The IEBA is a leading international association providing education, information and professional development opportunities in the constantly evolving world of international employee benefits. On October 23, 2007, the Swiss Life Network hosted the inaugural meeting of IEBA Switzerland.
The IEBA formally created a branch in Switzerland in September 2007, and held its first meeting, hosted by the Swiss Life Network at its Zurich offices, at the end of October. This was attended by Tim Reay, Chairman of the IBEA, and representatives of well-known Swiss multinational companies and consultants.

IEBA’s mission and activities
The IEBA creates an environment for the development of knowledge about international employee benefit provisions. Working with the UK's Pensions Management Institute, IEBA runs a Diploma in International Employee Benefits (Dip. IEB) to meet the professional needs of individuals working for consultancies, insurance companies and pensions/remuneration and benefits departments of commercial companies around the globe. The association holds an annual dinner, as well as regular meetings on special topics. The annual conference is a highlight of the year, with the next one planned for March 2008 in Brussels.

Switzerland is an important employee benefits market
After branches in the UK and the Netherlands, the IEBA decided to expand its activities to Switzerland, where there was already extensive interest in IEBA’s activities. In addition, Switzerland is home to the European HQs of many large multinationals, and has a well-developed employee benefits market. This means that there is great demand from practitioners for knowledge and networking opportunities. IEBA plans to run a structured lecture course preparing practitioners for the Diploma. In addition, there will be regular meetings as well as an annual dinner.

In future, the IEBA plans to expand its membership from its current 300 members worldwide, and to continue to organise meetings and conferences worldwide.

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