Philippe Garbani

Former prefect and former president of the francophone council for the bilingual Bienne district.

 “In fact, I come from the Italian language and I have always spoken several languages and always try to learn new ones. But through school, it is the French language that settled at the heart of my culture. This is the reason why I loved to preside over the francophone council in Bienne. It also explains why I am supporting ACEL, created and directed by Patrick Amstutz. The very integration of ACEL within the bilingual city of Bienne symbolizes the importance of French culture within our multilingual society.”

Philippe Garbani was born in 1946 in Bienne. Actively involved in social affairs and education, from 1969 to 1999 (Director of the center Drop-in in Bienne; Familial consultation room in co-therapy, teaching of sociology in a specialised school, then, from 2000 to 2010, he was the last French speaking prefect for the district of Bienne. He was President of the Francophone council for the bilingual Bienne district, from 2011 to 2014 and President of the Musical federation from the Jura from 2011 to 2015. He is currently a member on several social committees and a member of the Bienne Philharmonic Society.