The Lake Geneva Chapter Board of the Swiss American Chamber of Commerce has created an award to be given regularly to one or more individuals and/or to one or more corporations whose accomplishments or activities merit special praise. The award symbolizes the spirit and the achievements of Albert Gallatin, a pioneer in the relationship between Switzerland and the United States of America, who contributed in many ways throughout his life to helping the United States become a free and prosperous nation. The award also celebrates the close reciprocal ties that have bound the Republic of Geneva, and the Swiss Confederation, to the United States for more than two hundred years.

Purpose of the Award

To recognize exceptional contributions by individuals, and/or corporations and institutions to fostering a better understanding and appreciation between the peoples of Switzerland and the United States.

Award Winners


Hansjörg Wyss, Chairman, Wyss Foundation


Ernesto Bertarelli, Entrepreneur, Sportsman, Philanthropist

On April 6, 2017, the Lake Geneva Chapter of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce awarded the renowned Gallatin Award to Ernesto Bertarelli as recognition for his great achievements in building bridges between Switzerland and the USA as an entrepreneur (Serono), sportsman (twice winner of the Americas Cup) and philanthropist (Campus Biotech, Bertarelli Foundation).


Patrick Firmenich, Chief Executive Officer of Firmenich

Honored for his (and the company's) sustainable development in the business cooperation between Switzerland and the USA.


Charles Kleiber, Former State Secretary for Education & Research
Thierry Lombard, Managing Partner of Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie.

The two awardees were honored for their brilliant idea and exceptional efforts in promoting, building and sponsoring Swissnex San Francisco and Boston.


Robert J. Portman, Ambassador, former Director of the Office of Management and Budget of the U.S. and former US Trade Representative


Robert A. Lutz, Vice Chairman Product Development & Chairman GM North America, General Motors Corporation


Daniel Borel, Chairman & Founder of Logitech