Meeting the people at the Institute

Tobias Karcher SJ, Director

Born in 1961 in Weinheim near Heidelberg. Studies in philosophy, theology and social sciences in Freiburg/Br., Paris, Frankfurt and Munich. Joined the Jesuit Order in 1989. Postgraduate studies in Boston and Detroit. 2002 - 2009 Tobias Karcher directed the Heinrich Pesch Haus in Ludwigshafen/Rhein. Tobias Karcher has directed Lassalle-Haus since 2009 and Lassalle-Institut since 2016.

Main focus:

  • Mindfulness training for executives
  • Distinguishing and deciding in everyday leadership
  • Teaching the basics of virtue ethics and ethics of action
  • Discourse on Christian social ethics in today's corporate context and business ethics.



Valerio Ciriello SJ, Future Generations & Ecological Transition

Responsible at the Lassalle-Institut for the new field "Future Generations & Ecological Transition". Licentiate in Law at Seconda Università di Napoli (2002), advanced studies at the University of California at Berkeley (2004) in Refugee Law, International Environmental Law and International Relations Theory and Master's Degree in European Interdisciplinary Studies at the College of Europe (2007). He initially worked in a variety of fields, most recently at the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA from 2007 to 2014.
Joined the Jesuit Order in September 2014. After taking his vows in the novitiate in Nuremberg (2016), studied philosophy and theology at the Centre Sèvres in Paris.

Main focus:
  • Ecological transformation
  • accompaniment of change processes
  • Encounter and relationship work with the younger generation
  • University chaplaincy

Prof. Dr. Peter Stücheli-Herlach

Peter Stücheli-Herlach is Professor of Organizational Communication and Public Sphere at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and a member of the institute's management (on mandate). He studied philosophy, literature and politics at the University of Zurich and the Free University of Berlin and received his doctorate from the University of Zurich in 1998. Subsequently, he was editor and deputy department head (Zurich and region) of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ).

Main focus:

- Public communication of organizations in business and politics

- Management and governance of organizational communication

- Sustainability discourse in the public debate




Theo Haas, Academic Assistant

Theo Haas is a research associate at the Lassalle-Institut. After graduating from high school, he studied Catholic theology and economics in Freiburg i.Br. and Erfurt. Currently, he is studying "Religion-Economy-Politics" at the locations Lucerne, Zurich and Basel.

Main focus:

- Social-ecological change

- Normative questions of business ethics as well as animal and environmental ethics

- Ethical decision making