PMI® Switzerland Chapter

New Members Introductions

Valérie Pierre - January 2022

Valérie Pierre

Valerie is an experienced global project / program manager, bilingual French / English and currently learning German at a fast pace. She’s lived in France, US (California), Japan, and is now based in Zurich.
She loves spending time in the problem space before driving a crew in the solution space. She has experience in different domains (e.g. e-learning, e-commerce, productivity software) and hands-on experience with Agile software development and traditional project management (PMP-certified).

In her free time, while not hiking around the Zurichsee, she organizes meetup events to help others connect, learn and help each other. She’s been a co-organizer of the “Innovative Technologies for Learning” meetup group in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 4. Years, and is delighted to join the PMI Switzerland chapter as a Senior event team member.

You can connect on LinkedIn or reach out Valerie directly if you want to have a chat about #learning #startups #pm #agile #ux #designthinking !

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


Anne-Laure Héritier - December 2021

Anne Laure Héritier

Anne-Laure has 20+ years of international Project Management experience with European and Chinese SME/SMI active in various fields such as human resources and entertainment, non for profit, safety equipment’s manufactory, wine trading and healthcare.

Having two Master’s one in philosophy and one in Business Management she started her career piloting HR projects as consultant facilitating team building. She continued in the Trust industry where she graduated STEP (Trust and Estate Practitioner) managing complex structures and foundations for HNWI. She acted as trustee advising clients in launching, planning and structuring any type of assets holding.

She founded her fiduciary company Capital Emergence SA in 2009 developing a project methodology and in association with Chinese based partners launching investment match-making services to bridge Latin American and EU projects with China. She is specialist in strategy implementation and corporate management acting at C level for different companies and family-owned business.

Her last involvement is as Director and Head of Trading for a Swiss Chinese company piloting health and educational project for autistic children in China.

She has three fantastic kids 15, 21 and 23 and is passionate for traveling, dancing, reading and among all sailing. She grew up sailing and competed more than 15 years as a skipper in Mediterranean and French Atlantic coasts.
She graduated PMP in June 2021 and joined the Swiss PMI chapter to network, exchange know-how with peers and finding new project and position opportunities. She is volunteer to develop the network of French speaking part of the Swiss PMI chapter.

You can learn more about Anne-Laure by visiting her LinkedIn profile.

Laurent A. Rigoni - December 2021

Laurent A Rigoni

Originally from Geneva, Switzerland, Laurent followed a traditional path from college to consultant in the health sector while in his heart was brewing a deep desire for more artistic endeavors.
In his mid-twenties, Laurent sold most of his belongings and took a leap of faith in moving to Los Angeles to pursue a dream in film and television acting.

After having achieved some success being cast in several TV shows and films for over ten years, Laurent was presented with the opportunity to take his performance skills on the road and turn scene study into
scenery study as a freelance tour director. In this role, Laurent was able to offer his public speaking abilities and share his enthusiasm for America, its culture, and unique landscapes for about twelve years.

With the devastation of the global pandemic in 2020 and its severe impact on the travel & leisure industry coupled with a growing desire for a new challenge, Laurent started to write a new chapter and has just completed certifications in Project Management (CAPM, Scrum Master PSMI and Product Owner PSPOI).

Laurent is excited to join the PMI Switzerland Chapter for learning and networking opportunities. With dual citizenship, Swiss and American, Laurent now lives between Los Angeles and Geneva.

In his free time, Laurent is an avid book reader, he visits art galleries and practices sports.

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


Sami El Attar - December 2021

Sami El Attar

Sami is working as an EU IT/IS Manager for Novalac Nutrition & Health Group. He is 31 years old, curious and a fast learner.

Sami has a non-traditional academic background (including Economy, Land Surveying & Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Information Technology and General Management).
Sami managed several projects for ERP migration, digital transformations and process optimization.
He joined the Swiss Chapter to connect with PMI professionals, share knowledge and best practices, and to enhance his professional network circle.
In his free time, Sami loves hiking, reading and traveling with his family across the continents.
You can learn more about Sami by visiting his LinkedIn profile.

Dr. Deasún Ó Conchúir - December 2021

Deasún Ó Conchúir

Deasún did the PMP exam in 2004 because he found that potential clients wanted more than a CV to prove project management competence, based on experience gained since the mid-eighties. Similarly, his recent PMI-ACP was to provide potential clients with confirmation of his agile credentials, based on years of experience.

In the years since then Deasún have supported professionals to implement their projects with the classical combination of consulting, coaching, mentoring and training. Since the mid-nineties, his client base has spread out to several European, African, Asian and North American companies. Since the pandemic, the work is mostly remote and includes the last continent (Latin America).

In the years in between, Deasún has joined the board of PMI Switzerland with responsibility for Education, then went on to 3 different global PMI roles. At present Deasún is back with the PMIEF, mentoring groups in Greece, Albania and Italy.