Personalities: Thomas Gentil to Be New Deputy Head of Swiss Agroscope

New Agroscope Executive Board member: From 1 March 2022, Thomas Gentil will be the Deputy Head of Agroscope and Head of the Resources Unit. Most recently he was responsible for corporate development at the Swiss Federal Office of Police (fedpol).

As Head of Resources with around 130 staff members, Thomas Gentil will run the IT, Infrastructure, Finances, Human Resources and Legal Service divisions. In addition, the 37-year-old native of Jura will be Head of Agroscope Eva Reinhard’s Deputy and an Agroscope Executive Board member.

Parliamentary Services, FOPH and fedpol

Thomas Gentil studied Political Science at the Universities of Lausanne and Bern. After starting his career in the Federal Administration at Parliamentary Services, he worked at the Federal Office for Public Health, initially as a staff research scientist, then later, after completing his Master of Advanced Studies in Public Administration (MPA), as head of section. In 2014 he moved to fedpol, where as head of the Corporate Development department he was most recently responsible for strategy development and project portfolio management, in close cooperation with the Executive Board.

Agroscope’s new site strategy, with the Posieux Campus and two research centres (one in Zurich-Reckenholz, one in Changins) as well as various experimental stations, is also leading to changes within the Resources Unit.  Agroscope is convinced that Thomas Gentil’s experience to date, broad skillset and appetite for progress will enable him to tackle these challenges successfully. He will take up his new post on 1 March 2022.

Thomas Gentil lives with his family in the canton of Fribourg.

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