Meet the HBA Suisse Romande Team

We are a team of very passionate volunteers:

  • Driving opportunities to facilitate career and business connections – a.k.a. networking
  • Providing a forum and space for women to gather, share and ask questions 
  • Embedding effective practices that enable organizations to realize the full potential of their female talent
  • Organizing events for a wide range of healthcare industry professionals within the geographic areas from Geneva to Lausanne, including the Neuchatel and Fribourg regions, otherwise known as the French-speaking part of Switzerland.

Sharrin Joos
HBA Suisse Romande president

Why have you joined HBA Suisse Romande?
I began my HBA journey five years ago as one of the founding members of Suisse Romande. As an unpaid volunteer, this role is the one that has brought me the most joy in my career so far. 

Why are you volunteering for the HBA?
The HBA is a place you can make your mark; and not just on your own development but on those around you. If you told me three years ago that I would lead a team of 15 high potential women from industry and academia, I would have run. And herein lies the story that is the #HBAImpact.

Maria S. George
RGP, Switzerland 
HBA Suisse Romande vice president

Why have you joined HBA Suisse Romande?
I joined the HBA as director of operations in early 2019 and took on the VP role in 2020. Being a member and volunteer at the HBA gives me the opportunity to make an impact as a leader, sharing experiences and knowledge with the team and across the HBA and support career advancements of the future female leaders as a mentor.

Why are you volunteering for the HBA?
On top of the opportunities mentioned above, the HBA has also provided a platform for further exposure to the life science and healthcare industries globally and for professional and personal development.

Birgit Fleurent
executive advisor, Healthcare Strategy & Marketing Leadership
HBA Suisse Romande operations director

Why have you joined HBA Suisse Romande?
I joined the HBA in January 2020 as a chapter volunteer and leader. I have been completely inspired by the women and men I have met. During my rewarding career in healthcare marketing and strategy leadership, I have really valued supporting and encouraging women to develop, grow and succeed. 

Why are you volunteering for the HBA?
Being a volunteer at the HBA fosters the ability to learn from and inspire a broad network of women to find their inner strength and thrive, both personally and professionally.

Imogen Marouillat
Merck KGaA, Switzerland
HBA Suisse Romande director of programming

Why have you joined HBA Suisse Romande?
I joined the HBA to extend my local network and better understand the healthcare industry. With the encouragement of our chapter president, I began my role as director of programming in February 2019 and never looked back.

Why are you volunteering for the HBA?
Being a member and volunteer has given me exposure in and outside of Merck, personal development and management experience, as well as the opportunity to make an impact: all facilitating the advancement of my early career.

Rachael Remaly Franco
associate director, public affairs, Incyte 
HBA Suisse Romande director membership and engagement

Why have you joined HBA Suisse Romande?
I joined the HBA in 2015 after attending an event about the evolution of R&D in Pharma and it solidified what I wanted to do next in my career.

Why are you volunteering for the HBA?
I started volunteering in 2018 and the experience has been very rewarding, working alongside some talented women as well as the management and strategic skills that I’ve gained. I have also been a mentor for the last two years where I have been able to share my experiences with some very talented and motivated women.

Isabelle Jeangoudoux
global marketing operations manager, BD
HBA Suisse Romande director of marketing and communications

Why have you joined HBA Suisse Romande?
I joined the HBA in 2015 and started volunteering for events management with HBA Suisse Romande. I wanted more interactions with my healthcare peers. I have been supporting the chapter as the director of marketing and communications, with a team of four volunteers since 2018.

Why are you volunteering for the HBA?
I am an HBA volunteer because I want to be actively engaged to further the advancement of women's careers in healthcare and life science. In my healthcare and life science networks, I am volunteering to make an impact to encourage inclusion and diversity.

How being an HBA volunteer has impacted your professional life? 
I was recognized in 2017 with an HBA Volunteer Everest Award. I have been able to inspire more women and men in my company within the Ambassador Program. I was awarded an HBA Ambassador Visionary Award in 2018 and asked by my company to be the Corporate Partner Liaison to cascade HBA advantages to BD EMEA Associates. I am very grateful to be connected with incredible women and men. Thank you to the HBA for all these enriching experiences.

Filipa Teixeira 
UNIL, Switzerland
HBA Suisse Romande membership and engagement team

Why have you joined HBA Suisse Romande?
I joined the HBA at the beginning of 2019 and immediately became a volunteer with HBA Suisse Romande.

Why are you volunteering for the HBA?
Being part of the HBA community allows me not only to develop new skills and connect across the healthcare industry but more importantly gives me the opportunity to work alongside phenomenal and inspiring people who put themselves at the service of empowering others to reach their full potential.

Romy Benninga 
Abionic SA, Switzerland
HBA Suisse Romande membership and engagement, marketing and communication teams

Why have you joined HBA Suisse Romande?
After attending a face-to-face event in 2019, I quickly discovered the extensive support that the HBA offers for those in the healthcare industry.

Why are you volunteering for the HBA?
By volunteering, not only I have gained exposure to a completely diverse network, but also the chance to work with people who encourage and fuel my confidence. This, along with the chance to develop my leadership skills, has helped me grow personally and professionally, to ultimately be better at what I do. 

Argine Pereda
HR manager 
HBA Suisse Romande membership and engagement team

Why have you joined HBA Suisse Romande?
I joined the HBA in June 2019 through the Ambassador program and became a volunteer in January 2020.

Why are you volunteering for the HBA?
The HBA gives me the opportunity to connect across the industry with a variety of incredible women and learn from their experiences. Since I started volunteering, I have already put my skills into practice and started developing new ones.

Annette Ives
Ac Bioscience SA, Switzerland
HBA Suisse Romande marketing and communications team

Why have you joined HBA Suisse Romande?
I joined the HBA in 2017 after attending a great event focused on wellness. I connected with the HBA Suisse Romande team and became a volunteer quickly afterward. 

Why are you volunteering for the HBA?
HBA membership and volunteering allow me to interact with the extraordinary people who have committed their careers to impacting human health. From these experiences, I have expanded my network, learned new skills, discovered new areas of interest and made new friends who support me both professionally and personally. 

Catherine Bates
freelancer, writer and translation service provider 
HBA Suisse Romande marketing and communications team

Why have you joined HBA Suisse Romande?
Thanks to the HBA, I have met a lot of great women and our shared interest in healthcare gives the group a sense of purpose

Why are you volunteering for the HBA?
I enjoy volunteering to advance the mission of both the HBA and HBA Suisse Romande.

Anastasie Formey de Saint Louvent
European marketing manager, BD
HBA Suisse Romande marketing and communications team

Why have you joined HBA Suisse Romande?
I joined the HBA as a volunteer two years ago as I am a strong believer in gender equality and the value of diversity overall. Since then, I got the chance to meet and network with other women working in the industry.

Why are you volunteering for the HBA?
Being part of the HBA community helps me deepen my understanding of the healthcare landscape overall and develop myself.

Elena Aritonovska
Ph.D. molecular biologist 
HBA Suisse Romande programming team

Why have you joined HBA Suisse Romande?
I have been volunteering with the HBA Suisse Romande programming team for a couple of years now and it has been an enriching experience both personally and professionally. 

Why are you volunteering for the HBA?
Being part of this community, I get to connect with ambitious, like-minded professionals, progressively expand my network, learn and evolve professionally, all while sharing valuable experiences and working together towards a common goal.

Marisa Galiliea
independent consultant
HBA Suisse Romande programming team

Why have you joined HBA Suisse Romande?
I joined the HBA Suisse Romande team in October 2020 because I saw it as a unique opportunity to be part of a group of inspiring, hardworking people that are actively empowering women to reach for their dreams. 

Why are you volunteering for the HBA?
As a volunteer, I enjoy creating programs and events that allow people to develop their skills and knowledge while connecting with others. There is so much talent in the healthcare industry, it would be a shame not to share it with the world.

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