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, 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 3,000 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. Currently, we are working on expanding GreenBuzz Global to establish global reach and impact.

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GreenBuzz 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.

Stephen Neff
EXECUTIVE BOARD - President

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.

Lim Adriaenssens
EXECUTIVE BOARD - 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.

Patricia Matzdorf
EXECUTIVE BOARD - Community Building & Engagement

Patricia is a seasoned partnership specialist with a passion for innovative initiatives. At Greenbuzz she helps to diversify the community and give members access to sustainability projects.

Jean-Marc Thorens
EXECUTIVE BOARD - Communications & PR

Jean-Marc is passionate about people and global sustainability initiatives. He is fueling Greenbuzz with his expertise from over 15 years in live communication.

Lena Stüdeli
OPERATIONAL TEAM - Managing Director

Lena has an academic background with a focus on the effective communication of sustainability. Since December 2019, she is the managing director of GreenBuzz Zurich.

Rachel Dale
OPERATIONAL TEAM - Events Manager

As the events manager, Rachel brings her passion for connecting people and her entrepreneurial spirit to GreenBuzz. If you have ideas for future events, please get in touch with her.

Sabrina Simili
OPERATIONAL TEAM - Partner Relations

During her studies in Religion, Economics &Politics at the University of Zurich, Sabrina focused on business ethics. Now she is happy to support GreenBuzz with her experience and knowledge in fundraising, sponsorships and partner relations.

Luke Robinson
OPERATIONAL TEAM - Communications Intern

Luke studied humanities in the UK before moving to Switzerland, where he now works as an intern in our communications team. With him he brings his experience in marketing and comms as well as a great passion for environmental protection.

Daniela Geib
OPERATIONAL TEAM - Event Management Intern

After obtaining a degree in cultural studies with a major in history, where Daniela focused on a variety of topics in sustainability, she now applies her knowledge as part of the event management team.

Robin Weisser
VOLUNTEER TEAM - Impact Measurement

Robin studies political sciences at the University of Zurich. After being a part of the operational team in 2020, he now supports GreenBuzz with impact measurement and monitoring as a volunteer.

Marie Froehlicher
VOLUNTEER TEAM - 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. 

Alexie Duncker
VOLUNTEER TEAM - 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.

Mounia Boujija
VOLUNTEER TEAM - Topic Lead Food & Agriculture

Mounia is a Strategy and Projects Manager at Chocolat Frey, on top of that she runs our events on food & agriculture.

Fidel Chiriboga
VOLUNTEER TEAM - Topic Lead Food & Agriculture

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
VOLUNTEER TEAM - 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.

Christina Nakhle
VOLUNTEER TEAM - Topic Lead Renewable Energy

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.

John Duncan
VOLUNTEER TEAM - Topic Lead Plastics & Marine Stewardship

John works with WWF International coordinating their No Plastics in Nature Initiative. At GreenBuzz he leads events related to plastics and marine stewardship.

Taeun Kwon
VOLUNTEER TEAM - Topic Lead Sustainable Finance I

Taeun Kwon is the Head of Wealth Manager Programs at the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth at the University of Zurich. At GreenBuzz she leads our sustainable finance topic stream.

Emma Farrell
VOLUNTEER TEAM - Topic Lead Sustainable Finance II

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.

Camilla Leopoldino
VOLUNTEER TEAM - Topic Lead Sustainable Finance III

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.

Jeffrey Belt
VOLUNTEER TEAM - 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.

Francesca Ronzio
VOLUNTEER TEAM - Topic Lead Mobility

Francesca is mechanical engineer & MBA graduate. She works in the R&D of a Swiss manufacturing company in the automotive sector. She is passionate about sustainability, challenging existing design practices to support new product ideation & learning about new technologies.

Liesbeth Deddens
VOLUNTEER TEAM - 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
VOLUNTEER TEAM - 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.

Cristina Maria Nieddu
VOLUNTEER TEAM - 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.

Aisha Schnellmann
VOLUNTEER TEAM - Research & Content

Aisha is a communications expert in development and sustainability topics. She continuously develops our communications and networking strategy.

Carole Gerhard
VOLUNTEER TEAM - Research & Content

Carole is a marketing and communications professional with more than 5 years of experience in various fields of the hospitality sector currently writing her thesis on CSR in the hotel industry. 

Anisong Somchid
VOLUNTEER TEAM - 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. 

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.

Falko Paetzold
MANAGING DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE FINANCE AND PRIVATE WEALTH, UZH | ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR EBS UNIVERSITY
Amanda Turner Ege
SENIOR ASSOCIATE, ELEA FOUNDATION FOR ETHICS IN GLOBALIZATION
Antoine Prédour
HEAD OF CLIMATE FINANCE INITIATIVES, RESPONSABILITY INVESTMENTS AG
Robert Boer
PROGRAM DIRECTOR, BLUE HORIZON CORPORATION
Sabine Lötscher
GLOBAL STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT, LAFARGEHOLCIM
Heather Kirk
PROJECT MANAGEMENT, SCIENCE & SUSTAINABILITY