In Focus

Want to meet some of the incredibly talented friends of Contentalist who have come to life in front of the camera? Each is filled with endless amounts of drive, passion and determination. Plus, a powerful “why” that continually inspires and fuels great things. Add an extra-large dash of authenticity and presto. It’s no wonder they are capturing attention and being heard in this noisy world.

Dr. Renu Ann Joseph

Lead Data Scientist, QuantumBasel; NED, Virtido Center for Data Science and AI; Founder & CEO, Luminant Analytics and Co-host, Innovation UnderCover

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After earning a PhD in Economics and building a super-charged career that began as an analyst at Moody’s Analytics in the U.S. and then to the insurance sector in Switzerland, Renu was inspired to found Luminant Analytics, an InsurTech startup, focused on data science and analytics. Recognizing that insurance pricing is broken, her mission at Luminant is to help fix it with the use of external data. Her work with Virtido expands on her objectives with Luminant, pioneering the use of data analytics to help companies in other industries predict customer needs, identify new markets and drive profitability. As the Lead Data Scientist at QuantumBasel, she is helping to launch and build Switzerland’s first commercially viable quantum center. Her passion on the topics of diversity and innovation has led her to create and co-host Innovation Undercover, intended to uncover the unheard voices of innovation in Europe and the U.S.

This rising star has been named one of ACORD’s Top Women InsurTech Leaders of 2022 and 12 Fintech Leader Women to Follow. She is also an active alumni and mentor in Zurich’s F10 Incubator & Accelerator working with the next generation of new startups.

QuantumBasel Luminant Analytics Virtido Innovation UnderCover

Lisa Ross Magenty-Blaettler

Client Services Director, Audience Communication & Events

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With a career that has taken Lisa from the UK to Switzerland, this senior integrated brand strategy, advertising, marketing and communications professional has extensive experience supporting pharma, biotech, international brands, businesses, sports and NGOs. Throughout her career, she has built global brands, while delivering multi-market integrated communications campaigns and strategic marcoms advice at the most senior levels. The impact of her work has been felt in developed and rapid-growth markets across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. As the Client Services Director at Audience, she supports companies with their branding, integrated marketing & communications, internal comms, coaching, workshops, meetings and event needs. A former coxswain of the Cambridge University rowing team, Lisa is an avid runner, gardener and traveler who enjoys exploring and spending time with family and friends.

Audience Communication & Events

Frank P. Fischer

Associate Partner, Infosys Consulting

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This business leader’s international career includes extensive work in supply chain management, business process management, business transformation and information services for multi-national companies. Successful development, implementation and support of large scale IT-based solutions and building and growing new business ventures are also hallmarks of Frank’s experience. Serving global organizations in Europe and Asia, he is at home in multi-cultural environments. This keen ability allows him to bring together inclusive, geographically dispersed teams that operate efficiently and profitably toward common goals. In his leisure time, he can be spotted riding his motorcycle, paddling his SUP board or hiking in Switzerland or wherever his latest adventure takes him.

Infosys Consulting

Ellie Isacs

Internationally-published Author, Coach and Global Process Expert, Triumph International

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With over two decades of experience working in global and entrepreneurial organizations in Europe, the United States and Australia, Ellie is a natural to lead teams in multi-national organizations. It’s no surprise she is fluent in three languages and has a proven track record in successfully transitioning departments and processes. Ellie mentors and coaches entrepreneurs and professionals towards reaching their potential and living their best life. In her current role at Triumph International, she draws on her knowhow in business process management, stakeholder and people management, business process improvement, change and project management to help run the organization’s financial operations. This internationally published author, coach and Huffington Post contributor holds International Business and Finance degrees from the University of Bridgeport. An avid cook, fashionista, mentor and volunteer, this mom of two enjoys a sip of champagne and spending time with family and friends.

Simone Aïda Baur

Interior Designer, Blogger and Founder, Global Inspirations Design

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Following an illustrious career in the luxury hospitality industry that has taken her to sought-after locations around the world and living in 7 countries on 3 continents, Simone founded Global Inspirations Design, a high-end boutique interior design consultancy. Today, she is an award-winning interior designer and blogger. She writes about all things design, as well as some of the most spectacular hotels in Switzerland and beyond. Simone has been featured in national and international design publications and blogs, such as Das Ideale Heim, meter Magazin, Virgin Islands Property & Yacht, Business & Philanthropy Fortress and Newly Swissed and has also written articles for Wohnrevue and L’Officiel.

Global Inspirations Design

Myriam Hidber Dickinson

Founder, Miss Flute

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This international concert flutist, instructor, event organizer and storyteller has always been in love with music. When Myriam took up the flute at an early age to help with her breathing, she had no idea it would develop into a lifelong love affair, resonating in all that she is and does. Whether she is performing with a duo or an orchestra here in Switzerland, Europe or around the globe, she brings a touch of magic and wonder to her audiences. Myriam is passionate about sharing her appreciation for the flute with students of all ages through personalized teaching. In addition, she organizes musical events for businesses and private groups. When she is not performing, teaching or working on a new story, you will find her walking in nature with her furry friend, Max.

Miss Flute

Sharon Lopes

Founder, Atelier Sharon

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Sharon’s appreciation of art is steeped in the rich warm colors and traditions of her homeland in Goa, India. She refined her talents while in university, earning a fine arts degree. From there she used her skills to build a successful career in advertising. This strong combination led her to found a boutique design and advertising studio, working with clients in the pharma, fashion, food, entertainment and non-profit sectors to create personalized high-impact branding, rebranding and advertising campaigns. Now living in Switzerland, she combines her love of fine art, graphic art and branding in her new venture, Atelier Sharon. Her cultural diversity, multi-dimensional art smarts and branding knowhow allow her to better understand her clients’ needs and create custom projects they desire. This lifelong learner is passionate about expanding her knowledge and experimenting with new techniques that continually push the limits of her creativity.

Atelier Sharon

Vicki Pracht Kirn

Founder, Arbuckles

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What started as a fundraiser for the victims of the 2015 Nepal earthquake became a life-changing journey for this Colorado native living and working in Switzerland. As Vicki watched her young daughter and fan club grow along with her carefully nurtured sourdough starter, she knew it was time to transition from human resources manager to food entrepreneur. Named after her beloved grandmother, Arbuckles’ mission was simple – bringing bagels back home. Bite by bite, these popular hand-rolled bagels made their way into the hearts and tummies of the people in Basel and across Switzerland. During the pandemic, the business continued to grow. Along the way, Vicki began to put her big vision in motion – to support other food entrepreneurs like herself who wanted to share food from their home countries. Listening to her internal voice say it was time to return to her homeland, Vicki recently passed along the apron strings of Arbuckles to two passionate local bakers. While her bagel legacy lives on here in Basel, she and her family are settling into life in the Pacific Northwestern US, just outside Seattle. A recent photo of her daughter full of smiles as they volunteered for a local organization speaks volumes about the journey.


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