Core Team

Barbara AeschlimannBarbara Aeschlimann
Head Human Resources
Senior HR Executive, ZGP board member

After a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Zurich and a stage in L&D at a Swiss private bank, Barbara took over a lead position for Employer Branding and Graduate Recruitment in a large Swiss bank. In a further mandate she established the HR function for the Advisory Section of an Consulting firm. 2002 – 2106 in various roles with EY, 2006-2016 HR Lead for line
Natavan AliyevaNatavan Aliyeva
Head of Talent
Adecco Group
Program Development

Last year Natavan Aliyeva joined Adecco Group (currently the largest staffing organization in the world) as a Head of Talent, based in Glattbrugg. Prior to this she worked in Global and Regional HRBP, OD, L&D and Talent functions in engineering, airlines, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, and technology industries. Natavan has lived and worked in Azerbaijan and Middle East prior to her move to Switzerland. She is a certified Global HR professional and a certified ICF coach.
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 Thomas LoumanThomas Louman

Thomas works for Zurich Insurance Group as HRBP for Group Operations since 2012. As HR professional Thomas has delivered transformation in different industries and companies across multiple countries. Thomas has held a number of senior Human Resources positions at Unilever in the Netherlands, Russia and now Switzerland. Within HR, Thomas has worked as HR Business Partner, Service Centre Management, HR Transformation implementation and Management Development Expertise. A Dutch national, Thomas studied Management & Organization, specializing in HR Management and Organizational Effectiveness, at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
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 James MacsayJames Macsay
Macsay & Associates
Communication and Community Development
 James has a multi-disciplinary background in organization development, communication, human resources and marketing.  His work centers on the themes of helping individuals, teams and whole-systems to develop strategies, presence and skills for positive communication, organizational spirit and performance.  Prior to establishing his independent practice in 1995, he worked extensively with these themes as a communication specialist for General Motors Europe, Glattbrugg, Switzerland.  James is a global Swiss and American citizen.  He has also been a long-standing contributor to the media industry where he does regular voice-over, on-camera work and producing for various productions and live events.
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Piera MarongiuPiera Marongiu
Membership Development
Piera is a HR Business Partner and Diversity &Inclusion expert with than 15+ years industry experience acquired in NGO’s and global companies, from pharma-biotech, to telecom and finance industry. She has experience in a broad spectrum of HR fields gained in Italy, Spain, UK, India and Switzerland. Piera holds a Master degree in General and Experimental Psychology from the University of Padua and as well one in HR Management and Organizational Development from the Universtiy of Barcelona.
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Defne von KroghWioletta Simonet
Program Development

Wioletta works as an Innovation & Design Manager at UBS AG. With a Master in Psychology, postgraduate Diploma in Personel Management and MBA in Innovation, she is a Pioneer of the Design Thinking methodology and human centered approach. She has more than 8 years of consulting and management experience across diverse multi-cultural industries. She is driven by collaboration, engagement and creativity.
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Dagmar RichardsonDagmar Richardson
International HR Services Ltd.
Consultant & Trainer
Program Manager

Dagmar Richardson has a Master in Human Resources Management. She started her career as a Product Manager. In 1997 she moved from the Marketing/Sales sector into the field of Human Resources at Bestfoods CZ/SK and took over the global responsibility in the area of Human Resources across CEE. With the purchase by Unilever in 2000 she was promoted to HR Director at Unilever CZ/SK. From 2005-2007 Dagmar was HR Director for an international group in medical technology. In 2008 Dagmar Richardson founded MyPlacement AG, today International HR Services AG, which focuses exclusively on International short and long-term work assignments at home and abroad.
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Vanessa ValentinVanessa Valentin
Head of Corporate HR
VAT Group
Membership Development
Vanessa leads the HR function of VAT Group, a global leader in high vacuum valve technology, quoted on the Swiss stock exchange. Previously she worked in large corporations predominantly in the Energy/Oil&Gas sector. She held roles as HR Business Partner, in M&A, Recruiting, and Lean 6Sigma, at global or regional level in the UK, Germany, Italy, Australia, and Texas, US. Vanessa holds a Master in Human Resources from the London School of Economics.
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 Defne von KroghDefne von Krogh
Senior HR Business Partner
Membership Development
Defne von Krogh is Head of Talent & Development for Asset Management at UBS AG based in Zurich. She has more than 15 years of work experience in Management Consulting and Human Resources in various positions, industries and countries. Defne is a Turkish citizen and holds a BSc degree in Civil Engineering, an MBA as well as a PhD degree in Enterprise Development and Worklife Organizational Research, focusing on Action Research.
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