Founded in 2002, SHARKPROJECT now counts as one of the largest and most influential organisations in the world.

Team spirit, wide-ranging communication, never-ending ideas and a great deal of dedication. Our staff still all work on a voluntary basis. Rentals and other overheads are covered by our members, the result of which is that all donations flow directly into the projects without incurring any administrative costs. shark species.

SHARKPROJECT is looking for ways to reach out to the public. Widespread press work throughout all sectors of the media enable us to reach millions of people with our message. That is backed up by one of the world’s largest shark-related websites along with lectures, trade fairs and intensive informational activities wherever there are people who are interested in sharks.

Sharkproject International

SHARKPROJECT International is the international umbrella organisation responsible for the conception, coordination and implementation of the worldwide SHARKPROJECT campaigns and activities. In Switzerland, where the organization has its headquarters, it is recognized as a non-profit organization. It is supported in its work by the national organisations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In addition, there are international cooperations with other marine protection organizations.

The members of SHARKPROJECT International are the three national organisations and the naturally elected persons. These elect the international board from their ranks. According to the statutes, all the work of the members and the executive committee is honorary. Neither expenses nor fees are paid.

Sharkproject International

Rebhaldenstrasse 2
8910 Affoltern am Albis

Phone: +41 44 586 50 02
E-Mail: info(at)


Alex Smolinsky (Präsident)
Christine Gstöttner
Denise Smolinsky
Nils Kluger a.i.
Martin Trösch a.i.

Legal members
The country associations connected to Sharkproject International with a license agreement are integrated as legal members. They are represented by their regional chairmen at Sharkproject International.

(Dr Andreas Keppeler a.i.)
(Herbert Futterknecht)
(Denise Smolinsky)

Members with voting rights
A total of 10. seven natural persons (members) and three legal entities (legal members).

Mail: info(at)

Representatives of the Countries


Chairperson: Dr. Andreas Keppeler i.a.
Vice Chair: Nils Kluger i.a.
Vice Chair: Wolfram Koch i.a.
Treasurer : Martin Trösch i.a.


Chairperson: Denise Smolinsky
Vice Chair: Britta Baur
Alex Smolinsky a.i.


Chairperson: Herbert Futterknecht
Vice Chair: Alexander Niedermair
Vice Chair: Romed Kapferer
Treasurer: Martina Zollner
Secretary: Christine Gstöttner
Marketing & PR: Barbara Szvetits

Project Leaders International

School Program: Dieter Hahn
Azores Campaign: Dr. Iris Ziegler
Great White Mystery Project: Herbert und Gabriela Futterknecht
MSC: Dr. Iris Ziegler
SharkAwards: Dr. Iris Ziegler
HandsOff: Christine Gstöttner
Press Spokesman: Nils Kluger
Corporate Identity & Admin: Christine Staacks

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