here we are Switzerland

🇨🇭 Here we are Switzerland aims to provide spaces for professionals in transition in Switzerland, or recently settled, to collaborate on meaningful projects and grow professionally and personally.

🇨🇭 Here we are Switzerland has focal points in Geneva, Lausanne, Basel and Zurich. We aim to connect international professionals moving to Switzerland as accompanying partners, who are seeking opportunities to grow competencies while making the most of their time in Switzerland. Focal Points arrange regular remote meetings as well as local events with different topics for personal and professional development. 

🇨🇭 Here we are Switzerland is a unique opportunity to find new inspiration for your career, stay connected and embrace the opportunities that come with a life on the move, no matter if you are on sabbatical, in transition or have an established business.

🇨🇭 Here we are Switzerland and Here we are global, team, members and community, are offering their services and interact in a completely volunteering basis.

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Meet the Core Team

Sandrine van den Oudenhoven

Sandrine has initiated the Swiss chapter. She is a career coach and managing director of job4U2. As a French citizen, Sandrine has spent most of her adult life in Switzerland and has also lived in Germany, the US, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Chapter Lead at Here we are Switzerland


Sophie Cooper

Sophie is a French citizen from Marseille who lived in the UK for many years prior to moving to Basel three years ago. She spent most of her career working in the banking industry, and her last role was coordinating a network of female entrepreneurs for a Business Coach to support each other’s business ventures. Following her relocation to Switzerland, she is now training to be a Sophrologist.

Basel Lead at Here we are Switzerland


Lia Simon

Lia lives in Zurich, is Brazilian/Spanish, was born in Sao Paulo and spent part of her childhood in Barcelona. She has 20+ years of experience in a global corporate organization in the areas of commercial excellence, change management, employee development and leading multi-cultural teams across Europe. As a leader, she focused on increasing employee engagement and creating an environment without any type of discrimination or bias where everyone can thrive. Lia is passionate about supporting people in their development and transitions.

Zurich Lead at Here we are Switzerland


Kanika Khatter

Kanika is originally from India and has rich experience in Program management and IT Digital transformation. Currently freelancing with firms in the Technology space working on their digital Strategy and helping them in crafting the right offerings in Digital marketing. Kanika loves painting, running and meeting people from different cultures.

Lausanne Lead at Here we are Switzerland



Roberto Santini

I was born in Rome and lived in London, Paris, Barcelona and now in Zurich. Kai Zen approach, resiliance and continuous learning are my travel mates across my work and life. I love art, nature, travels and Socrates quote “one thing only I know, that I know nothing”. Usually, wives follow husbands in their transition. I represent the other way round and I am proud to bear gender equality, diversity and inclusion. I offer my empathy to let expats get rid of their mental infrastructures and share their experiences, since together we can better get awareness of our skills.

Welcome Lead at Here we are Switzerland



Nadine Clauder

Think out of the box and find the road less travelled. I am passionate about different cultures and love supporting expatriates, moving to Switzerland—finding a new home and setting up life. These first steps are vital and the foundation for having a great start in their new environment. Having extensive personal experience in living and working abroad in my career as a communications manager has given me unique insights and understanding of the corporate and individual demands of the relocation process.

Initiative Operations Lead at Here we are Switzerland



Agathi Kanta

Agathi has many years of experience in commercial roles in pharmaceutical industry. Her masters in Digital Communication and Social Media gave her the opportunity to follow her dreams in Switzerland. In 2019, she moved in Basel from Greece to gain more experiences in global digital health, planning and communication. 

Communication Lead at Here we are Switzerland


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