Board 2020

The SIETAR Switzerland Board is the strategy-setting and decision-making body between Annual General Meetings. It is composed of elected members of SIETAR Switzerland, led by a President elected at the Annual General Meeting.

The Board seeks to provide good governance and leadership to the Association and its members, according to the bylaws of the Association. It is accountable to the membership and presents its results at the Annual General Meeting.
Board members work in a spirit of openness and transparency and, in so doing, demonstrate their adoption of the following core principles of good governance:
  • working effectively both as individuals and as a team;
  • behaving with integrity;
  • ensuring delivery of organizational purpose;
  • exercising effective control;
  • managing the ressources of the association,
  • being open and accountable.
Members interested in occupying a position on the Board should announce themselves to the President to enquire about positions to be filled.
The current incumbents are:

Sabine Baerlocher, President

Sabine Baerlocher owns and manages Active Synapses, a company specializing in Intercultural Networking based in Geneva. Sabine studied law with a specialization in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. She grew up in Geneva and has worked and lived in France, the USA and the German part of Switzerland.

Since over 20 years, Sabine has been providing cultural trainings, individual coaching and conferences in French, English and German, helping people deal with intercultural interactions, culture shock and improve their positive and cultural intelligences. She teaches Intercultural Communication at the HEG – Haute Ecole de Gestion in Geneva. She also provides courses on D&I to different Universities and Business Schools in Switzerland and in France.

Sabine is particularly interested in managing religious diversity at work. In 2018, she finalized an academic study on “Religious diversity practices within multinational companies in the French speaking part of Switzerland”. She is currently continuing on this path giving different conferences and training in the matter.
As a coach and as a trainer, she has had the opportunity to work directly with people from all over the world (over 100 different nationalities) with highly different socio-economical backgrounds and life experiences.

This is Sabine’s second term on the Board. She has been a valued contributor and led the team to deliver on our 2018 Congress. She he is proud to have co-headed the original strategizing and planning of the 2020 congress: The Future of Inclusion.

“Investing myself with SIETAR Switzerland is fully aligned with my dream which is to raise collective cultural awareness to a true consciousness. My life purpose is to facilitate respect of differences, embracing diversity and working together towards a better world. Within SIETAR Switzerland the range & mix of expertises and perspectives allows us to re-think our limiting beliefs and grow both individually and as a group. This is real inclusion – diversity in action – helping us to thrive in an interconnected globalized world. SIETAR Switzerland is providing an appropriate link between research and practice as well as developing and maintaining high expertise within the intercultural field.”

Arnaud Detourbet, Treasurer

Arnaud Detourbet graduated in Finance, Accounting and Economics (Paris-Sceaux University and CNAM) after an initial training at Paris Chamber of Commerce management school. He acquired international financial experience in the controlling department of international groups in an Anglo-Saxon working culture with Hispanic countries (Delta Air Lines, Stanhome, Yves Rocher, Sicli-Chubb, Siemens, Alcatel, Dassault Systèmes). He grew up in Paris, partly living in Geneva and Mallorca then established in Geneva in 2015.
Since 2004, he has been carrying out projects in Transition Finance Management as FP & A Manager or Financial Controller and leading teams and Finance services through transformation following an acquisition, a spin-off, a modification of an ERP or regulatory implementation. Transition management requires a strategic overview and operational activity. Arnaud’s main responsibility was to transform and then hand over a function to a junior manager or a renewed team. In 2012, Arnaud validated his expertise and experience through the Management of Transition Certification at Paris-Dauphine University.

In 2015, he settled in Geneva and dedicated himself to several associations as dual career partner’s integration (IDCN), language exchange groups (CAGI), Wikipedia projects (les sans pagEs), maths tuition to refugees to prepare them for future apprenticeship (Interactions), an umbrella association for volunteers (Genève Bénévolat) and lately riding therapy association (Le Cheval Médiateur).

Joining SIETAR Switzerland was an obvious choice after years of work with different industrial and national cultures. In Transition Management, you invest in mixing past and present working habits to co-create the future organisation. Multicultural environments are highly beneficial for individuals and industry as they provide access to the richness of global studies, research and perspectives, driving innovation which in turn has a positive impact on production.”

Jillaine FarrarVice President

Intercultural is an important part of Jillaine Farrar’s life, both privately and professionally. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she has been teaching intercultural leadership and English for Business to adults in Switzerland and internationally, in both higher-education and corporate settings, for over two decades. Her education, research, and her experiences have contributed to her belief in the importance of facilitating cooperative actions aimed towards intercultural growth, inclusion, and leadership development.

Crossing geographic borders to learn, live, and work has provided many opportunities to embody lived experiences interculturally, both privately and professionally. She earned her master’s from The University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, and her CAS International Leadership from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts-Business in Switzerland. She is a qualified IDI administrator and holder of the Japan Intercultural Institute’s Brain, Mind and Culture Masterclass certificate.

In addition to the Canadian and Swiss cultures, she has had the privilege to interact with many cultures thanks to her position as Head of the Exchange Program, lecturer in the taught-in-English degree programs, and Co-Head CAS International Leadership at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts-Business. In connection with her university work and research field, Jillaine is also a part of the Virtual Leadership Knowledge Network team and is the vice president of the ICP European University Network.

As vice president of SIETAR Switzerland, she is proud to have co-headed the planning of the successful 2020 congress on inclusion and intercultural topics, which had to be moved online in autumn 2020 in a dispersed format due to the global situation. Jillaine co-heads the Value Recognition for the Profession – Academic Survey Project and a UNESCO Futures of Education Forum, both initiated in 2020. Further, she is the board member responsible for the SIETAR Switzerland peer-reviewed Journal.

“Volunteering as a board member for SIETAR Switzerland is an opportunity for me to give back to the intercultural field. SIETAR Switzerland provides a valuable link to practice and research in the areas of intercultural, integration, and international leadership.”

Gundhild A. Hoenig, Board Member, Lead Mentoring programme

Gundhild A. Hoenig is passionate about people, their potential and human issues. Following a successful career as a Human Resources & Organizational Development Professional, she founded her consultancy, with Switzerland as the hub for international services. Her activities focus on :

  • accompanying people and global organizations in transition across cultures and geographical regions, addressing strategic prioritization, and cross-cultural understanding in the professional and humanitarian field,
  • fostering collective cultural intelligence for a positive organization transformation and people development,
  • moving towards trusted collaboration, burnout-free environments and workplace evolution.

As a trusted cultural navigator, she makes global (leadership) journeys meaningful. Gundhild has a university background as a lecturer, conference speaker and mentor. Her professional involvement has taken her to diverse cultures and various countries across the globe.

In addition to her Board function, she is SIETAR Switzerland’s MeetUp Ambassador in Basel and our representative on the “Swiss Civil Society Platform on Migration and Development”.

“No matter where around the globe – being able to create common reference points and mutual understanding is more than an art, it is a MUST for all of us. Whether we want to sustain a globally successful business, foster intercultural learning, contribute to a peaceful coexistence, or just make friends across cultures and regions. SIETAR as an international organization and its members and affiliates around the world have been contributing for decades now to education, training and research in the intercultural field and making the world culturally more accessible and more peaceful. I am happy and proud to be invited to contribute to SIETAR Switzerland.”

Kimberly VanLandingham, Board Member, Co-Lead “Value Recognition for the Profession” 

Kimberly is the CEO, a communication strategist and workshop facilitator at European Market Link Sàrl, providing intercultural and communication training to business leaders, teams, and techies. She worked for 23 years at DuPont de Nemours; living in the United States and Switzerland, and traveling to over 50 countries. In technical, marketing and business development roles; she became known for growing and fixing businesses in various industries (e.g. electronics, biotech, chemicals, plastics, specialty consumer markets and many more). Encountering cultural challenges as Global Business Manager (P/L $75 million), EMEA Regional Manager (P/L $150 million), and Corporate Growth Manager (for 29 countries); she became an advocate for cross-cultural and communications skills and training. She returned to university to deeply study the latest tools. Today, she helps international leaders and teams to voice their ideas and work together. Kimberly has a MA in Cross-Cultural Communications and a BS in Electrical Engineering. Kimberly has lived in Switzerland since 2001 and has secondary homes in France and Spain.

“Just as we bring together diverse cultures, SIETAR Switzerland brings us together. It offers a platform to share, grow, and advocate intercultural knowledge and skills. I’m honoured to support SIETAR Switzerland on the board and I hope to support the growth of our international abilities and the strength of our voice.”