Committee

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The Swiss Association Committee

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Lionel Berthod

President
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 Wespi

Daniela Wespi Civelli

Vice President
JOINED IN March 2017

About DanielaBefore relocating to Singapore in December 2015 with her husband and their little son, Daniela had been working over 6 years as a Executive Assistant in the Zurich banking industry and previously many years as organizer in the film industry. Three months after her second son was born, Daniela started to look for something to balance family life and found a great opportunity with SAS as Event Coordinator and running the back office as Secretary. After two years in these positions she stepped up to take over the role as Vice President of the Swiss Association of Singapore in April 2019.

Favorite Local Dishes: Dim Sum, Dumplings, Laksa Singapura, Peking Duck

Favorite Touristic Places in Singapore: The Pinnacle at Duxton, Dempsey Hill, Gardens by the bay, One° 15 Marina Sentosa Cove, Nature Reserves and Walks

Special Interest: Family & Friends, Traveling & different Cultures, IFC Choir & Sport

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Emmanuelle Barasche

Treasurer
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

RESPONSIBLE FOR FUNDRAISING & SPONSORING
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

Secretary
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

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Vanessa Mathieu Genolet

Event coordinator
Joined in February 2018

About Vanessa: Vanessa grew up and worked most of her life in Valais, in the banking industry as a client manager and Wealth Management assistant.
In 2015 she moved with her husband and two daughters to Zurich.
Their dream of living in Singapore came true in September 2017 when they all relocated to the Lion City. Since then, they are enjoying sunny and warm South East Asia.
 
Favorite Local Dishes: Prawn Masala, Pepper Lunch, Dim Sum
 
Favorite Touristic Places in Singapore: Botanic Gardens, China Town, Southern Ridges
 
Special Interest: Family, Japan, Travelling, Food

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 Telok Ayer and the nature reserves

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

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Liz Baerlocher

Event coordinator for the Jass Evenings
Joined in February 2018

About Liz: Liz grew up in Rorschach at the Lake of Constance. Before she moved with her husband to Singapore, she worked around 20 years as a HR Manager in different companies in St. Gallen and environment. She holds diplomas in HR Management and Swiss Social Insurances. 
 
Favorite Local Dishes: Black Pepper Crab, Tandoori Chicken, Laksa, Dumplings, Roasted Duck
 
Favorite Touristik Places in Singapore: Kampong Glam, Little India, Club Street, Bayfront, East Coast Park
 
Special interests: Travel all over the world, Walking, Swimming, Music
 

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.

Contact

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

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