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Banking Details

Scholarships
UBS Schweiz
Aiducation International Schweiz
IBAN: CH 1000275275813479M1M
BIC: UBSWCHZH80A
Clearing-Nr. 275
Post Account: 80-2-2

Free Funds
UBS Schweiz
Aiducation International Schweiz
IBAN: CH05 0027 5275 8134 79M2 C
BIC: UBSWCHZH80A


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In September 2007, a small group of entrepreneurial Ph.D. students founded Aiducation International Switzerland. As the first Scholarship-Raising Chapter, the Swiss team worked closely with the first Talent-Raising chapter in Kenya to develop the concept and processes for AiducationInternational, which laid the foundation for a global organization.

We have official charity status in Switzerland, this means donations (e.g. as an AiduMaker) to Aiducation International Schweiz are exempt from taxes (official letter). Most of our team members are volunteers and receive no salary from Aiducation. With the additional support of our AiduPartners, it is therefore possible for us to pass on at least 90% of your donation to cover the school fees of your student. Contact us today if you would like to join our team or support a student.



The Swiss team currently consists of about 20 team members, most are volunteers, working out of Zurich and Basel. We would like to introduce some of our leaders, listed below

Contact of Aiducation International in Switzerland
8000 Zurich
Switzerland

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Matthias Meier – CEO of Aiducation International Switzerland

Manages, develops and expands the Swiss chapter on a strategic and operational level. Represents Aiducation International Switzerland at events (internally and externally). Establishes and fosters relations to existing and potential AiduPartners. M.A. in Accounting and Finance of University of St. Gallen.

“Education provides the foundation to realize professional ambitions and thereby enables individuals to take over responsibility for their society. With the unique business model of Aiducation I would like to make this kind of freedom possible to the underprivileged youth.”

matthias.meier@aiducation.org

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Dr. Kristin Kapitza – Co-Founder of Aiducation International

Seeks partners and supporters for Aiducation International. Presents on behalf of the Chapter at events and raises scholarships. Registration specialist in the agrochemical industry, Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from ETH Zurich, Diploma in Biochemistry.

“I enjoy being part of this amazing venture, where I can use my skills to help talented students in developing countries to become what they can be. Investing in high potentials is accompanied by a substantial leverage effect. I can’t wait to see the achievements of our AiduFellows, which will move their societies forward.”

kristin.kapitza@aiducation.org

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Irène Koch – Aiducator Team Zürich

Supports the team in Zürich in various areas

"There is an old saying: “Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, you feed him for life.” Aiducation follows this approach with an impressive passion and professionalism by giving gifted underprivileged students access to higher education. I am proud to be part of this team and make a small contribution to improve their country’s economic, social and political development."

Irene.koch@aiducation.org

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Nicolas Nägeli - In loving memory (30.07.1991 - 19.03.2016)

We recently received the tragic news of the sudden death of our beloved Aiducator Nicolas Nägeli. Nicolas tragically lost his life on Saturday, 19th March 2016, while on a snowboarding-tour in the Alps. He was together with a friend on the Aletschhorn-glacier where he was doing what he passionately loved.

Nicolas abrupt and tragic death has left us in deep sorrow and with a sense of a great loss for this immensely bright, talented and gifted human being. His unique personality enabled him to participate in multiple areas and excel. Nicolas was highly committed to Aiducation, working in the Swiss chapter since 2013 as Vice-CEO helping our organisation grow and develop. Through his untimely death we have lost a dear colleague and a trusting friend. His legacy will continue to inspire us.

 

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Andrea Specht – Donor Relations Aiducation International Switzerland

Andrea is the contact person for existing and new donors. She cultivates the relationships, deals with requests, advises, clarifies and fulfils (almost) every wish. She also organizes events and helps wherever there is need. The travel-infected, certified tourism specialist with 15 years of experience as a host and intercultural understanding.
 
“To be part of Aiducation, my aspiration for a meaningful, sustainable activity is fulfilled. For me, education is the cornerstone for every further step, no matter how small, into a better future. Investing my time in this goal makes me proud and gives me the strength to shape my private and professional life with energy and humour."
 

andrea.specht@aiducation.org

 

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Nicolette Zimmermann – Major Donor Officer and Business Development Manager Aiducation International Switzerland

Master of Arts in Societies, Globalization and Development, Friedrichs-Wilhelms Universität Bonn Bachelor of Science in International Business, Hochschule Pforzheim
 
"umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu:a person is a person through/ because of (other)
people; you are" (Ubuntu philosophy)

Among other things "Ubuntu" stands for corporate responsibility, a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity. In the sense of this philosophy, Aiducation offers me the possibility to take on the responsibility for the future of individuals and the global community together with my colleagues, our AiduMakers, partners and in particular with the AiduFellows. According to this Aiducation and the connected work can be summed up in one word for me: FUTURE! 
 

nicolette.zimmermann@aiducation.org

 

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Claudia Bucher - Business Development Manager Aiducation International Switzerland

Developing the division "School Switzerland" and is looking for education partnership from the primary and secondary education level, i.e. from kindergarten to college. Master of Communication Management with 15 years’ experience in marketing communication, 3 years’ experience in education campaigns.
 
"Educational institutions and students have a great interest in helping children, who are not as privileged as themselves, and learning more about the culture of the foreign country, education is the best way to move a country forward. I enjoy being part of an organization committed to help ambitious children." 
 

claudia.bucher@aiducation.org

 

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Mauro Ketterer - Business Development Manager Aiducation International Switzerland

Developing the division "School Switzerland" and is looking for education partnership from the primary and secondary education level, i.e. from kindergarten to college. Tourism expert, PR specialist and empathy coach.
 
"Children are the doctors, researchers and teachers from tomorrow. The poorer countries need education to support and develop their villages, cities and the whole country. Swiss children can be sensitized and get in contact with children that have fewer opportunities. Furthermore, they become more familiar with important competences and are able to contribute actively. Aiducation is enabling this in an outstanding way. Because education creates development and will create long-term impact." 
 

mauro.ketterer@aiducation.org

 

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Nezahat Atasoy – Aiducator Team Zürich

Supports the team in Zürich in various areas.

“A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels.” (Albert Einstein) This can be promoted by the education itself, if the generations of tomorrow are supported by act of solidarity as Aiducation International, so that they actively support their society in the future on their own and develop their land.“

nezahat.atasoy@aiducation.org

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Nora Leonardi – Aiducator Team Zürich

Supports the team in Zürich in various areas.

“Education opens minds and doors. I believe access to a good education is one of the most crucial, rewarding and empowering things in our lives. Through Aiducation, I can provide opportunities for talented, knowledge-hungry students in developing countries.“

nora.leonardi@aiducation.org

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Reto Schlegel – Aiducator Team Zürich

Supports the team in Zürich in various areas.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” (Nelson Mandela)

"We find ourselves in a challenging time where this powerful tool is needed more than ever to solve local, regional and especially global issues. Through Aiducation, this vital tool is made available to highly talented students with a vision on how to use this powerful weapon to have the greatest possible impact on their community, their country and the world."

reto.schlegel@aiducation.org

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Florian Becker  – Aiducator Team Zürich

Supports the team in Zürich in various areas.

"For ourselves it is quite natural to have free access to high quality educational standards, for most of the people especially the ones that belong to developing countries this is not the case. To obtain a long-lasting effect as a non-profit organization and thereby work as efficient as possible, it is important to guarantee that at least high potentials from disadvantaged regions get equal educational opportunities. I am proud to be part of a team starting at this particular point and therefore helping to improve the economic, social and intercultural development of the corresponding countries.

florian.becker@aiducation.org

Alumni

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Jan Rihak – Business Development Aiducation International Switzerland

Responsible for strategic partnerships and business development. Chief Operating Officer with MyMoneyPark, former Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company. M.B.A from the University of Cambridge, Founding Member of the UK Chapter

“I chose to become an Aiducator because I believe in the concept, it gave me an amazing platform to make an impact, and the team is enthusiastic, entrepreneurial and keen to grow.”

jan.rihak@aiducation.org


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