PMI® Switzerland Chapter

Member Profiles

Members Introduction

Undina Tavares Varela - May 2022

Undina Tavares Varela

Undina is a French national living in Colmar, 38 years old and a happy mum of 2 children: 5 years old and 2 and a half.

Undina is a mechanical Engineer who took a PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) specialization.

She has been working 2 years as a Business Analyst consultant and since 2012 for Jet Aviation in Switzerland. During her career, Undina has had the chance to gain more and more experience as a Business Analyst. As a logical step forward, she extended her skills to Project Management.
Undina preferred to join the Swiss chapter instead of the French chapter because the professional network she has built over the past 10 years is around Switzerland.

Undina really enjoys working with different teams and stakeholders. She always tries to be a sample for her co-workers and for her running club teammates. She has practiced running and trail running for years, and she loves it. Undina even had the chance to fly to Sri Lanka in March for a 10-day sport raid and last year she participated in the French championship of short trail running distance.

Undina also loves gardening, which connects her with nature and keeps her calm. She intends to have 2 chickens in her garden, so it will be fun for her kids.

You can learn more about Undina by visiting her LinkedIn profile

Ben Finnigan - May 2022

Ben Finnigan

Ben is a technical project manager, specializing in vehicle powertrains, but he is also very interested in broadening his scope to other technical challenges. Currently Ben is working on a fuel cell development and industrialization project and he is a great believer in the potential cleansing role of Hydrogen in our society going forward.

Ben enjoys the challenges of project leadership and management and has developed his skills over his career. PMP certification was a great way for Ben to check his progress and at the same time demonstrate this in a meaningful way. Ben joined the Swiss chapter, because it makes sense to him networking and keeping up to date from a local perspective.

Ben is originally British and he has found his home in Switzerland, close to the high alps, where the connection to the planet is strong and he can generate his mental and physical stimulation and motivation. He is a keen mountain hiker, biker and skier (all forms) and a big fan of cheese and beer.

You can learn more about Ben by visiting his LinkedIn profile.

 

 

Elisabet Amanatidou - May 2022

Elisabet Amanatidou

Elisabet holds a MSc in Business and Finance and moved to Zurich in 2008 where she joined ABB. During this time she had taken the responsibility as Project Management where she was leading projects of automating some of the processes in the internal reporting, and decided that this was a career path she wanted to follow.

Elisabet is Swedish with Greek origin and has a wide international experience and solid cultural awareness, having lived in different countries as China and Egypt.

In her free time, she regularly practicing meditation. She also enjoys dancing tango, snowboarding, kitesurfing, and spending quality time with friends.

She joined the PMI local chapter to connect with other local PM as well as to exchange valuable knowledge.

You can learn more about Elisabet by visiting her LinkedIn profile.

 

 

Luca Casciola - May 2022

Luca Casciola

Luca is an aerospace engineer coordinating research projects in the civil aviation industry across Europe, with a focus on integrating state of art IT technologies into existing aviation standards.
He is planning to obtain CAPM certificate by end 2022 and thanks to that he is planning to expand its portfolio of research projects.

He has joined the PMI Swiss Chapter to connect with other people driving the change in Switzerland, and to create business opportunities for the community and for local industry.

In his free time Luca loves playing with RC models and he fosters educational programmes for kids in the Zurich area.

You can learn more about Luca by visiting his LinkedIn profile

 

 

 

Can Izgi - May 2022

Can Izgi

Can Izgi is an instructor in the company STS (Sauter Training & Simulation), which is located in Lausanne.

He has been teaching Project Management courses (including Agile approach) since 2005. Before starting his teaching career, he was a Project Manager in Turkcell, which is a telecommunication and technology services provider. The main contractor of the company was Ericsson.

He holds an Authorized Training Partner Instructor certificate issued by PMI®. In addition, he holds the following certificates: Project Management Professional (PMP)®, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® and Professional Scrum Master™ I (PSM I).

He is one of the draft reviewers of the Software Extension to the PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition. In addition, he is one of the reviewers of the drafts for the fifth, sixth and seventh editions of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide).

He has a BS degree and an MS degree both in Electrical Engineering. He enjoys playing the flute, origami and doing amateur performing arts.

You can learn more about Can by visiting his Linkedin profile.

Julie De Castro - April 2022

JULIE DE CASTRO

Julie has completed her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. She has 18 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry specializing technical sales and project management.

Originally from the Philippines, she moved to the United Arab Emirates in 2005 and began her career in a chemical manufacturing company for oil drilling as QA/QC Technical Documentation Coordinator. As she is a people person, she followed her passion and went back to sales after two years in the laboratory. From then on, she works as generalizing specialist on areas such as technical sales, procurement, office management, business development and project management. To some, working on a multicultural environment could be challenging, but not for her. She’s enjoying working with various nationalities most of her career in and outside the U.A.E. such as United Kingdom, France and Germany.

Covid 19 made a positive impact to her personal development when she decided to study Project Management. In December 2021, she earned her Project Management Professional certification.

At the moment, she’s busy with her freelancing and consultancy jobs.

You can learn more about Julie by visiting her LinkedIn profile

Gaurav Kumar Garg - April 2022

Gaurav Kumar Garg

Gaurav is a Software Architect with more than 10 years of experience in a wide area of technology that include Digitalization, Internet of Things, Edge Computing, Cloud Computing, Distributed System, Data Storage, Embedded System, Open-Source Technology, Project Management, Managing different projects.

Gaurav is Advocating the Agile Principle in team and doing Scope Management, Schedule Management, Cost Management, Quality Management, Resource Management, Communication Management, Risk Management, Stakeholder Management for various Complex IT Projects.

He gained holistic experience of various technologies with Project Management and project execution in India, Europe, USA with a diverse group of people. He loves traveling, music, new technology, and working with diverse groups of people.

He is a team player with strong leadership and good communication skills, maintains an optimistic attitude and a willingness to take responsibility and do more than expected.

As a new member of the PMI Swiss Chapter, he looks forward to gaining new experience and expanding his professional network through webinars and events.

During his free time, he likes playing music, walking, cooking, and watching documentaries.

Gaurav currently is member of PMI Germany Chapter and working as a volunteer in PMI GC IT project. He joined the PMI Swiss Chapter to participate in their activities, meet professionals, work with diverse groups of people and contribute to the Chapter’s work.

Gaurav is currently living in Switzerland.

You can learn more about Gaurav by visiting his LinkedIn profile.

Silvia Romeu Casals - April 2022

Silvia Romeu Casals

Silvia has over 15 years of professional experience in the Pharma industry where she has held many different roles in Project Management, Strategy, Operations and more recently in Change Management.

She is passionate about having an impact, simplifying, optimizing, getting things done and learning. She enjoys her work every day through new challenges and opportunities. Highly adaptable and resilient she founds the positive side of change and great opportunities in every situation.

Silvia comes from Barcelona, Spain, and lives in Basel since 2013 with her family.

As a new member of the PMI Swiss Chapter, she looks forward to gaining new knowledge and expanding her professional network. She is also member of the Barcelona Spanish Chapter of PMI.

Silvia loves music, plays piano and is an eager reader. She loves nature and is passionate about sustainability and doing all we can to save our planet.

You can learn more about Silvia visiting her LinkedIn profile.

Antonio Morisco - March 2022

Antonio Morisco

Antonio is working as Agile Project Manager at Swissquote bank, leading IT projects using cutting-edge technologies.
He has a technical background in computer science, and more than 15 years of experience in IT projects (8 out of them on project management), in several domains such as banking, finance and media.

Antonio fell in love with project management in 2012, and got his PMP certification one year later in 2013. Over the last 4 years Antonio has been learning and practicing agile methodologies in software development (mainly Scrum, Kanban) with co-located and remotely distributed teams. Antonio recently got the PSM certification as Scrum Master and now he focuses his attention on Agile@Scale frameworks.

Antonio is an Italian, English and French language speaker, and he joined the chapter to expand his professional network, participate in some events, and share the knowledge and experience with new colleagues, as he likes to do at his workplace.

Antonio loves snowboarding, and he is on duty for the second year as a volunteer firefighter in his village. It is like a second job, that allows Antonio to help people, and at the same time allows him to train in managing stress in difficult situations.

You can learn more about Antonio by visiting his LinkedIn profile.

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Thomas Eichmann - March 2022

Thomas Eichmann

Thomas is a project manager with more than 15 years of experience in managing global and complex NPI projects in the medical device industry. He has gained extensive experience in project execution in China and South East Asia and therefore loves to travel and learn about other ways of working and cultures.
He is a team player with strong leadership and good communication skills, maintains an optimistic attitude and a willingness to take responsibility and do more than expected.

As a new member of the PMI Swiss Chapter, he looks forward to gaining new experience and expanding his professional network through webinars and events.

Thomas loves making music. He has been playing concerts with his band for over 20 years and is still writing new music with his freinds.
In addition to his passion for music, he enjoys time up in the air as a pilot, doing water sports during swiss summer and snowboarding in winter as the perfect balance to his professional life.

You can learn more about Thomas by visiting his LinkedIn profile.