The American Swiss Foundation’s Young Leaders Conference was initiated in 1990 to create person-to-person exchange and foster mutual understanding among the next generation of leaders in Switzerland and the United States.

Held in Switzerland each year, the Conference brings together approximately 50 Americans and Swiss aged 28-40 for a week of intensive discussion and exchange on a broad range of current issues of importance to American-Swiss relations; meetings with high-level diplomatic, government, business, media, and cultural leaders; and excursions to Switzerland’s beautiful mountains and historic landmarks.

The U.S. participants are carefully selected by a Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors based on outstanding achievement and strong personal recommendations of senior leaders. In Switzerland, participants are selected by the Foundation’s Swiss Advisory Council.

It was my pleasure to be nominated and participate in the 2011 Young Leaders Conference thanks to Her Excellency Ambassador Faith Whittlesey.  There are great issues facing US / Swiss relations which we must address including the United States’ egregious FATCA (Foreign Asset Tax Compliance Act) which unfairly penalizes the greatest source of offshore wealth and foreign direct investment that the United States has had the privilege of enjoying.

All Photos © Robert Agresta 2011 For Public Release

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