Anne Bickel is Director of the People & Learning department at Swisscontact since 2019. She joined Swisscontact in 2009 as head of Swisscontact’s own Development Programme with over 20 projects in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. She was also responsible for partner relations with private and public sector partners, mainly in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. From 2003 to 2009 she was member of the executive board in the development organisation "Bread for all", leading the department Information, Education and Marketing. She worked as a teacher for fourteen years and was engaged in the development of different learning methods and as lecturer in teacher training at the Directorate of Education of the Canton of Berne and in further education training courses at the University of Fribourg. Anne Bickel holds an MBA from the University of Applied Science and Arts of Northwestern Switzerland and a degree in Fundraising Management from the University of Fribourg.
Samuel Bon took over as Swisscontact CEO and Executive Director in October 2011. Before coming to Swisscontact, he had worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva, where he held various senior positions. These included Managing Director for South-East Asia & Pacific and Delegate and Team Leader in Asia and Africa. Before moving to the Geneva Headquarters, he had lived abroad for seven years and was in charge of implementing extensive ICRC projects in Myanmar, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Congo and Sudan. He holds an Executive MBA from the International Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne and a M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Zurich.
Since 2007, Stephanie Dreifuss has held different positions at Swisscontact. Most recently, before joining the Executive Board in February 2020, she was based in Morocco as Regional Director for North and West Africa, overseeing 23 projects in 7 countries, mainly in the field of technical vocational training and labour market insertion. Overall, she worked five years at Head Office, where she built up the Acquisitions Department in 2013. She spent seven years in two African countries, managing an inclusive market development project in Uganda and opening up the country office in Morocco. Stephanie holds a Post-Graduate Degree in International Relations from the University of New South Wales in Sydney and a Graduate Degree in Political Science from the University of Geneva.
Florian Meister is the Deputy Executive Director of Swisscontact. As Director of Field Operations, he oversees implementation of Swisscontact projects in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. In this position he draws from his many years of experience implementing Swisscontact’s development approach in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Central America, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Cote-d’Ivoire. Since 1993, Florian Meister has held various positions within Swisscontact, including Project Expert in Bolivia, Country Director in Ecuador, and most recently Africa Director at the Zurich Head Office. Florian Meister holds a Post-Graduate Degree in International Development from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) and a licentiate from the University of Bern.
Stefan Schneider joined Swisscontact as CFO in 2019. After finishing his Master of Business Administration at the University of Zurich he started for a big 4-auditor in Switzerland and Poland, before moving as Head Business Development to a Polish insurance company. From there he switched to the corporate center of that insurance Group in Switzerland as a strategic projects controller. Later he took over the role as finance director for a multinational start-up and a family office before running for several years his own company as a management consultant, project and interim manager mainly in the insurance and wholesale industry.
Philippe Schneuwly is a private sector development expert with 20 years experience in design, implementation and evaluation of economic development projects, holding a PhD in economics from the University of St.Gall (Switzerland). He joined Swisscontact in 2009 as Hub Manager South America. Between 2011 and 2014, he established a new country office in Colombia. From 2014 to 2018 he was Regional Director for Central America, based in Mexico City. In 2019 he has taken over the position of Director Partners & Clients in Zurich. Prior to working with Swisscontact, he worked as a consultant to different companies, international organizations and multilateral development banks. Philippe is author of studies and publications on international trade, competitiveness, value chain development and renewable energy. He has lived and worked in eight countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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