André Hoffmann is the Vice Chairman of Roche Holding, Switzerland, a highly innovative pharmaceutical company established by his great grandfather in 1896. He also serves on the board of the fully owned subsidiary Genentech Inc. in California (USA). Mr. Hoffmann has also contributed to the development and success of a data driven, cloud based, analytics company providing meaningful insights into the US health system: Inovalon Inc., based in Maryland (USA).
Alongside his non-executive roles in the family business, Mr. Hoffmann has a distinguished cursus in nature conservation and sustainability. He served on the board of WWF International for 19 years (the last 10 years as Vice-President), Wetlands International, Global Footprint Network (where he is still honorary chairman) and FIBA a Mauritanian NGO which has now been merged with Fondation MAVA.
Mr Hoffmann is the President of Fondation MAVA, a leading European conservation foundation committed to conserve biodiversity (Total of around 1’000 project grants awarded to 350 implementing partners since 1994) and President of Fondation Tour du Valat in the Camargue, France, a world-renowned research institute primarily active in the conservation of Mediterranean wetlands.
Mr Hoffmann firmly believes in business as a force for good and has joined the board of SystemIQ in order to help positively disrupt critical economic systems. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum, as well as of the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco.
Mr Hoffmann has been instrumental in establishing the Hoffmann Global Institute in Business and Society (HGIBS) at INSEAD, in Fontainebleau, France, his Alma mater, and chairs its Advisory Board.
In addition, Mr Hoffmann has recently accepted the following roles: Venture Foundation, Vice-Chairman of the Board; Chairman’s Circle at Chatham House, Founding Member; GIST Advisory Switzerland Sàrl, Member of the Advisory Board; Natural Capital Coalition Board, Chairman of the Board and Member of the Sustainable Market Council (SMC), an initiative focusing on practical action particularly in the Commonwealth.
Through his multiple initiatives Mr. Hoffmann is attempting to influence business thinking towards the long term by pushing companies to not only report on financial guidelines but also on their real contribution to society in environmental and social terms.
His philanthropic activity focusses on sustainable impact in many other organizations, mostly in the field of Education.
Mr. Hoffmann studied economics at St. Gallen University and holds an MBA from INSEAD.