Our Story

The idea of GreenBuzz started in March 2010 in Zurich, when Falko Paetzold invited around 15 sustainability professionals for a casual drink – he was looking to meet and learn from others working on sustainability topics in different industries. GreenBuzz was a success from day one. In 2013, an independent non-profit association was founded to drive sustainability in business, grow the momentum and build on the traction that GreenBuzz had been gaining since 2010. Since then, the GreenBuzz community has grown to more than 3,500 Buzzers only in Zurich. In late 2014, GreenBuzz Global was founded to address the demand from other cities, and new local chapters were founded in Berlin, Amsterdam, Geneva and Bern.

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Our Team

We are a diverse, complementary and committed team of sustainability professionals who are deeply rooted in the sustainability scene. We share our expertise to keep the GreenBuzz association developing and the community buzzing. Thanks to the diversity and wealth of knowledge gathered in our team and board, we can make sure to always stay on top of the most relevant sustainability topics and therefore provide state-of-the-art events and services.

Take a look at our team and board!

GreenBuzz Executive Board
Stephen Neff

Stephen has a vast amount of knowledge and working experience in the technology and clean tech industry. As GreenBuzz Zurich’s president, he heads the executive board and works closely with the team towards achieving our vision. Furthermore, Stephen is the CEO of myclimate. 

Lim Adriaenssens
Vice President & Treasurer

Lim is passionate about innovating and collaborating through challenges. He makes sure that GreenBuzz stays up to date with current trends in the sustainability ecosystem and together with our MD is responsible for finances. Besides GreenBuzz, Lim is a Senior ESG Benchmarking Specialist at S&P Global.

Aurelia Figueroa

Aurelia is a senior sustainability professional, who is passionate about driving positive social and environmental impacts globally and locally. She is currently the Global Head of Sustainability at Breitling SA and supports GreenBuzz with her managerial mindset and sustainability expertise. 

GreenBuzz Core Team
Johannes Pokorny
Managing Director

As our Managing Director, Johannes worked for several years in the performing arts business, studied musicology and business economics. He brings to GreenBuzz his knowledge and experience of developing longterm strategic projects with the main goal of always matching the right people and interests together. He has a passion for all sustainability topics and for supporting change-makers to make positive changes within their organizations.

André Jooste
Partnerships Manager

André finds inspiration by building bridges between sectors and individuals to drive sustainability. He studied Business and Sustainability Management and has several years of experience working in the agricultural commodity trading industry. At GreenBuzz, he enjoys building long-term, mutually beneficial relationships.

Rachel Dale
Event Manager

As our Event Manager, Rachel brings her passion for connecting people and her entrepreneurial spirit to GreenBuzz. She has a lot of experience in project management, having studied biology, has a strong interest in all things nature. If you have ideas for future events, please get in touch with Rachel.

Zarina Majetic

Zarina holds a Master's degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Zurich. She is particularly interested in those aspects of sustainability that relate to people – expanding opportunities for all, improving quality of life, reducing inequalities, and thus, creating more inclusive societies. At GreenBuzz, she supports the team in Events and Communications.

GreenBuzz Volunteer Team

Alexie Duncker
Topic Lead Hospitality & Tourism

Alexie has over 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry and a background in management and business development. In new projects, she always prioritizes positive impact and sustainability.

Anisong Somchid
Social Media Manager

Anisong is an avid advocator for sustainable and ethical practices in and around the fashion and beauty industry. With her knowledge of social media, she helps GreenBuzz grow and communicate with their audience. 

Camilla Leopoldino
Topic Lead Sustainable Finance

Camilla work as an ESG analyst for Vontobel, she is passionate about sustainability, and business strategy. She supports GreenBuzz on events about the finance sector.

Christina Nakhle
Topic Lead Renewable Energy & Construction

Christina works at the Group for Sustainability and Technology at ETH, primarily on topics relating to energy and buildings. At Greenbuzz she focuses on our events related to energy.

Cristina Maria Nieddu
Content Performance & Analytics

Cristina is an experienced online travel manager & hospitality expert with a passion for sustainability, business and strategy. She supports us with her analytical skills, mostly in content performance management.

Emma Farrell
Topic Lead Sustainable Finance

Emma is working on the newly established Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) Sustainable Investing team within Credit Suisse Asset Management and supports GreenBuzz on events about the finance sector.

Fidel Chiriboga
Topic Lead Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Forestry

Fidel is an ETH alumnus. His profile relates to restoration, ecosystem management, conservation, nature-based solutions of carbon sequestration and their interplay with food sourcing, value chains and other socio-economic aspects of sustainability.

Holger Hendrichs
Topic Lead Building & Construction

Holger works at greenTEG, an ETH spin-off active in the field of building technology and energy harvesting. At GreenBuzz, he pushes our activities in the sustainable construction stream.

Jeffrey Belt
Topic Lead Technology

Jeffrey is a software engineer with decades of experience at Microsoft in Seattle, USA and now Google Switzerland GmbH. He is also a lifetime learner about how individuals and societies can fit within ecosystem boundaries.

Liesbeth Deddens
Content Performance Manager

Liesbeth is product marketing manager at Climeworks. Her passion is to find improvements and have a positive impact. At GreenBuzz she is looking at the performance of the newsletter and website.

Marco Buscemi
Marketing & Communications

Marco is an experienced marketing communication expert with a passion for sustainability, business and transformation. He supports us with his strategic marketing and operational management skills.

Marie Froehlicher
Topic Lead Social Sustainability

Marie works in ESG Research at S&P Global, specialising in diversity and inclusion. At Greenbuzz, she focuses on social sustainability. 

Michele McCoig
Event Photographer

Michele is a freelance photographer with a passion for the visual image, capturing moments and telling stories. She supports GreenBuzz with event and portrait photography. 

Carmen Sirboiu
Event Photographer

Carmen is an experienced brand portrait photographer. She supports GreenBuzz with event and portrait photography. 

Petra Krivinskas
Topic Lead Mobility

Petra has a background in the mobility and automotive industry and has worked with several multi-national organisations. She is currently studying for an Executive MBA in Sustainable Business and is also the co-founder of a Zurich based electric mobility start-up.

Sylwia Orczykowska
Marketing, Comms & Art Direction

Sylwia is an art direction, marketing and comms expert, with a high degree of passion for branding and storytelling. She founded ART NOW! GLOBAL - a community of artists and scientists dedicating their work to sustaining life on earth. 

GreenBuzz Advisory Board

We consult experienced professionals who are passionate about sustainability and the development of GreenBuzz. Our advisory board contributes to success of GreenBuzz with a great mixture of their respective competences coming from different spheres of society and businesses.

Antoine Prédour
Falko Paetzold
Heather Kirk
Karin Reiter