Staff CAUX-IofC 2017
The Team
CAUX-IofC Foundation


Barbara Hintermann
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 Renia
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
Nick Foster | Forum Director

Nick 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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Caux Peace and Leadership Programme

Phoebe Gill
Phoebe Gill | Caux Peace and Leadership Programme Manager





Darren Bird
Darren Bird | Caux Peace and Leadership Programme Coordinator and Trainer






Centres of Excellence

Chris Evans
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



Stephanie Buri
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
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
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
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).


IT Department

Laurent Fontaine
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 Lucerne office
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
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
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 Müller-Fischler

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


Micheline Vincent SahyMicheline Vincent Sahy | Administrative Assistant






Rahel Isenschmied
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 Bücheler
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
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

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
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.



Jovan Petrovic
Jovan Petrovic | Technician

Jovan Petrovic serves as a general-purpose technician within the maintenance team. With an extensive experience of 11 years in the field of renovation and sub-trade, Jovan is now in charge of the renovation of the Caux Palace bedrooms.



Jérôme Bertini
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
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
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
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


Graziella Falconnier | Caux Library Shop Supervisor


Nataliia Verdegaal | Commercial Clerk Caux Bookshop


Initiatives of Change International / Geneva Office

Rainer Gude
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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Photos (R. Gude, M. Bättig, C. Keller, F. Büecheler, S. Mueller, B. Altwegg, D. de Leon Sagot, S. Thalmann, N. Foster, N. Rénia, B. Hintermann): Nicolas Lieber

Photo S. Buri: Julia Zahner