The team

We are a growing team, with participants from different work backgrounds, such as social work, management and sustainability business. We come from different regions in Switzerland and from different countries. We are all based in Zurich, which is our city, our place to live, and the place we love and want to transform for the better.

Board Members

Selina Bruderer – Speaker

Having worked for more than two years in an international law firm in Geneva, Selina is currently working at the Bezirksgericht Zurich as an Auditorin. Already during her law studies in Zurich, London, Geneva, and Boston, she volunteered for several non-profit projects related to cultural exchange. Selina is very happy to continue this work with Capacity by focusing on the challenges facing refugees and migrants.

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Hannah Lüddeckens

Hannah is a psychologist working in the field of Psychotherapy. She is particularly interested in guiding individuals through a self-empowerment life journey. In addition, she is committed to advocating for human rights and the integration of people from different cultures and nationalities into the Swiss Society. As a board member of Capacity, Hannah supports the team through her extensive knowledge in the areas of Project Management and Entrepreneurship, which align with her personal interests in the socio-political spheres.

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Josh Gottlieb

Josh moved to Zurich from Melbourne, Australia in October 2016 and is motivated to change the public perception of refugees and migrants and give them every opportunity to reach their potential. He is a marketing, communications and advertising expert with experience in a wide range of industries in his various roles at media agencies in Australia.

Alexa Kuenburg – Speaker

Alexa is a medical doctor who works in refugee healthcare at the University hospital in Zürich. She is also specialized in mediation/conflict management and in trans-cultural studies. She has experience working with various non-profit projects in Europe and the Middle East. She is inspired to contributing to the flourishing of refugees in Switzerland and elsewhere.

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Weitere Teammitglieder

Emily Elsner (nee Adams) – General Manager

Emily is a consultant and researcher originally from the UK.  She specialises in non-profit management, and research at the social-ecological interface. Emily is Co-founder of Capacity Zurich.

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Valentina Velandia – Community Manager

Valentina is primarily a pragmatic idealist with a high dose of global perspectives and experiences. She is an avid gender justice advocate and currently occupies herself with social empowerment projects in Switzerland.