TEDxZurich | Team
TEDxZurich is a day of wonder, inspiration and awe. You will meet and get to know interesting people and learn about topics you never thought about before.
TEDxZurich, Zurich, TED, Independently organised event
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Core Team

Nina Schneider
A product specialist with a background in business strategy and international relations, Nina is currently working as a Product Lead at Appway. As a personal project Nina is supporting andina, a Swiss brand for the production of quality handcrafted design furniture. She holds a degree in Strategy and International Management from the University of St. Gallen. When she is not doing gymnastics, Nina spends her spare time recharging on sunlight in Ticino, following world politics and trying to find her voice as passionate supporter of women in leadership.
Fareena Chaudhry
Born and raised in Kenya, with strong Pakistani roots and having spent a significant amount of time in England, Fareena is a true third culture child. Currently an international development consultant her interest lies in social enterprise and development for Africa. Fareena’s work experience spans the public and private sectors in Kenya and England. She holds a Masters Degree in Development from SOAS (University of London). In her spare time when not baking, Fareena enjoys the Swiss mountains in the winter and the lakes in the summer, exploring new cities and listening to Moncole Podcasts.
Chris McCall
Christopher is working as the COO for Fotokite, a robotics ETH spinoff company in Zurich. Before living in Switzerland, Christopher worked as a development engineer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and studied Engineering and Neuroscience at University of California San Diego. Outside of the office, you can find him in the mountains, on the waves, and playing on the Swiss National Lacrosse Team.
Tanya König
Story Teller
In addition to her journalism diploma from Ringier School, Tanya further satisfied her intellectual prowess by studying Sinology, Film, and Political Science at the University of Zurich. She has worked for Ringier and SRF as a reporter, multimedia editor, and show host. Now she is a journalist at CNN Money Switzerland. Find her on Twitter as @tanyayuan.
Xavier Kohll
Originally from Luxemburg, Xavier is a technology enthusiast and loves to discover and develop new things and concepts. During the week he is busy pursuing a PhD at ETH Zürich. He has a background in chemical- and bioengineering. On weekends he enjoys the quietness and farsightedness of the Swiss mountains.
Gintare Simkute
Born and raised in Lithuania. Given the name of Amber. Thought to live and love. Gintare is working as an IT Business Analyst in investment risk related topics. She truly enjoys the environment where technology enables change. Gintare holds a Bachelor in Mathematical Science from City University of London and Masters Degree in Innovation Management from University of Trento. She is in love with traveling and believes that "one's destination is not a place but a new way of seeing things".
Ralf Soboczinski
Ralf engages himself in event planning and integrates modern technologies in IT, streaming, and recording. Ralf finds himself repeatedly in the curious corners of our world, where he takes his time to explore the countries and their people. Outside of business hours,Ralf drives long motorbike tours with his friends, and educates himself and others and takes passionate photos of ordinary life.
L.A. Worrell
L.A. Worrell is a Marketing Communications Designer at Appway, where he crafts content that makes audiences tick. More than a creative, he approaches design analytically. He is fascinated by its application and how it can be used to build a more intuitive, user-friendly world. A British citizen, L.A. was raised in Cyprus, but has lived in several European countries. Details are his currency; he perfects his skills by seeking out inspiration in the people he meets and the places he visits.
Joel Wong
Audience Experience
Joel is some kind of chameleon. You can meet him as the Accounting Manager EMEAI for Skullcandy Int. GmbH - a specialist in numbers and figures or on the stage as "Maverick Beau" his artist name when he shares his passion for music. He holds 2 master degrees in International Business and Business Administration from Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia and ESG, Paris, France. For TEDx, he has one goal: WOW the audience! He combines creativity and a strong sense of originality to create all the surprising experiences at TEDx, he is not afraid of the bizarreness. Born and raised in France, Joel is an outdoor fan with surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, and dog-walking!
Celeste Urech
With his background in legal, tech and event planning, Celeste has been working at a leading business law firm and as a legal consultant for undocumented migrants in Switzerland. His passion for technology and communication has now brought him to Coople, where he is a product marketing manager. His biggest weakness is saying no, which is why he ends up with a broad range of projects in his spare time ranging from social media consulting to running music festivals. He enjoys practising yoga and teaching snowboarding.
Willow Rose Gahm
Born and raised in California. Willow Rose Gahm has spent much time abroad working in China, Switzerland, England, and Italy. Her passion lies in helping people through Biofeedback. She is a Biofeedback technician and specialist as well as an English teacher. She loves travel, swing dance, is continually gaining new information about natural and integrative medicine as well as psychology and coaching. Loves to open her horizons and good dark chocolate.


Michelle Sandmeier
Media Relations
Roger Ammann
Lea Dahinden
Patrick Neumann
Rajan Thambehalli
Thomas Rippel
Florian Bucher
Alex Cahiz
Marketing & Communications
Simone McNamara
Marketing & Communications
Francesca Cattaneo
Marketing & Communications
Hannah Brahme
Julia Sharonova
Esther Stella Bichler
Priyanka Ravikumar
Audience Experience
Peter Willi
Audience Experience
Patrycja Lis

Board Members

Nicholas Blanchard
TIm Duehrkoop
Karin Friedli
Martin Steiger


Urs Bucher
Fun Club President
David Nydegger