounts to nearly one billion Swiss francs, in collaboration with all EPFL stakeholders: vice-presidents, deans, professors, scientific and administrative staff.

Our team is responsible for maintaining the accounts of EPFL and its affiliated entities. We lay down rules and procedures, we develop structured, effective and transparent decision-making processes in order to guarantee, in the long term, the School’s three missions and to ensure the highest standards of efficiency and compliance. And last but not least, we ensure the transversal and independent dimension of the finance function.

In addition, we have the role of business partner to facilitate decision-making processes by participating in the development of EPFL strategies and their implementation.

Caroline Kuyper, Vice-President

Biography

Caroline Kuyper has spent 25 years in the field of finance and business development with multinational companies Philip Morris, Nestlé and the International Olympic Committee. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration (HEC) from the University of Lausanne and training at IMD and London Business School.

After starting in the field of operational audit and financial planning at Philip Morris, she became involved in business development and takeovers of production plants in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She then pursued her career at Nestlé, in the Group’s strategic control in Nutrition Affairs, then in Mineral Waters; she continued as Head of Finance for R&D and Innovation with the main missions of improving return on investment and managing strategic portfolios. In 2012, she joined the International Olympic Committee as CFO where she was responsible for the financial management of the London Olympic Games and the preparation of the Sochi Games.

After completing a PED (Program for Executive Development) at IMD, she decided to broaden her experience to the public domain and was appointed Deputy Director, Head of the Division of International Affairs and Resources at the Federal Statistical Office.

She joined EPFL at the beginning of 2017.