School Management

Dr. Christoph Wittmer, Head of School

Dr. Christoph Wittmer studied German Literature and Linguistics, History and Psychology at the University of Zurich and subsequently taught German and History at the Cantonal High Schools Wiedikon and Enge in Zurich. In 2004 he was appointed as Deputy Head of School in the School Leadership Team at the Cantonal High School Enge and from 2010 to 2018 he was Head of School. Christoph Wittmer initiated and led the HSGYM (a network of institutions comprising the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH, the University of Zurich, Zurich Universities of Applied Science and high schools), and also the VSGYM (a network comprising secondary schools and high schools in the Canton of Zurich). In 2016/2017 he chaired the Zurich Conference of Heads of School. As President of the Museumsgesellschaft (museum society) and the Literaturhaus Strauhof, Christoph Wittmer has close ties with the cultural life of the city of Zurich.


T +41 81 851 3002

Michael Gwerder, Deputy Head of School

Michael Gwerder studied German, English and Spanish at University of Lausanne (Licence ès lettres). This was followed by a teaching assignment in German Language, Literature and Culture at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and at University of Limerick. From 2003 to 2013 he was a teacher and Deputy Head of School at the Swiss School of Bogotá and Santiago de Chile before being apppointed Head of School at the Swiss School in Bangkok. Alongside his activities as Deputy Head of School, he optained a MSc in Educational Leadership at University of Leicester. Back in Switzerland, from 2013 to 2016, Michael Gwerder was Head of School in Giswil.

Since August 2016 Michael Gwerder has been Deputy Head of School at the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz. He also teaches English in the Matura programme and German in the international department.


T +41 81 851 3022

Dr. Karsten Plöger, Head of International Studies

Dr. Karsten Plöger graduated from the University of Kiel (Germany) with the Staatsexamen in History, English and Philosophy before going on to the University of Oxford to pursue his doctoral research. From 2003 to 2007 he was a Research Fellow in Late Medieval and Early Modern History at the German Historical Institute London. Having obtained his teaching qualification in Berlin, Dr. Karsten Plöger joined the staff of the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz as Deputy-Head of Grosshaus and a Teacher of Ethics, History, and Politics in the school's IB and Matura/Abitur sections in February 2010. Since August 2011 Dr Karsten Plöger has been Head of International Studies at the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz.


T +41 81 851 3048

Roman Grossrieder, Head of Finance and Services

After receiving his Bachelor of Business Administration Roman Grossrieder worked for various companies in the education and tourism industry and from 2005 to 2007 and 2009 to 2014 as a project manager for Grischconsulta AG in Chur. In 2011 he completed his MBA in General Management at the HTW Chur and since 2000, has repeatedly taken on teaching roles at a variety of schools and institutes.

Since March 2014 Roman Grossrieder has been Head of Finance and Services at the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz.


T +41 81 851 3006