Staff CAUX-IofC 2017
The Team
CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation


Barbara HintermannSecretary General

Barbara Hintermann has been Secretary General of the Foundation since March 2015. She has 20 years of experience in the humanitarian and corporate sectors, occupying diverse executive leadership and managing positions in the Middle East, Africa, South America, and Europe. She is a strong believer in people and their capacity to further develop their competences and skills, passionate about managing through people and making a difference. She is oriented towards tangible solutions.

Ms. Hintermann is also in charge of the Foundation's Fundraising Department. 

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Nathalie RéniaExecutive Assistant

Nathalie Rénia has been the Executive Assistant for CAUX–IofC since November 2015. She previously worked in the financial sector for many years where she had the opportunity to learn and evolve. The economic crisis in this sector prompted Nathalie to change her career path: she made the decision to work in a field more in line with her professional expectations.  Before working for the Foundation, she held the position of Executive Assistant with Initiatives of Change International in Geneva for four years. Email


Caux Forum

Nick Foster | Forum Director

Nick Foster has been Caux Conferences Manager since 2013. He has a study background in arts and psychology education and has lived around the world and worked in education, the NFP sector & industry, run his own manufacturing company in South Africa, and worked as a consultant to businesses about partnership development and staff retention and burnout. Nick has been involved with IofC for a long time, first through ‘Making Britain a Home’ and then through ‘Foundations For Freedom’ in Eastern Europe and Russia.

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Eliana Jimeno | Towards an Inclusive Peace Co-coordinator

Eliana Jimeno is a political scientist from Bogotá, Colombia. She holds an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University, thanks to a Fulbright scholarship. Currently, Eliana is doing research on the role of symbolic reparations in post-conflict societies and hybrid approaches to peacebuilding. Throughout her professional career, Eliana has worked on the impact of the Colombian conflict. Recently she worked as a consultant for three years with IOM and Colombia’s National Center for Historical Memory and she previously worked advising internal displaced, advocating for vulnerable populations as an institutional lobbyist, and also as a policy analyst at Bogota’s planning office. Eliana’s passion for her country led her to participate in the Caux Scholars Program in 2012. There she learned about the importance of personal transformation and the undeniable link between inner peace and our capacity to serve, more than peacebuilders as bridge-builders, to walk the path to truly acknowledge the humanity in other, in spite of his deeds, as a means to build reconciliation and sustainable peace. As a co-coordinator of Towards an Inclusive Peace forum, Eliana seeks to create a space where challenging but meaningful conversations about the root causes of violent extremism can take place. Email


Johannes Langer | Towards an Inclusive Peace Co-coordinator

Johannes Langer is originally from Austria but is living in Bogota, Colombia, since 2013. Thanks to master degrees in political science, history and conflict resolution, Johannes has a wide-range of perspectives to tackle challenges. In the last three years, Johannes has been teaching international relations at the Universidad de San Buenaventura in Bogotá with a research project on transitional justice, more specifically the impact of truth commissions in post-conflict societies. The first contact with IofC was established as a Caux Scholar in 2012 and Johannes returned to Caux in 2013 as the coordinator of this program. Together with Eliana Jimeno, Johannes is excited to co-coordinate the Towards an Inclusive Peace forum with the hope to bring people from around the globe and many different contexts together and allow for challenging discussions that can shift extremist narratives in their communities towards new understandings how a more inclusive peace can be reached. Email


Irina Fedorenko | Caux Dialogue on Land and Security Coordinator

Irina Federenko is doing a PhD in Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. She has co-founded an Environmental NGO and worked for private companies and charities in the areas of research, communications and environmental protection. She is also a co-founder of a successful reforestation start-up BioCarbon Engineering, and a social enterprise BubbleNut Wash. Irina has a bachelor's degree in public relations from Far Eastern Federal University of Vladivostok and a Masters of Environmental Science from the University of Oxford, Green Templeton College. Email


Shontaye Abegaz | Just Governance for Human Security Coordinator

Born and raised in the United States, Shon Abegaz has also lived in Europe, Africa and North America. She has been a devoted volunteer for various organizations since adolescence and her interests include:  peace building, intercultural dialog, human security and good governance. Volunteer work began for Shon with Initiatives of Change in Washington, DC in 2004 where she was immediately struck by the inclusiveness and ‘global thinking’ by everyone she met. Shon was drawn to the focus on the human factor in global change as a unique aspect of Caux and believes it is impossible to tackle the topic of human security without focusing on the human factor. Shon’s contribution to the Caux Conferences began in 2011 with the Human Security Forum. She has since grown with the Just Governance for Human Security forum beginning with its first year in 2013. Shon has held various roles within the forum and currently serves as its Coordinator. Email


Maylis Guillou-Keredan | CATS Operations Manager

Freshly graduated from her International and European Legal Career Masters in 2016, Maylis Guillou-Keredan spent a year and half between volunteering in Cambodia and an internship focusing on Children’s Rights. It led her to work for AEDE (Agir Ensemble pour les Droits de l'Enfant), a French association advocating for Children’s Rights in France, which brought her to work punctually with Initiatives of Change France. She started to work as Operations Manager for the CATS Conference in August 2017. 



Phoebe Gill | Caux Peace and Leadership Programme Manager

Phoebe Gill has been involved for the last twenty years in training management within the public and private sectors. She led the training arm of one of the local municipal governments in England and contributed to the creation and implementation of strategy for a leading corporate training organization.   Having a passion for communication and conflict resolution, she developed, with colleagues, a new methodology for community dialogue in the UK for the organization Hope in the Cities.  This was pivotal in bringing about change in some of the major cities. She spends as much time as she can working with a shelter and creche in the township of Langa in South Africa. More recently, Phoebe has been involved in the creation of the new Caux Peace and Leadership Programme, creating a modular approach to learning for a group of people from over 60 countries, enabling the message of Caux to go out to the world through experiential learning and service to the community.


Darren Bird | Caux Peace and Leadership Programme Coordinator and Trainer

Darren Bird works as the Training Co-ordinator for CAUX-IofC. In 2017, he is developing the Caux Peace and Leadership Programme. He has spent all his professional career working with children and young people, working for NGOs, local government, and private practice in the fields of playwork, education, youth work and children’s rights. For 12 years he worked as Chief Executive Officer of Funky Dragon – the Children and Young People’s Assembly for Wales. Since leaving Funky Dragon he has worked as an International Children’s Rights Advocate and Consultant. Darren’s work consists of advising organizations on how to listen to children. This includes working with the Council of Europe, different Youth Fora or Parliaments, Eurochild and the Learning for Well-Being Foundation. He also works as the Participation Officer for the Children as Actors for Transforming Society (CATS) conference in Switzerland.



Chris Evans | Head of Centre of Excellence IofC Essence

Chris Evans was born, and now lives with his wife Anne, on his family’s farm in the west of England. In addition to farming, he has worked with Initiatives of Change in one volunteer capacity or another since 1969. From 1975 – 1997 he was lead coordinator of the Caux Conference for Business and Industry. He was treasurer of IofC UK from 1991 – 2004, and helped launch a training programme in Eastern Europe (Foundations For Freedom). From 2003 – 2008 he served on the International Council of Initiatives of Change, and from 2010 –2012 as Chair of the Trustees of IofC UK. Presently he is on the steering groups of two IofC programmes: Addressing Europe’s Unfinished Business and Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace. He brings all this experience to the new role with the Centre of Excellence for the Essence of IofC, along with a strong conviction about the importance of the role Caux can play in the future. Email



Rob Lancaster | Caux Design Team

Born and growing up in Australia, since 2007 Rob Lancaster has worked with more than 30 different teams, primarily with Initiatives of Change, on trust building projects and programs in Asia, Africa, and Eastern and Western Europe. His experience ranges from Leadership programs in Caux, Switzerland, to the reconciliation process and grassroots consultation in South Sudan, to outreach programs in North-East India, as well as process design and facilitation in the not-for-profit sector; most recently, with the Wikimedia Foundation. Rob has degrees with Honours in both Law (LLB) and Arts (International Relations/French) from the Australian National University, as well as a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Oxford. He is currently working as an independent consultant and part time as Special Projects Advisor to the School of Government in Oxford. 


Jonathan Dudding | Caux Design Team

Jonathan Dudding has been working internationally as a trainer and facilitator for over twenty years. Trained by the Institute of Cultural Affairs and specializing in their methods (now known as the Technology of Participation), Jonathan has worked extensively in Europe, Africa and the Middle East with governments, international, national and local organizations. In addition to facilitating large and small events and training others in facilitation, Jonathan also offers advice and support on how to incorporate participatory approaches into sectors where the value of participation is less recognized. Jonathan’s involvement with Caux started in 2011 to help with the design and to provide training and support to the facilitators of various Caux Conferences. He is now a full member of the Caux Design Team. Jonathan has also worked with Initiatives of Change outside Caux, with ICA:UK working in partnership with CAUX-IofC to run courses on Facilitation in Geneva.


Bhav S Patel | Caux Design Team

Bhav Patel designs and facilitates learning and development for people, organisations, and networks. He believes that in an increasingly uncertain world, there are no off-the-shelf ideal pre-defined solutions. Instead organisations can find their evolutionary capacity through engaging the hearts and minds of their own people. This leads to work that could be about anything from strategic development, improving organisational processes, to community groups discovering their shared vision. He also works as a trainer delivering workshops that explore skills in self-management, communication, coaching, designing and delivering training and facilitation. Bhav has a Masters in Management Psychology along with many accreditations and has worked in many countries for a mix of social and corporate clients.



Stephanie Buri | Director of Communications and Knowledge Management

Stephanie Buri is Director of Communications and Knowledge Management and has been part of CAUX-IofC since April 2014. After a B.A. in International Studies from the University of San Francisco and a M.S. in Cultures and Development Studies at the KU Leuven in Belgium, Stephanie specialized in Communications for Development. Her previous work experiences include the German Marshall Fund, The Women's Forum for the Economy and Society and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Email


Sabrina Thalmann | Communications Officer 

Sabrina Thalmann joined CAUX-IofC as Communications Officer in December 2015. She is in charge of managing the Caux website and promoting Caux Forum events. She holds a B.A. in Contemporary History and German Literature, a M.A. in Education and a M.A. in Political Science. Sabrina previously worked as an intern for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. She also worked several years as a German teacher. Email


Diego de Leon Sagot | Media and Public Relations Officer

Diego de León Sagot joined CAUX-IofC in March 2016 as Media and Public Relations Officer. He is in charge of developing and strengthening CAUX-IofC media relations, managing institutional social media accounts and promoting CAUX-IofC activities in Switzerland. He has a background in Political Sciences and International Relations and holds a M.S. on Human Rights. He has more than 10 years of working experience in the field of NGOs, focusing on issues related to human rights, international advocacy and communication strategies. He also has a background as journalist, being granted Permanent Correspondent status at the UN Office in Geneva for several years.

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Ulrike Ott Chanu | Webmaster

Ulrike Ott Chanu has been mandated as the Webmaster of the Caux website since February 2014. After studying English, French and History she worked as a teacher in Germany until marriage to a Frenchman not only made her change country but also retrain professionally. She studied International Logistics and worked for various shipping companies until she opened a B&B in Normandy in 2009. She now divides her time between her work for the foundation and IofC International, her guests, family and a range of farm animals (not necessarily in that order).



Laurent Fontaine | IT Manager

Laurent Fontaine joined CAUX-IofC in January 2017 as IT manager. He is in charge of maintaining and developing all the IT services for the foundation. He holds a BS degree in Information technology. Laurent has more than 15 years of experience having worked for large international corporations in Europe and Asia Pacific. He also worked as a Knowledge Management senior consultant and project director in Swiss consulting firms for the past 7 years.



Cyril Michaud | Archivist

Cyril Michaud has been the Foundation's Archivist since 2015. He is in charge of the everyday management of the Foundation’s collections as well as implementing necessary steps to preserve and conserve documents of historical, administrative and legal importance. He has graduated in History and Political Science at the University of Lausanne, with a speciality in “History : research, usage and enhancement of sources”. He also works at the University as a graduate assistant and is writing a contemporary History thesis on the role of the Moral Rearmament in Switzerland between 1945 and 1965. Email



Programmes in Switzerland

Brigitt Altwegg | Programme Manager Switzerland

Brigitt Altwegg has been Programme Manager for Switzerland since July 2012. She has a study background in international relations and peace and conflict studies and has worked as an assistant to the Director of a human rights organization. She is also a professional rock climbing guide. Email



Annika Hartmann de Meuron | Programme Manager Ethical Leadership in Business

As a Programme Manager Ethical Leadership in Business, Annika Hartmann de Meuron develops all-year activities on ethical business practices, which offer companies the opportunity to exchange with peers, get to know related guidelines and to experience the specific CAUX- IofC ethics approach. She has worked for many years as a Corporate Social Responsibility Consultant for the Philias Foundation and has a background in communications at the Global Humanitarian Forum and the PR-Agency Rochat & Partners. Email


Sofia Mueller | Project Coordinator 

Sofia Mueller is the Project Coordinator Switzerland for the Foundation’s 70th anniversary event. She is Swiss-Canadian and studied International Relations at the University of Geneva. She started out with CAUX-IofC as an intern for the International Peacebuilders' Forum in 2014. Email




Service Centre

Ludovic Lafont | Service Centre Director

Ludovic Lafont joined the CAUX-IofC Foundation as Service Centre Director in June.  He worked 9 years in the private sector (banking and auditing) and he brings 7 years of experience in managing Finance, HR and premises for the International Committee of the Red Cross. Ludovic has been involved in several transformational projects and he loves being part of multicultural teams. Email


Nataliia Verdegaal Administrative Assistant







Rahel Isenschmied | Hospitality Manager

A passionate hotel manager, Rahel Isenschmied has a higher degree in tourism management as well as a certificate for hotel and restaurant management. Having served for more than 15 years managing a Swiss Historic Hotel, Rahel Isenschmied joined the Foundation at the end of 2016 as Hospitality Manager for the Caux Palace – Conference and Seminar Centre. Reception, service quality and innovation feature amongst her priorities while keeping a particular emphasis on showcasing Swiss Hotel Service traditions. Email


Fabian Büecheler | Caux Reservations Officer

Fabian Büecheler is the Caux Reservations Officer. During and after his apprenticeship in the Hotel & Tourism sector he had the opportunity to work in various hotels, restaurants and bars all over the German speaking part of Switzerland. He started his career with the Foundation in 2011 as Executive Assistant. He now is in charge of processing all the Caux Conference reservations. Email


Elsa Biruk | Housekeeping







Christoph Keller | Facility Manager

Christoph Keller is the Facility Manager of the Caux Conference Centre, taking care of the buildings' maintenance and renovation. He has been working with the Foundation since 1982, first as a volunteer, in India and then in Caux. Originally trained as a mechanical engineer, since 2008 he has been the Facility Manager of the Caux Palace and the Villa Maria, where he lived with his family until 2011. He is married and has three adult children.


Adrien Giovannelli Head of Maintenance

Adrien Giovannelli started working in August 2016 for the CAUX-IofC Foundation as Head of Maintenance and brings with him 10 years of experience in the construction field in France and 3 years as Duty Manager for a Swiss Hotel Management school. He now works closely with Christoph Keller on the renovations and is in charge of the maintenance department for the Caux premises. Adrien is a real aficionados of photography.


Grégor Léchaire | Technician

Grégor Léchaire stems from the automotive industry where he worked for more than 17 years as a coachbuilder. He joined the Foundation in 2013 as a caretaker and helped with multiple maintenance works and renovations. Grégor is now part of the maintenance team and takes care of the parks and gardens of the Caux estate.



Jérôme Bertini | Painter

Jérôme Bertini comes from Nice (France), where he worked as a painter for a local company for 17 years, and 7 years as a craftsman. He joined the maintenance team in Caux in September 2016 as a painter.



Daniel Egli | Carpenter



Emilie Parati | HR Manager

Emilie Parati joined the team in November 2016 as Human Resources Manager. After studying at a hotel management school in Lausanne, Emilie worked for several years in the private sector and more specifically in the field of human resources. In 2013, she took up the position of Human Resources Manager in a 4* hotel. With this experience and a diploma in staff management, she decided to leave the world of hotel management to work in a sector more suited to her convictions.




Michael Bättig | Accounting Assistant

Michael Bättig has been working for the Foundation as Accounting Assistant since 2010. Besides general accounting tasks within the Foundation’s finance department he is also responsible for the billing of the conference fees. He is also the contact person for any IT related question in our offices. Michael has a commercial education background with experience in trust-related work, but has also worked in other commercial and technical areas in the past.



Caux Books / Caux Bookshop

Andrew Stallybrass | Caux  Books Manager

Andrew Stallybrass started working ‘full time’ with IofC in 1967 as he participated in some of the travelling shows. For many years, he was part of the team carrying and planning the conferences in Caux, and working with public relations for the Caux Centre. Andrew is currently Caux Books Manager. He is also a lay preacher, and was long active in the Geneva Inter-Faith Platform. He holds a post-graduate certificate in theology from the University of Geneva. Email



Initiatives of Change International / Geneva Office

Rainer Gude | Chargé de Mission

Rainer Gude took on the post of Chargé de Mission in January 2012. He now coordinates Initiatives of Change International’s relations with the UN and other International Organizations and embassies in Geneva. He studied Theology and International Studies at Boston College and International Affairs at the Graduate Institute of Development and International Studies in Geneva. Before joining IofC, he worked several years in the business sector.

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All photos (except for E. Jimeno, J. Langer, I. Fedorenko, S. Abegaz, R. Lancaster, J. Dudding, B. Patel, S. Buri, U. Chanu, M. Vincent Sahy, R. Isenschmied, A. Giovannelli): Nicolas Lieber