Members Introduction

Walter Rovinolo - June 2024

Walter Rovinolo

Walter is a professional engineer with 20 years of work experience mainly in the Turbomachinery Business. In his career, he has covered different roles from Engineering to Quality and Project Management. Walter has lived in different European countries: Italy, England, where he was granted the title of Chartered Engineer by the IMechE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers) and Switzerland, which has been his home for the past 13 years.

Walter appreciates working with different cultures and learning languages. This is a big advantage in his current role as Service Manager, as he has got customers all around the world, to which Walter offers upgrade and revamp projects for their machines.

In his spare time Walter does a lot of swimming and at weekends he is often in the mountains. Walter is also a member of the SAC (Swiss Alpine Club).

Walter joined the Swiss chapter of the PMI to expand his professional network and take the opportunity to have some interesting conversations with project management peers.

You can learn more about Walter by visiting his LinkedIn profile

Sarah Cauwenbergh - June 2024

Sarah Cauwenbergh

Sarah is a clinical research professional with more than 17 years of global experience spearheading successful clinical programs, accounts, research initiatives and innovation projects globally. She's a strong advocate for, and pioneer in, clinical research innovation, with a focus on global healthcare access, late phase/real world research and decentralised- and digital clinical trial methodologies. Her experiences span both the pharmaceutical and medical devices sector, including experience on both the vendor/CRO side as well as the Sponsor end. She has a strong passion for neglected tropical diseases, infectious disease control, public health and the human body, which was the focus of her education.

Sarah is originally from Belgium, but spent a significant portion of her youth in the USA. After finishing her education in Europe, she spent 7 years in Switzerland before returning to the US for several years with her young family. After another 7 years, they just relocated back to Switzerland, Lausanne area, at the end of 2023. She is now looking forward to connecting with like-minded professionals, expanding her network, further pursuing her career, and contributing to events that align with her interests.

She loves heading out into the mountains for hiking, backpacking or skiing, spontaneous barbeques or backyard parties, exploring different cultures and environments abroad, and enjoying the little things with family, friends or alone.

You can learn more about Sarah by visiting her LinkedIn profile

Hervé Siendt - June 2024

Herve Siendt

Hervé SIENDT is a French citizen born in the middle of France who moved to Alsace for his studies over 30 years ago. He completed there his studies at the Mulhouse Engineering and Chemistry School (ENSCMu) in 1995 majoring in Organic Chemistry (Chemical Engineer diploma and M.Sc.), followed by his PhD from the Mulhouse University in 2000. After a 2-year stay in Liverpool (UK) for a postdoctoral position, he returned to South Alsace where he is living since 2002, just across the border.

He worked over 20 years in the Baselland Pharma industry as a Medicinal Chemist, dealing with small molecules drug discovery projects, ranging from Hit Finding, Hit-to-Lead (H2L) up to Lead Optimization (LO) across multiple therapeutic areas, lately in the fields of Oncology and cardiovascular/fibrosis.

He managed 11 parallel H2L projects over 7 years and 1 full-blown LO project over 5 years, with teams including his own Lab (2-3 pax) complemented by CRO extra resources (+ 3-6 pax) and other supportive functions within the company. He then honed over these years and projects his Leadership and Management skills as well as a typical T-shape skills set, covering most of the disciplines from these cross- functional projects; Teamwork (open communication and Trust), innovation, pragmatism (including flexibility) and resilience are his major drivers, completed with an hands-on attitude.

He got dismissed in December 2023 when the company he was working for since inception had to restructure heavily for financial reasons. He then decided to use this time for validating/consolidating his past Project Management experiences by passing his PMP certification in March 2024. Completed by a clear interest into the Business Development field (5-day mini-MBA for Pharma and Biotech Industry in
2019), he is now ready to embark into more PM and/or BD oriented position, ideally in Pharma/Chemistry companies where his experience could be of added value.

He is married to another Medicinal Chemist, father of tween girls (15 years). During free time, he enjoys swimming, trekking, and skiing, as well as reading, gardening and playing music (he just started 1 year ago a new instrument, clarinet (Classic and Jazz)).

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

Vinicius Pirola - June 2024

Vinicius Pirola

Vinicius is a Digital Product/Program Manager with 20 years of experience across Global Healthcare, Industrial, and Financial sectors, primarily focused on leveraging digital transformation for business excellence. His career has allowed him to develop a deep understanding of managing digital products in Global and LATAM markets, achieving significant business outcomes worth U$ 25MM through agile digitization and process optimization.

Vinicius is particularly passionate about driving customer-centric solutions and employing agile methodologies to deliver value efficiently, backed by a robust set of skills in digital technologies like Blockchain and AI. His professional certifications, including KMP, CSPO, PMP, CAC, and MBB, attest to his commitment to professional growth and excellence in project and product management.

Aside from his professional life, Vinicius is a continuous learner, fluent in English, native in Portuguese, advanced in Spanish, and currently enhancing my German skills. He enjoys exploring the intersection of technology and business processes, always keen to optimize and innovate.

Vinicius joined the PMI Swiss chapter to further deepen his professional connections in Switzerland, learn from the experiences of his peers, and contribute his insights from a diverse international perspective. He looks forward to meeting us all and is enthusiastic about the journey ahead with the PMI community.

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

Serge Adouaka Ngoimale - June 2024

Serge Adouaka Ngoimale

Mr. Serge Adouaka Ngoimale is currently a Cybersecurity GRC Consultant, where he had to manage ISMS’ projects in several entities. Previously, he held the position of Country Security Manager at Ecobank Car, Head of Card Operations, Head of IT Division and the Country Head of Infrastructure IT, for more than 15 years.

His area of interest is Technology Policy and Management, also Cybersecurity Policy. Serge after doing his Professional Affiliation under control of Dr Jean-Pierre Auffret at George Mason University, he continues the collaboration with GMU by developing and operating a Technology Entrepreneurship and ICT Leadership Accelerator program for start-up and early-stage technology company founders and managers in the Bangui region.This program aims to provide insight and guidance to the business founders and managers as well as form a cohort themselves providing for exchange on U.S. and Central African Republic business policy and culture.

He holds a Leadership Certificate from H. Humphrey a Fulbright Program, MPA/CAS from Syracuse University, Master SME from IAE University of Tours, License in Telecommunication from University of Bangui.

Serge Joined the Switzerland PMI Chapter to learn new perspectives from project managers, connect, and contribute to the chapter’s overall ambitions.

His hobby is Basket Ball and Music.

You can learn more anout Serge by visiting his LinkedIn profile.