EPFL Turns 50! Celebrations with Natalie Fontana

2019 is a very special year for EPFL – it is the school’s 50th anniversary. As part of EPFL’s celebratory event series, Nathalie Fontana will give a presentation at swissnex China on July 12.

Event Details


swissnex China office
22F, Building A, Far East International Plaza, 319 XianXia Road, Shanghai, China


July 12, 2019 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm



2019 is a very special year for EPFL – it is the school’s 50th anniversary. In honour of this exciting milestone in EPFL’s history, many celebrations take place throughout the year to look back on EPFL’s major achievements and ahead to the future. Hence this informal gathering with Nathalie Fontana is the moment for alumni of EPFL in Shanghai to learn about the most important activities around the 50th anniversary, some strategic developments including EPFL’s very first fundraising campaign – the 50 Fifty Campaign and to have a dialogue about the importance and relevance of our international alumni community.


18:00 Door opening

18:30 Presentation by Mrs. Nathalie Fontana, Director of Philanthropy, EPFL

19:00 Presentation by Mr. HE Xiang (on behalf of Mr. Ren Zhanbing) on “EPFL 50th – Participation from EPFL Alumni China”

19:15 Networking Reception

20:30 End of the event

About Nathalie Fontana

Nathalie Fontana has joined the central development office of EPFL as new Director of Philanthropy in April 2017. She has over 10 years of experience in major donor fundraising in the Higher Education sector, both national and international. She has joined EPFL from the University of Oxford where she led the international Principal Gifts team. Previous to that she was the Director of Strategic Partnerships at ETH Zurich Foundation. In both roles, she has worked intensively with HNWI, foundations and major corporates in Switzerland and across Europe.

“EPFL is a prestigious and one of the most successful ‘young’ universities in the world with a remarkable success in a relatively short period of time. The generosity of private funders has helped the school to strengthen its profile as a leading academic institution to partner with in order to tackle societal challenges. All of this contributes to a compelling story and creates momentum in fundraising. Passion – purpose – impact, that’s the value-chain of philanthropy and that’s what donors can find at EPFL.” says Nathalie.

Nathalie’s motivation is to drive and significantly advance the philanthropic ambitions of EPFL and to achieve a long-term, sustainable income growth. The 50th anniversary of EPFL offers a unique opportunity and the launch of EPFL’s first fundraising campaign will be a major focus of her team. Nathalie and her team work closely with the President and the Direction, senior management, key academics and members of staff across the school.

In addition to her work, Nathalie is member of the board of CASE Europe (The Council of Advancement and Support in Education, based in London) and trustee of the Swiss-American Society where she is the chair of the scholarship fund. She is a passionate cyclist, enjoys hiking and nature and has an interest in arts and culture.