TEDx Zurich 2016

Core Team


Fareena Chaudhry
Head of Strategic Initiatives.
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.
Jessica Gaines
Head of Committee
Jessica currently works at Takeda Pharmaceuticals and has previously worked at NGOs, start-ups and universities in Switzerland and the US. She holds a bachelor’s from Williams College and a master’s from Harvard University. In her spare time she enjoys writing, speaker coaching, art exhibits, and aquatic pursuits on Lake Zurich.

Purti Mehra
Head of Location
Purti is currently working as Marketing Associate at Appway, a Swiss based software company, where she runs global campaigns & events. She was born and raised in Munich, but left for New Delhi to explore her roots. A traveler at heart, she has also lived in Singapore and London, where she studied Management at Cass Business School.. In her free time, Purti enjoys dancing, walking through the streets of Zurich, and discovering new cuisines. Her main goal in life is to build a more artful world for herself and others.

Ferhat Guezlane
Head of Participants
Ferhat is a business analyst at Partners Group. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Information System from HEC Lausanne, and an engineer degree in computer science . He is an IT enthusiast, founded AlgeriaJUG and is currently a Toastmasters member. In his free time, he enjoys hiking in Swiss mountains, playing soccer, and traveling.

Chris McCall
Head of Speakers
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.
Ralf Soboczinski
Head of Production
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.

Yentl Spiteri
Head of Marketing
Passionate about understanding people’s behaviour within the Digital and eCommerce experiences.
Founder of FORIN Digital and Ladies in eCommerce, you will most likely find her browsing the internet, skiing or taking photos of the world around.
Nina Schneider
Head of Finance and Legal
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

Eva-Maria Spreitzer
Head of Partnerships
Eva-Maria is working as a partnership and project manager at the Center for Digital Business at HWZ Hochschule für Wirtschaft Zürich where she leads research and consulting projects as well as fosters the partner relations. Prior to that, she worked for the management consultancy Bain & Company and for the international agency network Publicis. She loves traveling and connecting people with ideas. She practices yoga, likes a nice hike in the mountains or a lazy day on beach in her spare time likewise, adores cats all year round and is interested in photography.

Tanya König
Event Host
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. To top it off, she funds her wanderlust working as a flight attendant, a job that continually adds perspective to her worldview. Find her on Twitter as @tanyayuan.

Board Members

Karin Friedli
Urs Bucher

TIm Duehrkoop
Martin Steiger
TEDx Zurich 2016


Boris Baldinger
Pia Eggimann
Partnership Team Member

Klairie Gounaridi
Oliver Langner

Patrick Naumann
Rüdiger Schlömer

David Nydegger
Chief Advisor
Gintare Simkute

Philip Stark
Rajan Thambehalli

Marije Weber
Michael Walther
Media Relations

Daniela Luzanin
Wilhelm Ruppert

Pia Seidel
Social Media
Stephen Frick

Angad Singh
Speakers Team
Lea Dahinden
Speakers Team