Philipp Ryf
Managing Director, Head of Campaigns & Politics

Philipp Ryf

Philipp transitioned to the role of managing director of Sentience in December 2022 where he leads our campaign work. He has been one of the main drivers behind Sentience’s success story since its foundation in 2014. He previously held a senior position on the board and was part of the leadership team for the initiative to abolish factory farming.

Philipp brings more than 10 years of campaign experience from several NGOs and political groups to Sentience and has been involved in the animal rights movement for over 15 years. He holds degrees in political science, economics and sustainable development. He enjoys working with a team of young professionals who are striving to make the world a place where fewer sentient beings suffer. Outside of work, Philipp likes to live life at a more leisurely pace. He enjoys philosophical debates over coffee or a glass of wine. He’s never without his bicycle. There are rumours that he only ever walks outdoors when he’s hiking.

Articles by Philipp Ryf

The “invisible” animals need your help

The “invisible” animals need your help

Acknowledging the capacity for suffering as a crucial moral criterion is the core concern of Sentience. Therefore, we aim to give a voice to those animals whose well-being receives no attention in our society - the “invisible” animals.

The “invisible” animals need your help
One donation, double the impact ✊

One donation, double the impact ✊

Our voice for the animals is more important than ever. Until the end of December, every donation to Sentience will be doubled. For you, this means: one donation, double the impact!

One donation, double the impact ✊
A strong alliance for animals

A strong alliance for animals

In collaboration with organizations that supported the initiative to abolish factory farming last year, we devoted two days to exploring ways to enhance the well-being of animals in Swiss agriculture.

A strong alliance for animals
Sentience becomes the hundredth member of the Open Wing Alliance

Sentience becomes the hundredth member of the Open Wing Alliance

Sentience is the first Swiss organization to join the alliance, which was founded in 2016. In doing so, our organization is committing to become an even stronger advocate for the interests of chickens at home and abroad in the future.

Sentience becomes the hundredth member of the Open Wing Alliance
Key Learnings 2022

Key Learnings 2022

Both of our initiatives represented landmark achievements for Sentience. They shaped the public discourse in 2022 and contributed to the slow inculcation of animal ethics into mainstream society. Yet, there is room for improvement.

Key Learnings 2022
Annual Report 2022

Annual Report 2022

The past year was a huge milestone in the recent history of our association. With the Primate Initiative in Basel and the national referendum on factory farming, two proposals of historical impor­tance came to the ballot box.

Annual Report 2022