IMBEWU-Suisse was founded October 20th 2001 as a non-profit organisation according to article 60 of the Swiss Civic Code. The association is overseen by an executive committee who in turn delegates the management of its projects to an operational office based in Neuchâtel. These two bodies meet monthly to exchange, evaluate, and to collaborate on the management of the projects. The entire structure also receives considerable support from numerous volunteers who are directly involved in the organisation and its workings.

IMBEWU is one of the founding members of Latitude 21, the Neuchâtel state federation for development cooperation. The latter consists today of 18 associations and enables IMBEWU to reinforce its promotion of cultural exchange as well as awareness of global issues.


Based in Neuchatel, the operational office employs two permanent part-time staff and one project assistant. The office team is completed by an intern in project management and receives the precious support of one volunteer in international fundraising. 

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Anne Roulet

General coordinator
(70% - since May 2015)

The position of general coordinator in Switzerland was created in 2009 to support the IMBEWU Switzerland volunteer committee.

Equipped with a degree in International Relations, Anne Roulet has wide experience in international development in Mexico and Switzerland. Trilingual, she has worked in a number of different areas such as institutional development and support for social organisations (networking, awareness, fundraising, migration).

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Cristina Machado

Communications and fundraising
(part-time - since September 2017)

The communications and fundraising role was established in September 2012.

Strongly experienced in marketing, communication and sponsoring, with a background in the watch-making industry, she turns afterward in the field of the sustainable development, as Communication Officer in IUCN - International Union for the Conservation of the Nature.
Working on an international stage, she speaks fluently French, English, Italian and Portuguese, and acquired a perfect understanding of the intercultural communication.
She joined the IMBEWU team on September 1st, 2017 as Fundraiser and Communication officer.

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Valentina Zardi

Project assistant
(80% - since February 2018)

Holding a Bachelor degree in Economic and Social History from the University of Geneva, and a Master degree in Social Anthropology of Development from SOAS, University of London, Valentina Zardi has joined IMBEWU's team as a project assistant.

Very interested by issues of sustainable development and international cooperation, in 2012 she volunteered for the Brazilian NGO Casa dos Curumins, working with children in the favelas of Sao Paolo. Highly motivated by this experience, as well as by her postgraduate studies, she wishes to orient her career in the development aid domain, which she pursues at IMBEWU.

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Sharon Ryan

International fundraiser (Volunteer)
(since 2013)

Sharon has been supporting IMBEWU as a volunteer since 2010. With a degree in international marketing and many years professional experience, she is actively involved in fundraising, identifying foundations and trusts which share similar values and objectives to IMBEWU and with an interest in supporting the projects.

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Loriane Kohler

Communications and fundraising assistant
(80% - since April 2018)

After a bachelor degree in History and Social anthropology, she has joined IMBEWU’s team as a communication and fundraising assistant. She will start in September 2018 a Master in Development studies at the IHEID in Geneva.

With a strong interest for intercultural questions, she gives French courses to refugees and spends several months in England and Germany. These experiences increased her awareness of integration issues and inspired her to pursue a career in international cooperation.

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Héloïse Filatre

Graphic designer (Volunteer)
(since July 2015)




The executive committee, mandated by the General Assembly, comprises 10 members, including a president, a treasurer, a secretary and three project managers. All of these volunteer members strengthen and contribute to the management of the projects, to the evolution of the association and its action strategies as well as to its financial management.

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François Borel

(since 2012)

Doctor of Mathematics, University of Neuchâtel.

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Randolph Arendse

Vice-President & Project Leader for Siyakhula !
(since 2007)

Retired psychologist, Lausanne.


Yannick Boillod

Vice-President and Project Leader for Bophelo Ke Kgwele

Bachelor in International Law, from Neuchâtel.


Milena Boulianne

Project Leader for Academy of Creativity

Following a Bachelor in Humanities and Social Sciences from the University of Neuchatel and a Masters in Social Administration from the University of Montreal, Milena spent a year teaching French in Madagascar. Today she is a social worker for refugees in Neuchatel.

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Véronique Devenoges

(since 2010)

Following three years of Law at the University of Neuchâtel, Véronique abandoned her studies to pursue a Diploma in Librarianship and a career as a librarian. At the same time, she worked as a volunteer in a number of different local organisations before joining the IMBEWU committee. Both her children have participated in the volunteer programme in Port Elisabeth (2007 and 2010).

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Karishma Storrer

(since May 2015)

Karishma Storrer boasts solid professional experience and, as a member of several associations, has been an active volunteer for many years.

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Mark Bovet

Committee member
(since 2010)

Legal adviser, from Vevey.

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Morgan Paratte

Committee member
(since 2014)

Morgan Paratte also works as Deputy Head of the MAES training programme at the HEP-BEJEUNE (Masters specialised education) as well as a trainer and specialised teacher.

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Jessica Arnanda

Committee member
(since 2015)

Student, from Neuchâtel.


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Hugues Scheurer

Committee member
(since 2015)

Professor of History, from Neuchâtel.