Fahad Ahsan - May 2024

Fahad Ahsan

Fahad Ahsan successfully completed his studies in 2009 at the Vellore Institute of Technology University, India, as a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering with a focus on Chemical and Bioprocess Development.

He is a project management and engineering professional with over 14 years of experience in managing Capital green and brown field pharmaceutical projects in India, Africa & Europe. He has been based in Switzerland since 2017. He possesses extensive experience in managing the overall life cycle, execution, and management of pharmaceutical projects, from concept design to commissioning, and final handover. Fahad has excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, which enable him to manage project resources and complexities efficiently, as well as the ability to establish good relations with all stakeholders.

He has previously worked with Thermofisher Scientific, CSL Behring, and Jacobs Engineering (for Biogen, Luterbach) in various roles, including: project management; engineering design management; engineering; change management; and site handover management. Fahad joined Pharmaplan in Basel in November 2023.

In his free time, Fahad enjoys cooking and reading.

You can learn more about Fahad by visiting his LinkedIn profile

Vincent Defalque - April 2024

Vincent Defalque

Vincent is a Belgian national, working at Breitling as a Business Performance and KPI Project Manager in Granges, Switzerland. He holds a master’s degree from EPFL in chemical engineering, as well as masters in Biotechnology and Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. Vincent has 5 years of experience in managing cross-functional projects within multinational companies, including Rolex and Novartis. He obtained his PMI certification in December 2023.

In his free time, Vincent enjoys scuba diving, participating in endurance running races, football, tennis, skiing and playing violin.

You can learn more about Vincent by visiting his LinkedIn profile.

Mariia Fufaieva - April 2024

Mariia Fufaieva

Originally from Ukraine, Mariia has been calling Cham home since February 2023. With a rich background in administrative support, attained through working within diverse sectors, at NGOs, Government, and Intergovernmental Organizations, Mariia has also delved into the corporate world with a two-year stint at SAP in global finance. She is currently working in EULAR (Zurich) as a Communication and Communities Assistant.

Having worked in Ukraine and the Czech Republic, Mariia possesses a broad understanding of different cultures and work environments, enriching her professional journey. Armed with a PRINCE2 Foundation certification, Mariia has actively participated in planning and implementing projects within SAP, demonstrating her keen interest and aptitude for project management.

Driven by a desire to excel in project management, Mariia has recently become a member of the Project Management Institute, aiming to enhance her skills, gain valuable experience through volunteering, and expand her professional network.
Beyond the realm of work, Mariia finds joy in reading, baking, hiking, and the rhythmic movements of bachata dancing ("embodying a holistic approach to life and well-being.")

You can learn more about Mariia by visiting her LinkedIn profile.


Felicia Strüber - April 2024

Felicia Strüber

Felicia, a German citizen, originally from Frankfurt am Main, has been living in Switzerland for more than 9 years, the last year of which in Basel. 

She is the Customer Success Manager at Parm AG in Kreuzlingen, a company developing project management software. Her career began as an financial markets auditor at EY, progressing to roles such as Business Analyst and Project Manager at Swatec, developing fee management software for Fonds in Asset Management (Financial Industry). Thereafter, Felicia moved to Frankfurt for three and a half years, where she for Urban Science, a company producing automotive industry software.

Having gained many insights across different companies, and gained experience across projects (from small to large-scale), she possesses a good understanding of struggles within Project Management. This knowledge helps Felicia greatly in her role, in developing the best fit for their project management software solutions.

Her hobbies include sailing, spending time in nature (whenever she has the time), and growing and cooking her own food.

Felicia is looking forward to connecting with the PMI Switzerland Chapter members, and gaining greater insight into the PMI network, as she would like to acquire a PMP certification this year.

You can learn more about Felicia by visiting her LinkedIn profile.

Valentin Dal Zotto - April 2024

Valentin DAL ZOTTO

Valentin Dal Zotto was born and raised in Nyon, in the French part of Switzerland. He is currently Junior Project Manager in Risk & Compliance Management at Pictet, a private bank in Geneva, where he started a two-years Graduate Program in 2023. He holds a Master of Arts in Business Innovation and an additional certificate in Managing Climate Solutions from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

He has over 4 years’ experience in project management thanks to his active involvement in oikos St. Gallen and oikos International, a student organization promoting sustainability in business and economics. As project members for several projects and Head of two teams of 4-6 people, he significantly contributed to the successful completion of purposeful projects, such as fostering the synergies between oikos St. Gallen teams and oikos International as well as the elaboration of a Framework for Climate Neutral events. In parallel to his volunteering experience, he completed two internships in Germany and Switzerland, respectively as Intern in Business Development and as intern Project Management Officer.

In his spare time, Valentin enjoys sports, such as football, climbing, skiing, and diving, but also learning more about NextGen topics, such as sustainability (sustainable finance, circular economy, sustainable innovation), purposeful leadership (values-driven, purpose-driven, coaching, etc.) and mindfulness (self-reflection, self-development, meditation).

Valentin joined the PMI Swiss Chapter to network with other project managers, learn best practices, and become a purposeful and effective leader.

You can learn more about Valentin by visiting his LinkedIn Profile.