Caroline Kuyper’s word
Created in 2017 with the new management team taking office, the Vice-Presidency 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 enact rules and procedures, develop well-structured, efficient and transparent decision-making processes in order to guarantee, in the long term, the School’s three missions, which are education, research and innovation. 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
With more than 25 years of experience in the field of finance, business development, audit and risk management, Caroline Kuyper is an expert in strategy development and leading change. She has worked for multinational companies such as Philip Morris International (PMI) and Nestlé, as well as for non-governmental organizations such as the International Olympic Committee.
A graduate from the Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC Lausanne) in Switzerland, she also completed the Program for Executive Development (PED) at the International Institute for Management (IMD) in Lausanne and executive programs at the London Business School.
Caroline Kuyper started her career in the field of operational audit and financial planning at PMI, where she then specialized in business development and buy-outs of manufacturing plants in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She then gained experience in the Food and Beverage sector, serving as Group Controller for the Globally Managed Businesses of Nutrition and then for Nestlé Waters worldwide; she then served as the Head of Finance for R&D, Innovation and Technology at Nestlé, with the mission of providing long term strategies to finance strategic portfolios and improve R&D return on investment.
In 2012, she joined the International Olympic Committee as CFO and member of the Executive Board. She was responsible for the financial and risk management of the 2012 London Olympic Games and the preparation work of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
In 2015, she decided to broaden her experience to the Swiss public domain and was appointed Deputy Director of the Federal Statistical Office – also leading International Affairs as Swiss Ambassador and the Resources divisions including Finance, IT, Human Resources, Legal and other administrative services.
Caroline Kuyper joined EPFL in February 2017, as Vice-President Finance & CFO, with the mission of creating a new Vice Presidency and setting up the structures and processes to support for the School’s transformation and growth.