“The Valley’s mission reflects everything I’m passionate about – food, health, sustainability and collaboration.”
Tell us a bit about yourself.
As a child, I spent my holidays glued to my dad’s old typewriter, writing stories about how to save the world. Later, I perhaps unsurprisingly became a policy geek. Regardless of what I was meant to be doing, I somehow always ended up bringing people together to create a joint vision for change and then got very excited about coming up with a plan to make it happen.
When life brought me to Switzerland, I dove head first into the Swiss start-up scene and developed a smorgasbord of food projects, surprising my former technophobe self by cooking up some mobile apps to promote more sustainable food choices and tackle food waste. In 2020 I finally ran out of excuses and did something I’d always wanted to do: set up my own business. And I’m very glad I did, as this led to me to start collaborating with the Valley in early 2022. When I’m not busy setting my laptop keyboard alight, you’ll generally find me making a mess in the kitchen.
What motivated you to work for the Valley?
The Valley’s mission reflects everything I’m passionate about – food, health, sustainability and collaboration. I feel very fortunate to work alongside such an inspiring and dedicated core team and collaborate with Swiss innovators whose work will have such a positive impact on the future of food. I love doing whatever I can to share their stories and help their solutions get traction. If you have news to share or a story to tell, please get in touch!
What are you working on at the moment?
This year, I’ll be supporting the launch of the Valley’s new tools – three platforms to help ecosystem actors find the talent, investment and facilities they need to scale. At our annual communications roundtable event, we also spotted three priority areas that offer the potential to boost our joint impact as an ecosystem. I look forward to teaming up with all the Valley partner comms superstars to take this work forward!
Tell us something else we still don’t know about you.
I’ve always been a wannabe founder with eco-warrior tendencies. As a child, I created the Green Adventure Club, an exclusive network of eleven year olds who spent their weekends spreading the word about the planet in peril through articles, newsletters and bouncy castle meet-ups. The impact was questionable but we had a lot of fun.
But, as any of my first year university flatmates would tell you, I have not always been a foodie. Thankfully, my amazing Italian friends on my year abroad saved me from a life sentence on canned food and opened my eyes to a wonderful new world of freshly cooked dishes. And for that I am eternally grateful.