Meet our Singapore team 

The Swiss Association Committee


Lionel Berthod

joined in July 2016

About Lionel: He holds a MSc from HEC Lausanne in Business Information Systems and has worked around 20 years in the insurance, banking and consulting services in Switzerland and Europe. He seized with enthusiasm the opportunity of a new position in Singapore and relocated in January 2016. His first contacts with SAS motivated him not to let the VP position vacant any longer but to join the committee, take an active part in the life in the Swiss community, network and enjoy the people and places of this astonishing country. 
After almost three years in this position he stepped up to take over the role of President in April 2019.

Favorite Local Dishes: Ayam buah keluak, black pepper tiger prawn, prata double egg

Favorite Touristic Places in Singapore: Little India & Tekka Centre, Keong Saik Road

Special Interest: Discovering Asia, geopolitics, good food paired with good wine


Daniela Erni

Vice President
JOINED IN July 2020

About Daniela: She grew up in the eastern valley of the Swiss Alps. As a masters graduate in business, she spent more than a decade in the financial world of Zurich, creating and orchestrating events nationally and internationally. Before moving to Singapore she and her partner travelled a year around the world. Passionate about the beauty of life and crafting unique events, she founded her company “Create Your Story” to produce intimate and exclusive weddings in Singapore & Switzerland. It has been her big dream to live and act out of her two favorite places in the world! One part of her heart deeply Swiss and the other in love with Asia. She loves to stay connected with the Swiss community through SAS.

Favorite Local Dishes: Dumplings, Sushi & Laksa

Favorite Touristic Places in Singapore: Marina Bay, Clarke Quay & Tanjong Beach on Sentosa

Special Interest: Photography, Travel, Food & Wine


Emmanuelle Barasche

Joined in November 2017

About Emmanuelle: She grew up in Paris and moved to Geneva about 13 years ago where she studied Law. After her bar exam in 2011, Emmanuelle worked and studied in Zurich, Beijing and London before relocating to Singapore with her husband in 2014. She is registered as a Foreign Lawyer in Singapore since January 2015 and works in a law firm since then. Eager to take an active part in the Swiss community in Singapore, she joined the committee in November 2017. 

Favorite Local Dishes: Dim Sum, Peking Duck and Satay

Favorite Touristic Places in Singapore: Tiong Bahru, Labrador Park and Sentosa

Special Interest: Family, Sport, Music

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Kristof Trautwein

Joined in January 2019

About Kristof: Motivated in meeting great people and to keep the connection to Switzerland (and inspired by the fantastic annual ‘welcome-back’ event in 2018), Kristof took over an active role with SAS in January 2019, soon after arriving in Singapore. He is an Economist, working as management consultant and regularly publishes thought leadership papers about Wealth Management and the Swiss Financial Center. Before moving to Singapore, Kristof has lived in Germany, France, Korea, and Switzerland.

Favorite Local Dishes: Carrot Cake, Hong Kong Fried Rice

Favorite Touristic Places in Singapore: Tiong Bahru, Botanic Gardens, National Gallery

Special Interest: The Arts, Literature, Cultures, Hiking, Diving

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Virginie Esparon

Joined in January 2019

About Virginie: Virginie grew up in Strasbourg, before moving to Paris, London and then Geneva.
Graduated from a Management Business school, she has an accounting profile with work experiences in external audit, consolidation and accounting department.
In 2017 she moved with her family from Geneva to Singapore. She decided to join the SAS Committee in January 2019 in order to stay in touch with the Swiss community, first as an Event Coordinator and then as Secretary.

Favorite Local Dishes: Dim Sum, Satay, Cereal prawns, Sushis and Tiger Beer

Favorite Touristic Places in Singapore: Botanic Gardens, Tiong Bahru, Dempsey Hill

Special Interest: Travelling, Food, Sport, Reading, Family

Julie Choi

Event coordinator
Joined in June 2019

About Julie: Julie grew up and spent majority of her life in South Korea until she met her husband. Julie and her husband moved to Zurich from Korea in 2012, then moved to Singapore in 2015. She worked as office & event manager around 10 years in different companies in Singapore, Korea and Switzerland and studied hotel management in UCCR, Switzerland. She is very fond of experience in Switzerland, so joined SAS to keep in touch with the Swiss community in Singapore.

Favorite Local Dishes: Dim Sum, Char Kway Teow, Laksa, and Satay

Favorite Touristic Place in Singapore: Tiong Bahru, Joo Chiat, East Coast Park, Sentosa

Special Interest: Learning German, Family, Traveling, Food

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Silvia Frank

Event coordinator
Joined in NOVEMBER 2019

About Silvia: Silvia grew up in the beautiful canton of Nidwalden where she and her husband still have their “home base” – a nice contrast to the hustle and bustle of life in Singapore where her husband’s job has brought them. She has worked as a primary school teacher for years and is now a mentor and teacher trainer. A job she loves and still does from time to time back in Switzerland. She currently also works on her PhD and writes teaching materials. Joining the SAS balances out her jobs in her homeoffice and gives her a good excuse to get away from the desk to socialize.

Favorite Local dishes: Beef rendang, sushi and Indian vegetable dishes

Favorites Touristic Places in Singapore: Kampong Glam, the area around Tajong Pagar and the nature reserves

Special Interests: Discovering Singapore, Travelling, Outdoor Sports, Yoga, Food, Books


Florence Thonney

Event coordinator

About Florence: She grew up in Geneva and moved to Lausanne where she started to study Architecture. Then she lived in Asia for the first time in 2010 for an internship in Vietnam & Singapore. After this first asian experience, Florence finished her studies in Zurich. Before coming back for the 3rd time to Singapore with her husband in 2019.
She works as a design consultant in Singapore since January 2020. To enrich her life in Singapore with a twist of Switzerland, she joined the committee in December 2019.
Favorite Local Dishes: Dim Sum, Chicken Rice and Palak Paneer
Favorite Touristik Places in Singapore: Tiong Bahru, East Coast Park, Marina Barrage
Special interests: Art, Running, Meditation, Pétanque & Books
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Esther Vannay

Event coordinator

About Esther: Esther grew up in Valais and studied Law in Geneva. After passing her bar exam, she moved to Thailand with her husband. They spent 12 years in several locations in Asia, where their 3 boys were born. She moved to Singapore with her family in December 2019, after living 3 years in Switzerland where she started working in the exhibition industry. Currently collaborating remotely with Switzerland, she has just enrolled on a postgraduate course in event management. Joining the SAS committee is a great opportunity for her to socialize and stay in touch with the Swiss community.
Favorite Local Dishes: Nasi Lemak, Curry Laksa, Biryani
Favorite Touristik Places in Singapore: Nature reserves & parks, Little India, Kampong Glam
Special interests: Discovering new places & meeting new people, Sailing, Horse riding, Partner Dancing

Upcoming Events

The Swiss Association of Singapore offers a large range of events and provides a platform of contact and network to Swiss people living in Singapore.


Swiss Association Singapore
C/O Embassy of Switzerland
1 Swiss Club Link
Singapore 288162

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