About us

We help talented students and researchers to reach their full potential.

Since its establishment in 2011, the Fondation Zdenek et Michaela Bakala has taken part in various initiatives related to education and human rights. Its primary goal has always been to support students studying in Switzerland in their pursuit of top-quality higher education abroad, outside of their native and living environment. For a number of years, the Foundation has also supported Conservatoire de l’Ouest Vaudois, a non-professional music school for children and teenagers, and has endorsed other projects related to the above-mentioned fields.

The Fondation Zdenek et Michaela Bakala is a Swiss charitable foundation and operates under supervision of the Swiss Federal Supervisory Authority. It is also an Affiliated Member of SwissFoundations.

Our Founders

Zdenek Bakala


Michaela Bakala

Chair of the Board

Board of Trustees

Michaela Bakala

Chair of the Board

Philippe Rudloff

Vice Chair of the Board

Patricia Legler

Board Member

Foundation Manager

Ursina Boulgaris

Secretary General

Bakala philanthropy world-wide

Philanthropy has played a prominent role in the lives of Michaela and Zdenek Bakala. They have thrown their support behind a number of projects that promote education, democratic values, freedom, human rights and critical thinking.

Visit the family’s website at bakalaphilanthropy.com to access the latest news about their pursuits in all of these areas across the three continents in which they operate.