Board of Directors

Dr. Ernst Staehelin

Chairman of the Board


Dr. Ernst Staehelin is since 2012 Chairman of the Board of the River Advice Group. In 2005 he founded his attorney-at-law and notary office staehelin olano. Previously, he was partner of various renowned law firms: VISCHER, Gloor & Christ, Hockenjos and Partners, all based in Basel.

He completed his Master of Laws LL.M. at the University of Virginia, School of Law and his doctorate at the University of Basel (Dr.iur.).

Dr. Ernst Staehelin is member or Chairman or member of various companies’ Supervisory Boards in different industries.


Robert Straubhaar

Vice Chairman of the Board/CEO


Robert Straubhaar founded River Advice in 2004. He is CEO of the Group, shareholder and Vice Chairman of the Board.

Previously, Robert Straubhaar worked for Grand Circle Cruise Line, GRC Global River Cruises/Uniworld, Viking River Cruises, KD Triton and Natural van Dam in executive management positions.

Robert Straubhaar has a captain’s license (river) and attended advanced training in the areas of Board & Strategy, as well as Business Management.

He is Swiss Army Lieutenant Colonel A.D. and holds various Supervisory Board positions with ship owner companies.


Jelle van der Steeg

Member of the Board


Jelle van der Steeg is since 2014 Partner at Social Impact Ventures NL, whom are providing growth capital and hands-on venture assistance for Dutch socialenterprises that create market-based solutions to social and environmental challenges, generating sustainable social impact and financial returns

He worked until 2012 for Waterland Private Equity, was responsible for - amongst others - investments in the travel industry, and built up the office for Waterland in Germany.

Jelle van der Steeg graduated from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and completed a Master of Science in Econometrics.


Felix Ammann

Member of the Board/CFO


Felix Ammann is since 2006 at River Advice.

Previously, he worked in senior positions in international logistics and transport sector: at Via Mat, at KD-Triton as head of the shipping company and Deputy General Manager, at warehouses Aarau AG, at Alpina Container Service and at the Schweizer Reederei.

Felix Ammann has a captain's license (river) and a diploma as a federal Freight Manager.