Swiss Board

Philippe Mauron, MBA’95J

A seasoned manager in the financial services industry, Philippe has held various positions in corporate and investment banking, wealth management and private equity over the course of his 25+ years career, primarily with UBS. He has also participated directly in technology start-ups as investor and manager. He holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor’s in Economics from University of Geneva. Philippe is an avid skier and mountaineer, and is passional about technological innovation as a driver of change. As president of the INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland, he is committed to building a vibrant Swiss alumni community.

Mafalda Tenente, MBA ’06J
Mafalda Tenente is a Strategy Advisor and the former Head of Marketing Global Emerging Businesses in the Animal Health division at Eli Lilly, and previously Novartis. She has held a variety of roles in Marketing, Strategy and Finance in healthcare, hospitality and the arts. An active member of the INSEAD alumni community, Mafalda served on the Basel Chapter committee for three years. She currently serves as an expert for the Kickstart Accelerator program, part of the new Digital Switzerland ecosystem.

Monika Naef, IEP F/S’02D
Monika is Partner & Owner of DUFOUR Advokatur (Dufour Attorneys). Her focus areas are business law, business development and R&A, international business relations, and trade law. After earning a degree in Law from the University of Basel and passing her bar exam, Monika became in-house legal counsel for a multinational pharmaceutical and chemical group, with global leadership responsibilities, while simultaneously heading the multifunctional M&A review team and the trademarks department. She founded DUFOUR Advokatur in 2005 with three partners. She is a Certified Global Negotiator (CGN-HSG). Born in the UK, she spent her formative years on three continents (UK, USA, Switzerland, and Japan). She loves offshore sailing and has recently acquired a Harley Davidson. She has been involved with the Alumni Association since 2012 as a treasurer of the Basel chapter and was elected treasurer of the INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland in 2018.

Oengus Ramsay, MBA ’95D
Acting Treasurer
Oengus graduated from University College Dublin, Ireland, and later completed an MBA from INSEAD. He commenced his career as an auditor with Ernst & Young in Basel, Switzerland and subsequently gained extensive international experience in Switzerland, France and Germany in various finance and administration management positions. Since 2011 he has his own consultancy company, Fiduram Sàrl, which specialises in finance and recruitment. He is Swiss-Irish, married and has two children.

Andrea Ullmann, MBA ’10J
IWIB President Geneva 

Andrea is a marketing and sales executive with an international career in the medical device industry. She is a member of the Swiss IWIB Committee and the host of “Fish in the Boardroom”, a podcast focusing on how to bring more diversity, equity and inclusion in Swiss leadership.

Alessio Ascari, MBA’94J
Ticino Chapter President
Alessio is a digital health entrepreneur and an advisor in telecommunications and digital health in Europe and emerging markets. Most recently he founded and led AMICOMED SA, which developed and markets an innovative digital service to manage blood pressure, and he has been involved in several other entrepreneurial ventures. Prior to this he spent nearly 20 years with McKinsey & Company, where he worked with telecommunications and technology clients around the world, spearheaded initiatives on the impact of technology, and led the firm’s global m-Health initiative. He holds an MBA from INSEAD (Henry Ford prize) and a Master’s degree in Engineering from Politecnico di Milano.

Julien Firmenich, MBA’08J
IAF President Switzerland

Julien began his career at Rolex in New York, before spending three years in Singapore as a partner and Director of Operations of Autium Private Ltd. He joined Firmenich SA in 2010 and held various positions within the company’s perfumery and ingredient divisions. In 2022, following the merger of Firmenich and DSM, Julien founded the investment company Anaïs Ventures SA. He is married with three daughters and holds a master’s in economics from HEC Lausanne and an MBA from INSEAD. Outside of office hours, he competes on the TF35 catamaran foiling circuit with his team, Ylliam 17.

Victor Zambrano, MBA’08D
Basel Chapter President

Victor’s multi-region career brought him to Basel in 2009 to work for Johnson & Johnson Medtech, where he focuses on marketing and innovation. Originally from Venezuela, Victor is passionate about using his creativity and can-do mindset to bring products to market that have a positive impact on people’s health. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Simón Bolivar and an MBA from INSEAD. Victor lives in Basel with his wife and 2 daughters and in his spare time is always up for a round of golf.

Reto Gygax, MBA’13D
Zürich Chapter President
Reto is a partner of VIALEX Attorneys at Law with offices in Zürich, Berne and Lugano, a company he co-founded in 2015. He has been working in the legal industry since 2008 and his practice focuses mainly on domestic and international litigations, negotiations, and transactions, as well as risk management and legal advice in regulated industries. Prior to this, he worked for 10 years as an entrepreneur in international IT consulting and project management, focusing on enterprise strategy, software management, and event organization, with projects in North and South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. Reto is Swiss and lives in Zürich with his wife Martina and their daughter Rosa. 

Marco Montefiori

Marco Montefiori, MBA’05J
Energy Club President

Marco Montefiori is a Managing Partner at Payflow Digital. For over 20 years he has been fostering growth in some of the largest global energy trading players, both private and governmental. His experience includes structuring, execution, and auditing of international JVs, long term prefinancing agreements, M&A transactions and G2G programs. Marco has undertaken governance roles in profit and non-for-profit organizations in Germany, Switzerland, US, India and Italy. He has also been investing in and advising technology startups since early 2000. He graduated in Economics from University of Genova (1997),  has INSEAD MBA, and completed the IN-BOARD program in 2019. Marco is a Swiss citizen, married, an involved father, and lives in Geneva.

Aleks Ruzicic, MBA’97J
Healthcare Club President
Aleks is a Partner at Executive Insight, a specialist healthcare consultancy that supports (bio)pharmaceutical companies to successfully prepare, launch and commercialize their products. A consultant with several decades of experience in healthcare and the life sciences, he  is the author of numerous reports and articles on the industry. He began his career in 1994, when he joined McKinsey & Company, and since 2000 has focused exclusively on healthcare as a consultant with Elsevier MDL, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and IMS Consulting Group. Aleks has been involved in the Swiss alumni community since 2005 and is a co-founder and vice-president of the INSEAD Healthcare Alumni Network. He holds an MSc in Chemistry from the  University of Zürich and an MBA from INSEAD.

Martin Spirig, MBA’06J
IPEC – Private Equity Club President

Martin is a partner at Invision, a leading small/mid-cap private equity firm with offices in Switzerland and Germany. His investment interest is German and Swiss SMEs with market leading positions in their respective fields. He is responsible for Invision’s investments in Kraft & Bauer and Schneider and is a member of the respective boards. Previously, he was also looking after the investments in RSD (divested in 2016), Boost (divested in 2015) and Feintechnik (divested 2014). Prior to Invision, Martin was a consultant at Bain & Company in Singapore. His clients included global private equity firms and Asian sovereign wealth funds.  Martin holds an MBA from INSEAD, a doctorate of law from University of St. Gallen and he was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley. 

Dimitri Vaharis, MBA ’17J
Geneva Chapter President
Dimitri started his career at PwC and spent over six years at the company,  developing expertise both in financial audit and M&A in the banking sector. After his MBA at INSEAD, he transitioned to asset management and currently co-leads a boutique investment firm in Geneva, with a focus on business development, technology, and regulatory innovation. Dimitri has been an active member of the Geneva Chapter Committee since 2017. Outside of work, he is a seasoned sailor and balances his work life to follow his passions.

Emilie Jacot-Guillarmod, MBA’20J
Young Alumni Representative Geneva
As a lawyer with Lenz & Staehelin specializing in M&A and new technologies, Emilie helps innovative businesses achieve their objectives while minimising risks by negotiating pragmatic, real-life solutions. A mountain-climber, runner and outdoor enthusiast, Emilie is also a mother of two. She was the 2019 recipient of the INSEAD MBA Scholarships for Swiss Candidates.

Nick Bischofberger, MIM’22
Young Alumni Representative Zurich

Nick is a consultant with Bain & Company Switzerland focusing on tech companies. A graduate from the second cohort of INSEAD’s Master in Management, he is currently the youngest member of the Swiss Board. He completed a BBA at the University of Zurich. In his free time, Nick enjoys skiing in winter and kite surfing in summer.

Alexander Wyss, MBA’01D
Ex-Officio / IAF
Alexander is a partner at global law firm Baker McKenzie with 20 years of experience advising Swiss and international clients on cross-border and national deals with a special focus on real estate transactions, private & venture capital, mergers & acquisitions and fund structuring. He is co-chair of the Firms’ real estate transaction group and is ranked among the leading lawyers in his areas of practice by Chambers Europe and Legal500. Alexander holds an MBA from INSEAD (01’D), a PhD from University of Zurich (1999) and is an attorney at law (University of Berne, 1996). He is a regular speaker at seminars and lectures at the CUREM master and executive programs of the University of Zurich. He also acts as business angel, investor and/or director. Alexander is Swiss, married, has three daughters and lives in Zug. He has been engaged with the INSEAD Alumni Association since 2008 as president of the Zurich chapter committee. Alexander loves outdoor sports such as jogging, cross-country skiing and biking.