Our People

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Management Team


Nico Luchsinger, Co-Executive Director, Programming

Nico Luchsinger graduated from the University of Zurich with a Masters in History and Economics. He worked for Neue Zürcher Zeitung, where he regularly commented on new technology and its effects on culture and society. From 2009 to 2013, he was a co-founder and CEO of Sandbox  (now Thousand Network), a global community for young entrepreneurs with over a 1000 hand-selected members from all fields in over 40 cities worldwide. Until the end of 2015, Nico Luchsinger was responsible for product and strategy at Mila, a startup based in Zurich and Berlin, which has developed a marketplace for local services and was sold to Swisscom in 2015.

Contact Nico Luchsinger via email, LinkedIn or Twitter.


Katharina Viana-Bachmann, Co-Executive Director, Outreach

Katharina Viana-Bachmann is a graduate of the Textile, Fashion & Technology College in Zurich, and worked for ten years as a textile buyer for European retailers. She spent three years with her family in Singapore, followed by three years in Tokyo. Back in Switzerland, Katharina Viana-Bachmann established the Swiss branch of the global non-profit organization Room to Read, and was responsible for the business development for 6 years, after which she moved to a Swiss non-profit organization, where she worked as Head of Fundraising and Communication. Katharina earned a DAS in Fundraising Management from ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences. 

Contact Katharina Viana-Bachmann via email or LinkedIn.


Serena Jung, Program Manager email

Christelle Magnaye-Taillens, Development Officer email

Désirée Meili, Project Manager email

Rebecca Farner, Project Manager email