Farrol Kahn

Farrol Kahn is the founder of the Swiss World Art Forum (SWAF). He is responsible for the strategy, marketing, fundraising and programme of SWAF.

Contact Details

Güterstrasse 11
Postfach 107
3780 Gstaad

email: farrol.kahn@bluewin.ch
phone: +41 795682842

He is a journalist and author who has written numerous articles for the Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, New York Times and also has been interviewed countless times by magazines and newspapers – he was on the front page of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). He has appeared in many TV programmes including CNN, BBC, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, ITV etc. (See www.farrol-kahn.com)

From 1996 to 2007, he was the director of the non-profit Aviation-Health Institute (AHI) in Oxford. It was founded on the back of his book, Curse of Icarus, which demonstrated the health risks of flying.

Sir David Weatherall, the Regius professor of Medicine at Oxford University suggested the establishment of AHI.

Global businesses like BP, Lloyds of London, Marks and Spencer etc. supported the AHI.


  1. Research. Instrumental in instigating UK and EU governments to provide £2 million for research into Deep Vein Thrombois (DVT)
  2. Global Awareness campaigns - over 70 worldwide: Governments - UK, House of Lords, EU, US (Dept. of Transport); Organisations - Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Heath Organisation (WHO); US Bar Association; Airports Council International (ACI) and National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA)
  3. Media. Over 400 articles and 40 television programmes were generated on the issue of health risks of flying. As a result, most airline websites have advice on healthy flying.
  4. Four books on aerospace and aviation medicine: The Curse of Icarus (Routledge), Why Flying Endangers Your Health (Aurora), Arrive in Better Shape(HarperCollins) and Airwise (Random House). All are available on Amazon.com
  5. He worked as a business consultant advising aviation clients on healthy flying. He organised Healthy Flying events at various airports: Heathrow was a world first in 2000; Copenhagen airport in 2006; Dublin in 2008 and Malta in 2008-2009. Airbus 380. Recommended introduction of the quietest cabins in the sky for the world’s largest airliner which was launched in 2007. Scholl. Invented concept of flight socks which generated sales of over £10 million in the first year.
  6. World expert on air-related Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

He has a life-long interest in art and his research on the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke led him to Switzerland where the poet spent his last years and wrote his masterpiece, the Duino Elegies. He was impressed by the landscape and history of the country and has written diverse travel books such as the Valais Canton, Crans-Montana, Lausanne, Geneva and Gstaad (see books).

Current projects


A new book, “Road Trip with Rilke”, which will trace routes around Switzerland followed by Rilke during his time there.

Gstaad Concours d’Elegance. 

Scheduled for August 2022 under the auspicies of SWAF and combining interests in Art and Fashion, details of this prestigeous event can be found here www.gstaadconcours.ch