Staff CAUX-IofC 2017
The Team
Initiatives of Change Switzerland


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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Christine Taets | Executive Assistant

Christine Taets started on 14 May 2018 in our office in Geneva as our Executive Assistant. Christine brings extensive experience (about 20 years) in Executive Assistant positions. She has worked many years at the Belgium MFA (Protocol, Directorate for Human Rights and at the department for politics). She has also worked several years as the Executive Assistant at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Delegation in Brussels and at the Headquarters in Geneva (Operations for Europe, Central Asia and North America).



Véronique Chereau | Head of Philanthropy

Veronique Chereau joined the team in April 2018 as Head of Philanthropy, in charge of relationships with donors and funders. Veronique brings over 14 years of international and fundraising experience. After a Master in Management, Veronique worked in South Africa, New Zealand and Europe in the corporate and NGO sectors, raising funds for Oxfam, Habitat for Humanity and WWF International amongst others. Email




Rainer Gude | Strategic Partnerships Manager

Rainer Gude started his work with Initiatives of Change International in 2012 by coordinating the relations with the UN and other International Organizations and missions in Geneva. Since 2018 he took on the role of Strategic Partnerships Manager for Initiatives of Change Switzerland.  He holds a Masters in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of Development and International Studies in Geneva. Before joining IofC, he worked several years in the business and NGO sectors. 

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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 | External Relations Officer

Diego de León Sagot joined CAUX-IofC in March 2016 as External 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 Consultant

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, business and economics translation 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.





Programmes in Switzerland

Brigitt Altwegg | Programme Manager Trustbuilding 

Brigitt Altwegg is Program Manager Trustbuilding and has been part of CAUX-IofC since July 2012. She holds an MA in International Relations from the  Graduate Institute Geneva and an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies the European Peace University. Before joining CAUX-IofC, she worked as Assistant to the Director of the human rights organisation TRIAL International. She is also a professional rock climbing instructor. 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 has been a project coordinator since October 2015, being in charge of the Enriching Encounters series and special events. She is Swiss-Canadian and has a study background of International Relations and Public Management and Policy. She started out with IofC-Switzerland as a conference assistant for the International Peacebuilders' Forum in 2014. Email





Service Centre

Greg Davies | Director Finance, HR & Facilities

Greg Davies joined us in 2018 as Director of the Service Centre responsible for finance, human resources and facilities including the Caux Conference Centre premises and hospitality. He joins us from WBCSD where he was Chief Financial Officer from 2010 to 2018 responsible for finance, HR, IT, administration and events. Prior to that, Greg spent eight years at US multi-national Alcoa Inc. and seven years at the international trade association IATA, where he held senior finance, HR and administration positions at local and international levels. A British national who speaks French fluently, Greg has lived and worked in Switzerland since 1994 and prior to that, in France and the UK. Greg is a Chartered Certified Accountant and holds a business degree from the University of Manchester. 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.




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.




All photos (except for R. Lancaster, U. Chanu, A. Giovannelli, V. Chereau): Nicolas Lieber