Gudrun Sander

Gudrun Sander

Gudrun Sander

Prof. Dr.
Adjunct Professor of Business Administration and Diversity Management
Büro 16-004
Holzstrasse 15
9010 St. Gallen
Main Focuses
  • Gender and Diversity Management
  • Strategic Management and Leadership in Non-Profit-Organizations
  • Diversity-Controlling
  • Diversity and Gender Management as a leadership task
  • Social management
Fields of research
  • Gender and Diversity Management
  • Diversity-Controlling
  • Processes of learning in non-profit-organisations related the to corporate strategy
Further fields of research
  • Diversity and Gender Management as a leadership task
  • Strategic Management and Leadership in Non-Profit-Organizations
  • Theoretical principles of the gender question
  • Scientific theory
  • 1997 PhD (Dr. oec. HSG), University of St. Gallen, Switzerland  
  • 2001 Diploma in Financial and Management Accounting, St. Galler Management and Business School SBS 
  • 2005-2007 Continuing education in university-level teaching at HDZ-HSG 
  • 2012-2013 Advanced Management Program (AMP-HSG), Executive School of Management, Technology and Law (ES-HSG), St. Gallen 
Professional Career

Since 2012 Director Competence Centre for Diversity at the Research Institute for International Management at the University of St. Gallen (FIM-HSG): several national wide projects for improving strategic diversity management in companies (

Since 2007 Director for Diversity and Management Programs at the Executive School of Management, Technology and Law of the University of St Gallen (ES-HSG): program director ‘Women Back toBusiness’, an executive education program for female re-entrants with academic qualifications (

Since 2001 Director of the Swiss nationalproject “Diversity-Controlling”, until 2010 financed by the Swiss National Office of Gender Equality, Bern, Switzerland, since 2010 organized as a non-profit-organization (

Since 1996 Management Consultancy and (since 2011) CEO and Partner of Sander&Sander GmbH: design and implementation of organizational development projects (Strategic Management in non-profit organizations, implementation of diversity-controlling, project management and coaching) (

2010-2013 Head of Knowledge Transfer of the National Research Program NRP 60 “Gender Equality” of the Swiss National Science Foundation (

1996-1999 Executive board of TATEN STATT WORTE Switzerland  

Teaching Activities
  • Senior lecturer in Business Administration and Gender and Diversity management at the University of St.Gallen (since 2001)
  • Senior lecturer in Strategic Management, Organization, Leadership and Accounting as well as Diversity Management at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (2001-2015)
  • Lectures, Workshops, Executive Education, Project Management and In-House-Training in the areas of Strategic Management and Leadership in Non-Profit-Organizations, Diversity-Competence as a leadershiptask, Diversity Management 
  • Member of HSG Alumni
  • Member of SMG Schweizerische Management Gesellschaft
  • Member of EWMD European Women's Management Development Network
  • Member of Women's Empowerment Principles Leadership Group (WEPs LG) of UN Women and UN Global Compact
  • Jury member of the WEPs CEO Leadership Award
  • Member of Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Working Group on Gender Equality
  • Expert for the Federal Office for Gender Equality in Switzerland 
  • Member of FemWiss Schweiz
  • Member of LLL League of Leading Ladies 
  • Member of GetDiversity
  • Member of Female Board Pool 
  • Board member and member of the financial committee of OBVITA (

Since December the 1st, 2014 Adjunct Professor of Business Administration with special emphasis on Diversity Management

1998 - Prize of Recognition from the Swiss Society of Organization and Management (SGO)

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