Organisational structure

Mission 21 is an international mission organisation with over 70 partner churches and partner organisations on four continents. Our headquarters is located in Basel, in the historic Mission House of the Basel Mission. In Switzerland, we are supported and sponsored by the Reformed Regional Churches of the German-speaking region of Switzerland and our three supporting associations: the Basel Mission (BM, founded in 1815), the Moravian Church, and the Evangelical Mission in the Kwango (EMIK). Our international collaboration with our partners is also mirrored in our structure: our senior governing body is the Mission Synod, in which delegates from four continents decide on the strategy and orientation of Mission 21's work once each year.


Johannes Blum-Hasler, Prof. Dr. med., President of the Board

On 10 June 2015, the Synod elected Johannes Blum (born in 1955) as the new President of the Board, of which he has been a member since 2012. Prior to this, he held the office of President of Mission 21's supporting association, the Evangelical Mission in the Kwango (EMIK). From 1987 to 1991, Johannes Blum worked at the Hôpital de Vanga in the DR Congo as a physician specialising in tropical medicine with training duties. Since 1991, he has worked for the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (STPH), where he is currently Lead Clinical Consultant and Head of the Polyclinic. He is an External Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine of the University Basel. Johannes Blum undertakes assignments in the DR Congo and other African countries each year to train doctors and carry out research.

Karl F. Appl, Pastor, Vice President of the Board

Karl F. Appl (born in 1955) was elected as Vice President of the Board at the 2015 Synod. From 1990 until 1996, he worked on behalf of the Basel Mission as Lecturer in Church History at the Comunidad Teológica Evangélica in Santiago, Chile. In 1997, he became involved in various areas of work within the Mission House in Basel, including the advisory group for the Latin America Department. Since 2007, Karl Appl has been President of the Committee of the Basel Mission, Mission 21's largest supporting association.

Andrea R. Trümpy, Member of the Board

Andrea Trümpy (born in 1946) is a former Mayoress of Glarus. She is active within the church as VicePresident of the Cantonal Church Council of the Canton of Glarus (Church and Society Section) and as a Member of the Church Council of the City of Glarus (Music and Culture Section). Her honorary activities include her positions as a delegate to Mission 21's European Continental Conference and as a member of the Board of "Reformed Media", the communication organisation.

Kurt Kägi, Member of the Board

Kurt Kägi (born in 1949) comes from Herisau, Canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden. He is the Managing Director of Kurt Kägi + Partner AG, a company whose activities include support for nonprofit organisations in connection with strategic and operational issues. Between 1998 and 2004, he was Herisau's full-time Mayor and Director of Finance. He also represented the FDP (Free Democratic Party) in the Cantonal Parliament of Appenzell Ausserrhoden from 1998 to 2003. From 2007 until 2014, Kurt Kägi was President of the Church Council of the Evangelical-Reformed Church of the Two Appenzell Half-Cantons, and a delegate to the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC).

Margrit Schneider-Schardt, Dr. med. dent., Member of the Board

Margrit SchneiderSchardt (born in 1944) exercised the profession of dentist until 2006. From 1990 to 2015, she held office as a member of the Synod of the Evangelical-Reformed Church of the Canton of Basel-Stadt (ERK BS). During this period, she was mainly involved in the Audit Commission, the Constitutional Commission and the Special Commission on Adult Education. From 2004 until 2015, Margrit Schneider-Schardt was the delegate of the ERK BS to the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC). She is currently a member of the FSPC's Audit Commission.

Hans-Joachim Zobel, Pastor, Member of the Board

Hans Joachim Zobel (born in 1949) was Dean in the Schwetzingen and Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald Church Districts of the Evangelical Regional Church in Baden. He had previously worked as a pastor for the parishes of Markdorf and Pforzheim. In retirement, he has taken on commitments in his regional church including membership of the specialist committee on "Worldwide Ecumenism", and he also acts as an advisor on community matters and organisational development. He is the member of Mission 21's board with responsibility for relations with Germany.

Dr. Claudia Hoffmann, Pastor
Member of the Board

Claudia Hoffmann (born in 1977) currently holds the position of an academic assistant in the Department of Theology at the University of Basel. She is an active volunteer in the Church for Children of the Basel-West congregation. Claudia Hoffmann is an ordained minister of the Evangelical-Reformed Church, Canton of Grisons. She served as a pastor in the Zurich-Albisrieden congregation for four years. Her doctoral thesis on the history of the Gereja Kalimantan Evanglis is entitled: “Foreign Encounters; the Tiwah Funeral Rites and the Basel Mission in the perspective of Contact Theology.” As a member of its Commission on Women and Gender, Claudia Hoffmann has been associated with Mission 21 since 2012.



Claudia Bandixen, Pastor, Director

Claudia Bandixen has headed Mission 21 as its Director since August 2012. She studied theology in Basel, Zurich and Montpellier (France), after which she completed her training in management. During the 1990s, she worked on assignments with the Basel Mission in Chile. From 1996 until 2000, she was a member of the Committee of the Basel Mission and was involved in that organisation's Commission for Women. She contributed her professional expertise to the renewal process of the Aargau Regional Church, which she headed as President of the Church Council from 2003 until 2012. Together with the Presidents of Switzerland's regional churches, she launched the international Sylvia Michel Prize for promoting equality between women and men.

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Magdalena Zimmermann, Pastor, Deputy Director, Head of the Education Exchange and Research Department

Magdalena Zimmermann has worked at Mission 21 (previously the Basel Mission) since 1997; she heads the Education Exchange and Research Department. After training and working professionally as a nursing specialist, she studied theology in Basel and Berne.

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Dario Brühlmann, Head of the Communication and Marketing Department and contact for media enquiries

Dario Brühlmann has headed Mission 21's Communication Department since July 2016. He studied theology and intercultural studies, and he has many years' experience in marketing. Dario Brühlmann's career to date has included positions in private industry, the NGO sector and the church.

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Jochen Kirsch, Pastor, Head of the International Relations Department

Jochen Kirsch has headed the International Relations Department since 2014. Prior to this appointment, he worked in various functions in the same department from 2004 until September 2014: as Team Leader for Africa, Responsible Programme Officer for Cameroon, Nigeria and South Sudan, and as Thematic Coordinator for the areas of HIV and Theological Training. Most recently, Jochen Kirsch also took on responsibility for the area of Religion and Development.

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Myriam Pellet, Head of Human Resources

Myriam Pellet has been working at Mission 21 as Head of Human Resources since November 2016. After training as a business economist, Myriam Pellet took a further qualification in personnel management; through her work in an international context, she has accumulated many years of varied professional experience in the Human Resources sector.

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Patrick Hascher, Head of Finance

Patrick Hascher has been working in the Basel Mission House since 1997. His first position was with the Cooperation of Protestant Churches and Missions in German-speaking Switzerland (CPM/KEM), and he has been Head of Finance for Mission 21 since it was founded in 2001. After training as a financial specialist, he worked in an accountancy company and went on to head a financial department in private industry.

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Josefina HurtadoHead of  Women and Gender Desk

Josefina Hurtado Neira has been working at the Mission House since 2013. She is a social anthropologist and has been committed to gender justice for years. In Chile, she was responsible for the introduction of gender mainstreaming at academic level and for raising the awareness of state employees. Previously she worked as a Latin America delegate to the First and Second Synods of Mission 21.

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Women and Gender

Ever since Mission 21 was founded in 2001, it has had a Women and Gender Staff Unit which advocates human rights for women: it aims to establish gender justice and promotes feminist theology, supports networks for women and backs gender mainstreaming.

  • Gender justice
    Mission 21 endeavours to incorporate gender justice as a fixed element in all its activities. We join with women's networks, partner churches and organisations in Africa, Asia and Latin America to seek common paths towards this goal. Depending on the local situation, the objective is to work together to eliminate gender hierarchies and discrimination, while promoting equal opportunities and human dignity.
  • Feminist theology
    Mission 21 is developing a centre of competence for contextual theology – a platform where the viewpoints of Christians in the South can be voiced so that Western-influenced Christianity is not the one and only norm.
  • Networking
    The Fund for the Advancement of Women enables Mission 21 to offer targeted and specific financial support for women. Through this fund, women should obtain equal access to education and legal rights; they should take part in decisions on the basis of democracy and equal rights, and they should gain the power of definition in the church and in society. Women's networks offer scope for new impetus and for participants to strengthen one another.
  • Gender mainstreaming
    Gender mainstreaming is a strategy for promoting equal rights for both genders. It involves an analysis of the differing interests and living situations of women and men, with the objective of deciding which actions are best suited to implementing gender equity. The goal is for gender justice to become an established element of the common rules for society, politics and the church. The impact of gender mainstreaming is evaluated on a regular basis.

Women and Gender: activities and publications

  • Blog of Mission 21's Women's and Gender network
    This blog provides a channel for women to participate in networking and exchange their experiences. The "News", "Portraits", "Tools" and "Recollections" sections carry texts that provide information for women in Mission 21's network and help to create bonds between them. The blog posts ongoing contributions in English, German, Spanish, French and Indonesian.
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  • Women's Letter
    The Women's Letter is an instrument for networking by women – and for women – from four continents, offering a platform for exchange. It is published in English, German, Spanish and Indonesian.
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  • The Fund for the Advancement of Women
    The fund offers financial assistance to strengthen women and women's networks in our partner churches and partner organisations throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America. Women are encouraged to take up positions of leadership and to become effective decision-makers.
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  • Contextual theology
    The Staff Unit arranges speakers and offers lectures, information and specialist advice on feminist theology as seen from the Southern perspective.

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Specialist Commission

The Specialist Commission for Women and Gender provides follow-up for the Staff Unit's work by acting as a multiplier in Switzerland and Germany, and offers support as an expert body.

Berne Regional Office

Mission 21's Regional Office in Berne is integrated into the Ecumenism, Mission and Development Cooperation Office (OeME) of the Reformed Churches of the Cantons of Bern, Jura and Solothurn. The Berne Regional Office enables Bernese church congregations to experience the Worldwide Church. There is a special focus on education and project work with young people and young adults.

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Kevin Ischi

Regional office Bern
Tel: +41 (0)61 260 22 39
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International co-workers

Mission 21 is represented by professional experts working on the ground in its 20 project countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. In their capacity as coordinators, these international co-workers provide the link between Mission 21's programme work and its partner churches and partner organisations at local level. Specialist staff from Switzerland and Germany are also actively involved in the projects. They work as doctors, theologians, technicians or designers. These specialists take up their assignments in response to explicit requests by Mission 21's partner churches and partner organisations. Through their assignments abroad, they hone their intercultural skills and play a key part in supporting Mission 21's international network.

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