Toni Ruttimann, Bridge Builder for the World


An Update

By Roberto Mori

Milan, Italy

There were a few moments of unnatural silence before the almost 1,000 Delegates granted the Speaker with an endless standing ovation (more than 5 minutes!).

Those who had the privilege of being there, vividly remember the key-note presentation by Toni Ruttimann, the Swiss bridge builder, at the opening ceremony of the 22nd IPMA World Congress in Roma (November 9th, 2008). Indeed Toni had delivered a touching and impressive example of the unbelievable achievements that determination, creativity, initiative along with deeply rooted human values could lead to.

In the long time elapsed since, Toni has continued helping people in South America and South-East Asia to build bridges that significantly improve the quality and safety of their lives. His record to date includes 730 bridges serving 2 Million persons, which have been built together with the interested populations in Ecuador, Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Costa Rica, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia.


One of Toni’s bridges in Nam Tee, Kachin State, Myanmar

The Times of London has defined him as one of the world’s more elusive heroes.

On the occasion of Toni’s recent visit to Italy, both an association for active citizenship of Arese – a center of 25,000 inhabitants very close to Milano, famous for its Alfa Romeo Museum and former Alfa Romeo premises – and a local newspaper organized two presentations of his that registered an overall audience of 1,300.

Toni’s activity has been introduced by the newspaper Director as a dedication to a unique mission. Indeed his dedication and motivation are as astonishing as the related achievements. Stand up and let’s build it together: this way Toni has motivated and led peasants, women, kids until their own bridges have been completely built.


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About the Author

Roberto Mori

Milan, Italy


Roberto Mori
has an extensive background in Project Management of international turn-key projects of industrial plants, oil & gas and iron & steel sectors. He has covered several functions in project teams, up to the roles of Senior Project Manager, Projects Director and Portfolio Manager. His background includes also experience as Procurement Director and Operations Manager for the same type of projects portfolio. Today he is Director Special Projects in Tenova, one of the world’s leaders for iron, steel, mining and material handling technologies. (http://www.tenovagroup.com/)

Roberto Mori has been member of the Italian National Association of Plant Engineering (ANIMP) since the early 90’s, taking major part in the activities performed by its Project Management Section, IPMA Italy, of which he was President until February 2015. Information about ANIMP can be found at www.animp.it/IPMA

He was Chairman of International Project Management Association (IPMA) 2013- 2014, after having served as Vice President and President for four years. He has been Prize Winner of the IPMA Project Excellence Award 2006 and obtained the IPMA Otto Zieglmeier’s Award for Excellent Project Management Performance in 2008. Today he is member of the Jury for IPMA Project Excellence Awards. More about IPMA at http://www.ipma.ch/

Member of Scientific Committees for international conferences, author of published papers on project management topics, speaker at national and international congresses; he is also teacher for courses on project, risk and contract management.

Roberto Mori can be contacted at [email protected].