Caroline Kuyper’s word
The Vice Presidency for Finances (VPFI) has as its main mission the development of the School’s financial strategy, while ensuring its good governance.
The VPFI works to simplify and standardize processes, enabling more agile, collaborative and efficient management at all levels. Priorities are put on the management of strategic projects in the fields of research, education and innovation as well as on the continuity of financial transformation through the development of new technological and digital solutions.
Since its creation, the VPFI has made significant progress such as the deployment of a new, more dynamic and transparent, financial planning, a more actionable and proactive risk management process and the first certification and consolidation of annual accounts to IPSAS international accounting standards.
Caroline Kuyper, Vice President for Finances – CFO
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, in Switzerland and abroad, for multinational companies such as Philip Morris International (PMI) and Nestlé, as well as for non-governmental organizations like the International Olympic Committee.
A graduate from the Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC Lausanne) in Switzerland, she completed different training courses – including the Program for Executive Development (PED) – at the International Institute for Management (IMD) in Lausanne and various 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 subsequently specialized in business development and buy-outs of manufacturing plants in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
In 2003, she joined Nestlé. She first served as Group controller for the Globally Managed Business of Nutrition as well as for Nestlé Waters, before being appointed Head of Finance for R&D, Innovation and Technology; with the mission of providing long-term strategies to finance strategic portfolios and improve R&D return on investment.
She then worked for the International Olympic Committee as CFO and member of the Executive Board. She was responsible for treasury as well as financial and risk management for the London Olympic Games (2012) and the preparation work for the Sochi Olympics Games (2014).
With long experience and proven expertise in the international sector, Caroline Kuyper decided to broaden her expertise to the Swiss public domain. In 2015, she was designated Deputy Director of the Federal Statistical Office where, as Swiss Ambassador, she led International Affairs and the Resources divisions – including Finance, IT, Human Resources, Legal and other administrative services.
Caroline Kuyper took up her position as Vice President for Finances and CFO at EPFL in 2017. In accordance with the mandate given, she quickly set up a new organization and developed needed structures and processes to support the transformation and growth of the School.