I work at the crossroads of arts and culture, peacebuilding and international development cooperation.
I am passionate about bringing culture back to the centre of human development. Because culture expresses the meaning that we attach to our existence and is a source of dignity, because it underpins livelihoods, education and health, because it fosters resilience among communities - but also more pointedly, because culture - both living arts and cultural heritage - may constitute a subtle yet powerful resource for dialogue and mediation in contexts of conflict.
I started my career with the Swiss Ministry for Foreign Affairs where among other roles, I was in charge of the Switzerland's development cooperation programme with Kosovo right after the 1999 war. I then worked with specialised organisations (e.g. with the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue), supporting mediation processes, stakeholders’ dialogues or cooperation projects in countries such as Libya, the Central African Republic, Iraq or Israel/The Palestinian territories. In parallel, I served on the board of several organisations, including the UN Women National Committee - Switzerland. I now work as an independent advisor for various organisations building on arts and culture to support human development processes (see section Portfolio on this website).
I hold a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute and other certificates from specialised institutions (on Innovation from the Harvard Business School, on Humanitarian Law from the International Committee of the Red Cross, on Emergency Response from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, on Cultural First Aid from the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property and The Smithsonian, and on The role of economic actors in peacebuilding from the Folke Bernadotte Academy).
I love teaching and am a lecturer at the Zurich University of the Arts' Certificate of Advanced Study on Arts and International Cooperation.
I am also a trained musician who turned to writing to express herself. My various travels are an endless source of inspiration – I get mesmerised by the people I meet, the stories I hear, fragrances and smells. All this often ends up in short stories (e.g. my short story "Toêêge" published in La Couleur des Jours), written between two flights or when I get stranded in some secluded Posada…
- Curriculum Vitae (PDF)