Rolf Schwery is the founder and Executive Director of SchweryCade.
Rolf spent nearly a decade in Russia becoming familiar with a foreign culture and language. His first degree is in Economics (University of Fribourg); his PhD in Social Sciences (Russian Academy of Sciences).
As executive director of the Swiss Academy for Development (SAD), Rolf had the positive experience of managing an NGO through difficult times. He is a pioneer in the field of Sport and Development and strongly believes that development doesn’t need to be painful, but can be a lot of fun.
He likes all kind of sports, and plays squash regularly. In 2009, he ran his first marathon in Florence and climbed the highest mountain in Europe, Mt. Elbrus (5642m) in the Caucasus, and Mont Blanc (4810m).
Rolf is fluent in German, English, Russian and French.
Sarah Benz joins the team as an intern from the University of Berne, where she recently completed a Bachelors’s degree in history, law, and theories of state and sustainable development.
She is interested in different types of sport and enjoys mono-skiing, traveling, and reading. Next to having a good time with friends.
Tamara Minder joined the SchweryCade team in January 2021. She is a certified GRI specialist with experience in Public administration (with a focus on children´s rights), Law, and Communications. Tamara holds a master’s degree in Journalism and completed university programs in Public Administration.
Her hobbies are literature, ballet, jogging, and wine culture.
Tamara speaks Russian, Ukrainian, English, and French.
Alessandra joins the team as an intern from the University of Berne, where she is currently undertaking a bachelor’s degree in social science, sustainable development, and sport science. Aside from her duties involving sustainable event management, Alessandra will also use her time with us to write her bachelor thesis about social development with sport.
She pursues many different physical activities in her spare time such as handball, lacrosse, running, and snowboarding but also enjoys new adventures whilst traveling the world.
Daniel is director at SchweryCade. He advises organisations on socially responsible practice, especially concerning the management of and reporting on sustainable events.
He has an undergraduate degree in Sports Science and Business Management and a Masters degree in the Management, Law and Humanities of Sport.
Daniel sees sport as an essential companion in life, bringing individuals in to the moment and leaving them with a sense of fulfilment. He believes that sport can be used as a fresh way of engaging with people and opening them up to experience and learn new things.
His main sport is football, which he plays and coaches with a passion. He also competes for fun in triathlons, and enjoys travel, writing and learning languages.
Mia Salvemini joined the SchweryCade team in November 2016. She has a background in both sport and sustainability, as well as art and tourism.
Mia recently completed a Masters degree in Sport Administration and Technology at AISTS in Lausanne. She enjoys both watching and participating in all different sports.
Vy Chi joined the SchweryCade team in 2016, where she combines the spheres of sports and environmental sciences in her professional life. With a dedication to detail she helps sports organisations investigate how their events can be the most sustainable – not only for the environment, but also for participants, workers, and the society.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences and a Master’s degree in Human Health, Nutrition and Environment ETH Zurich. Beside her work at SchweryCade she is a passionate dancer, beach volleyball player and a dedicated physical education teacher. She believes in the power of sports and sees sports as an instrument to bring people together.
Since 2012 she has been part of the Team für Nachhaltigkeit of the ASVZ SOLA-Stafette in Zurich. From 2011 to 2017 she was a delegation member of the Swiss Summer Universiade team.
Alena Schwery , Media / Design
Alena is responsible for design across various projects.
Her main activities include web publishing, photographic reports, graphic design, preparation of presentations, business and event reports.
Katalin Urbán , GRI Trainer
Katalin has experienced the challenges of sustainable development for almost 20 years as well as in industry, as an NGO and also as a consultant, providing diverse view on the issues.
Katalin graduated as MSc in Environmental Technology and Occupational Health in Finland, later also having a decree in Environmental Law in Hungary. She was managing the first ever sustainability report in Hungary (GRI „in accordance”), and has been part of the reporting project for more than 20 reports. She was a member of the first GRI Stakeholder Council, and probably the most experienced user of the GRI Reporting Framework in Hungary.
She tried several sports, skiing, tennis and cross-country skiing, also including ski orienteering in which she was part of the Hungarian National Team, and participated 4 times at the World Championships. Currently she is a great fan of horse riding.
Katalin is fluent in Hungarian, English and Finnish, and speaks also German.