Swiss Board

Philippe Mauron, MBA’95J
Philippe Mauron is a seasoned manager in the Financial Services industry. Over the course of his 25+ years career, he has held various positions in corporate and investment banking, wealth management and private equity, primarily with UBS. He has also participated directly in technology start-ups as investor and manager. He holds an MBA from INSEAD (95J) and a Bachelor Degree in Economics from University of Geneva (90).
A fan of the INSEAD community, he has been on the Geneva chapter committee since 2005 and was its President from 2008 to 2011. He has been serving as Vice-President of the INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland since 2017.

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 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’02 D
Treasurer Basel Chapter
Monika E. Naef 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 as well as simultaneously heading the multifunctional M&A review team and the Trademarks Department. She founded DUFOUR Advokatur in 2005 together with three partners and is now in private practise. She is a Certified Global Negotiator (CGN-HSG). Born in the UK, her formative years were spent on three continents (UK, USA, Switzerland and Japan). She loves offshore sailing and has recently acquired a Harley Davidson. She has been engaged with the INSEAD Alumni Association since 2012 as member of the committee of the Basel chapter (treasurer) and was elected as treasurer for the INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland in 2018.

Oengus Ramsay, MBA ’95D
Treasurer (ad-interim)
Oengus graduated from University College Dublin, Ireland and later completed an MBA from INSEAD in 1995. Oengus 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 2 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
President Ticino Chapter
Alessio is a digital health entrepreneur and an advisor in telecommunications and digital health in Europe and in emerging markets. Most recently he founded and led AMICOMED SA that developed and markets an innovative digital service to manage blood pressure, and has been engaged in several other entrepreneurial initiatives. Prior to this he worked for almost twenty years in McKinsey & Company where he served telecommunications and high tech clients around the world on multiple dimensions and spearheaded new initiatives on the impact of technology, from the potential impact of smartphones to latest by founding and leading globally the Firms’ Global m-Health initiative. He holds an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau (Henry Ford prize) and a Master’s degree in Engineering from Politecnico di Milano.

Julien Firmenich, MBA’08J
IAF President Switzerland

Julien Firmenich is Vice President of Firmenich Ingredient Division in charge of product portfolio strategy and promotion. He has held a variety of roles in the Perfumery and Ingredient Divisions, in particular in product development and sales. Previously Julien developed a start-up company based in Singapore active in fine metallurgy for horological and luxury applications. He is an active member of the INSEAD alumni community and joined the INSEAD Campaign Board in 2018. Julien holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Masters in Economic Science from HEC Lausanne.

Victor Zambrano, MBA’08D
Basel Chapter President ad interim
With over 13 years experience in the Healthcare industry, Victor has led positions in Innovation and Marketing for Johnson & Johnson, within Medical devices and technology, into digital and 3D Printing applications for personalized healthcare. In previous experiences he worked in the Fast-Moving consumer goods industry featuring roles at Coca-Cola in Mexico. Victor graduated in Industrial Engineering at Universidad Simón Bolivar in Venezuela, and as MBA from INSEAD in 2008. Victor is a Mexican and Venezuelan national, loving living in Basel during these last 13 years along with his wife and 2 daughters, also sharing passions with sport and community building activities.

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, 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, MBA’05J
President INSEAD Alumni Energy Club Switzerland

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 Partner, Executive Insight Healthcare Consultants, Zürich. Aleks graduated with an MBA from INSEAD in 1997 and has been involved in the Swiss alumni community since 2005, e.g. as member of the Swiss Committee, President of the Swiss Healthcare Club. Aleks is also a co-founder and vice-president of the INSEAD Healthcare Alumni Network. After graduating from University of Zürich with a Master of Science in Chemistry, he has worked almost 20 years in consulting, starting at McKinsey & Company in 1994. Since 2000, he focused exclusively on the healthcare/life sciences sector at Elsevier MDL, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and IMS Consulting Group. As a Partner at Executive Insight, a specialist healthcare consultancy that supports (bio)pharmaceutical companies to successfully prepare, launch, and commercialize their products, he advises international pharmaceutical/biotech, medical devices and other companies in the healthcare sector on strategic and operational topics, particularly in the commercial area. He has published his insights continuously in a series of reports and articles. 

Martin Spirig, MBA’06J
IPEC Switzerland President

Martin Spirig 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 with mandates throughout South East Asia, Hong Kong and Australia. His clients were, among others, global private equity firms and Asian sovereign wealth funds. Before Bain, Martin Spirig was an IT project manager at Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund. Martin Spirig 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
President Geneva Chapter
Dimitri started his career at PwC. He stayed more than 6 years and developed an expertise both in financial audits and M&A within the banking sector. After his MBA, Dimitri transitioned in asset management and co-leads a boutique investment firm in Geneva. He’s is primarily focussed on business development, as well as technology and regulatory innovation.
Dimitri has been on the Geneva chapter committee since 2017. He has been organizing the 2019 and 2020 Verbier ski week-end which is the leading social event organized by the Geneva chapter. Dimitri was also part of the Organization Committee of the 2019 INSEAD Alumni Forum (Europe) that took place in Geneva.
Apart from work, he is also a seasoned sailor and balances his work life to follow his passions

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.

Emilie Jacot-Guillarmod, MBA’20J
Young Alumni Representative Geneva
As a mountain climber and M&A lawyer, I thrive in high-stake, team-based environments. INSEAD precisely fosters both academic excellence and mutual support among its students. It is a privilege to join this community with the kind support of the INSEAD Alumni of Switzerland.
Nick Bischofberger, MIM’22
Young Alumni Representative Zürich
Nick joined the INSEAD NAA Switzerland as a Young Alumni Representative in 2022 as a recent graduate from the second cohort of INSEAD’s Master in Management.
Professionally, Nick is currently working at Bain & Company Switzerland as Associate Consultant.
Outside of work, Nick has engaged in various associations in the past, including INSEAD MIM Council (1 year), boy scouts (12 years), Graduate Consulting Club ETH (3 years) and UZH Business Student Association (fvoec; 3 years). Also, he is an avid swimmer and enjoys skiing in winter as well as kite surfing in summer.