Managing Team

Dedicated individuals with a proven record of resilience who manage the project from idea to action. We all work voluntarily, we do admin, marketing, managing and growth tasks.

KHALIL RADI, FOUNDER (VOLUNTEER)   LinkedIn   Born in Switzerland with Moroccan roots, Khalil is a true global citizen and a strong "doer" with broad professional experience within finance, accounting, relationship management and creative businesses. He has gained experience from six years within the banking sector in Switzerland and from studies within International Management at ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Khalil is passionate about turning ideas into actions and create change for people in his environment and is known for making impossible things possible with an extreme accuracy and efficiency.  Languages: German (native), English, Spanish and French.

KHALIL RADI, FOUNDER (VOLUNTEER)

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Born in Switzerland with Moroccan roots, Khalil is a true global citizen and a strong "doer" with broad professional experience within finance, accounting, relationship management and creative businesses. He has gained experience from six years within the banking sector in Switzerland and from studies within International Management at ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Khalil is passionate about turning ideas into actions and create change for people in his environment and is known for making impossible things possible with an extreme accuracy and efficiency.

Languages: German (native), English, Spanish and French.

ANNA HERBST, PRESIDENT & HEAD OF COMMUNICATION (VOLUNTEER)   LinkedIn   Anna developed her passion for the intercultural at an early age and has already seen a lot of the world through her great desire to travel. She likes to combine her travels with social projects. So she gained early ex­perience in hospitals and children's homes in Cambodia and is currently working for disadvan­taged children in Zurich voluntarily. In 2018, she completed her communication studies at the University of Zurich, where she was taught a lot about media, language and organizational development. This is exactly what she now uses for the Communication and Translation-Organization at Buy Food with Plastic.  Languages: German (native), English, French.

ANNA HERBST, PRESIDENT & HEAD OF COMMUNICATION (VOLUNTEER)

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Anna developed her passion for the intercultural at an early age and has already seen a lot of the world through her great desire to travel. She likes to combine her travels with social projects. So she gained early ex­perience in hospitals and children's homes in Cambodia and is currently working for disadvan­taged children in Zurich voluntarily. In 2018, she completed her communication studies at the University of Zurich, where she was taught a lot about media, language and organizational development. This is exactly what she now uses for the Communication and Translation-Organization at Buy Food with Plastic.

Languages: German (native), English, French.

XENIA MEIER, VICE PRESIDENT & PARTNERSHIPS (VOLUNTEER)   LinkedIn   Xenia, 24, has Swiss parents but spent her childhood in Asia and met Khalil during her International Management studies at the ZHAW. From an early age on she was drawn to bringing people together and embracing diversity through communication and intercultural dialogue. Wether its building houses in Cambodia, protecting elephants in South Africa or teaching English in China - Xenia hopes to mobilise those networks she built in order to broaden horizons, foster partnerships and create something that inspires and connects people from all over the world.  Languages: German (native), English, French, Dutch.

XENIA MEIER, VICE PRESIDENT & PARTNERSHIPS (VOLUNTEER)

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Xenia, 24, has Swiss parents but spent her childhood in Asia and met Khalil during her International Management studies at the ZHAW. From an early age on she was drawn to bringing people together and embracing diversity through communication and intercultural dialogue. Wether its building houses in Cambodia, protecting elephants in South Africa or teaching English in China - Xenia hopes to mobilise those networks she built in order to broaden horizons, foster partnerships and create something that inspires and connects people from all over the world.

Languages: German (native), English, French, Dutch.

ELENA HAUPTMANN, STRATEGY COACH & PROJECTS (VOLUNTEER)   LinkedIn   "Born and raised among Europe and Latin America, Elena has a multicultural background and has ever since learned to manage ambiguity with joy and structure. Today, she works as a management consultant and holds a Master in Business Management from University of St. Gallen with focus on strategy and sustainability and is constantly striving to work on complex problems with a purpose.  Elena is experienced in managing and engaging in NGOs, having actively supported various non-profit organisations in the area of sustainability as well as diversity & inclusion. At Buy Food With Plastic she is responsible for strategy and growth initiatives.  Languages: German (native), Portuguese (native), Spanish, English, French.

ELENA HAUPTMANN, STRATEGY COACH & PROJECTS (VOLUNTEER)

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"Born and raised among Europe and Latin America, Elena has a multicultural background and has ever since learned to manage ambiguity with joy and structure. Today, she works as a management consultant and holds a Master in Business Management from University of St. Gallen with focus on strategy and sustainability and is constantly striving to work on complex problems with a purpose.

Elena is experienced in managing and engaging in NGOs, having actively supported various non-profit organisations in the area of sustainability as well as diversity & inclusion. At Buy Food With Plastic she is responsible for strategy and growth initiatives.

Languages: German (native), Portuguese (native), Spanish, English, French.

SIRMA DOGAN, ADMINISTRATION (VOLUNTEER)  Since her childhood, Sirma was always inspired by what can be achieved through solidarity. Subsequently, she got involved in projects that encouraged people to take initiative and break down walls imposed by society to help those who’s life was marked by hardship. She is passionate about the various colours of different cultures and loves to spend her time with positive people.  With her administrative experience in over four industries and NPO’s centred around refugee relief, she was instantly drawn to the mission of Buy Food with Plastic and has become the organisational mastermind behind all administrative tasks and we are super happy to have her on board.  Languages: Kurdish (native), Turkish (native), German, English.

SIRMA DOGAN, ADMINISTRATION (VOLUNTEER)

Since her childhood, Sirma was always inspired by what can be achieved through solidarity. Subsequently, she got involved in projects that encouraged people to take initiative and break down walls imposed by society to help those who’s life was marked by hardship. She is passionate about the various colours of different cultures and loves to spend her time with positive people.

With her administrative experience in over four industries and NPO’s centred around refugee relief, she was instantly drawn to the mission of Buy Food with Plastic and has become the organisational mastermind behind all administrative tasks and we are super happy to have her on board.

Languages: Kurdish (native), Turkish (native), German, English.

LORENZO ESPOSITO, FINANCE (VOLUNTEER)   LinkedIn   Finance and controlling have always been his gift. Due to his helpful nature and his awareness of contributing to sustainable development, Lorenzo is taking over the role as the Head Auditor of Buy Food with Plastic. He handles his job with great conscientiousness and is very proud to be part of the Team:  "I hope that Buy Food with Plastic can continue to reach people from all over the world and realize many other projects like the one in Nicaragua."   Lorenzo is currently taking care of the main and secondary books in a medium-sized company as a Finance Specialist and also leads his sole proprietorship in accounting.  Languages: German (native), English.

LORENZO ESPOSITO, FINANCE (VOLUNTEER)

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Finance and controlling have always been his gift. Due to his helpful nature and his awareness of contributing to sustainable development, Lorenzo is taking over the role as the Head Auditor of Buy Food with Plastic. He handles his job with great conscientiousness and is very proud to be part of the Team: "I hope that Buy Food with Plastic can continue to reach people from all over the world and realize many other projects like the one in Nicaragua."

Lorenzo is currently taking care of the main and secondary books in a medium-sized company as a Finance Specialist and also leads his sole proprietorship in accounting.

Languages: German (native), English.

LENA GÖTSCH, SUSTAINABILITY (VOLUNTEER)   LinkedIn   As a Swiss-born with Spanish roots, Lena has witnessed cultural differences from an early age and has always felt the need to help those less fortunate. After graduation in International Management at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), she started working at the university’s Center for Corporate Responsibility and volunteered to be a mentor for refugees.  With a diploma in Plant Based Nutrition and working experience as a Food Consultant for one of the most well-known culinary brands in Switzerland, Lena is our expert when it comes to healthy and sustainable food choices. She contributes to Buy Food with Plastic by creating recipes with local and seasonal ingredients and coordinates the food we serve with the respective cooks.  Languages: German (native), Spanish (native), English, French.

LENA GÖTSCH, SUSTAINABILITY (VOLUNTEER)

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As a Swiss-born with Spanish roots, Lena has witnessed cultural differences from an early age and has always felt the need to help those less fortunate. After graduation in International Management at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), she started working at the university’s Center for Corporate Responsibility and volunteered to be a mentor for refugees.

With a diploma in Plant Based Nutrition and working experience as a Food Consultant for one of the most well-known culinary brands in Switzerland, Lena is our expert when it comes to healthy and sustainable food choices. She contributes to Buy Food with Plastic by creating recipes with local and seasonal ingredients and coordinates the food we serve with the respective cooks.

Languages: German (native), Spanish (native), English, French.

 

Our Freelancers

They are always available when we need them and are up to date on what is going on in the project.

BEGÜM KILICKAYA, HR & SPONSORING (VOLUNTEER)    LinkedIn   Through her Turkish roots and her Swiss mentality, Begüm has acquired a particularly international worldview that combines East and West. She brings years of experience in HR and is currently studying Business Communications. She has a special gift for socializing and maintaining business relations, which she proofed in her work with several startups in an international environment. That great passion for social nature has led her to become a part of the NGO Buy Food with Plastic. She is now developing and maintaining strong external relationships with potential sponsors, corporate partners and supporters for Buy Food with Plastic.  Languages: German (native), Turkish (native), French, English.

BEGÜM KILICKAYA, HR & SPONSORING (VOLUNTEER)

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Through her Turkish roots and her Swiss mentality, Begüm has acquired a particularly international worldview that combines East and West. She brings years of experience in HR and is currently studying Business Communications. She has a special gift for socializing and maintaining business relations, which she proofed in her work with several startups in an international environment. That great passion for social nature has led her to become a part of the NGO Buy Food with Plastic. She is now developing and maintaining strong external relationships with potential sponsors, corporate partners and supporters for Buy Food with Plastic.

Languages: German (native), Turkish (native), French, English.

CHRISTIAN HERBST, MENTAL COACH (VOLUNTEER)   LinkedIn   As a passionate motorcyclist Christian knows how to take the windy roads in life and what to do, when the going gets tough. Early in his career he started out as Real Estate Agent and then consequently developed his coaching and teaching skills. He led an international school for leadership development, holds a degree in solution focused short therapy, is teaching at a Swiss Coaching School and brings more than 20 years of experience as a leader, speaker, coach and trainer. He loves helping people make the necessary changes for growth in their businesses or their lives. He therefore supports the Buy Food with Plastic team with his extraordinary coaching skills and is able to help solve difficult situations in the process.  Language: German (native), English.

CHRISTIAN HERBST, MENTAL COACH (VOLUNTEER)

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As a passionate motorcyclist Christian knows how to take the windy roads in life and what to do, when the going gets tough. Early in his career he started out as Real Estate Agent and then consequently developed his coaching and teaching skills. He led an international school for leadership development, holds a degree in solution focused short therapy, is teaching at a Swiss Coaching School and brings more than 20 years of experience as a leader, speaker, coach and trainer. He loves helping people make the necessary changes for growth in their businesses or their lives. He therefore supports the Buy Food with Plastic team with his extraordinary coaching skills and is able to help solve difficult situations in the process.

Language: German (native), English.

RUBINA MEIXGER, EVENT MANAGEMENT (VOLUNTEER)   LinkedIn   Due to her communicative and empathic nature, Rubina describes herself as a philanthropist, who travels the world with open eyes. Personal development is very important to her.  For 10 years, Rubina has been a freelance performer and moderator for events of all kinds. But not only on stage, but also behind the scenes she works with a lot of passion. Rubina used to work in event management for the Swiss Music Awards and recently joined the event team at Compresso AG, one of the leading communication agencies in Switzerland. She also brings knowledge in lean management, sales, music management, moderation coaching and gastronomy. That’s why Rubina supports the Buy Food with Plastic team in project planning and implementations of domestic events.  Languages: German (native), English.

RUBINA MEIXGER, EVENT MANAGEMENT (VOLUNTEER)

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Due to her communicative and empathic nature, Rubina describes herself as a philanthropist, who travels the world with open eyes. Personal development is very important to her.

For 10 years, Rubina has been a freelance performer and moderator for events of all kinds. But not only on stage, but also behind the scenes she works with a lot of passion. Rubina used to work in event management for the Swiss Music Awards and recently joined the event team at Compresso AG, one of the leading communication agencies in Switzerland. She also brings knowledge in lean management, sales, music management, moderation coaching and gastronomy. That’s why Rubina supports the Buy Food with Plastic team in project planning and implementations of domestic events.

Languages: German (native), English.

SVENJA BALLA, LEGAL SUPPORT (VOLUNTEER)   LinkedIn   By working in various Fields of law during her time at the University of Zurich, Svenja managed to gain insight into the work in law firms, court and academics. She always took great interest in helping others and contributing something to those who might be in need of support ever since spending her Saturdays working with children within the YMCA. Apart from her studies, she supports the students across boarders by teaching German to refugees from all around the world. Having a parent being a political refugee himself, it was always crucial to her to wander the world with an open mind and take chances if they present themselves. Which is why she is glad to support the Buy Food with Plastic Team with her legal knowledge.  Languages: German (native), English, French.

SVENJA BALLA, LEGAL SUPPORT (VOLUNTEER)

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By working in various Fields of law during her time at the University of Zurich, Svenja managed to gain insight into the work in law firms, court and academics. She always took great interest in helping others and contributing something to those who might be in need of support ever since spending her Saturdays working with children within the YMCA. Apart from her studies, she supports the students across boarders by teaching German to refugees from all around the world. Having a parent being a political refugee himself, it was always crucial to her to wander the world with an open mind and take chances if they present themselves. Which is why she is glad to support the Buy Food with Plastic Team with her legal knowledge.

Languages: German (native), English, French.

 

Team Nicaragua

Team Nicaragua is a fixed team of workers that operationalize the Buy Food with Plastic activities in Nicaragua. They organize events, cook food, transport the collected plastic to the recycle station and spread awareness about the project and how to prevent plastic pollution in the community. They are all employed and paid by Buy Food with Plastic.

Jaffet Davila, Country Manager

Jaffet Davila, Country Manager

Laisa Castillo, Junior Assistant

Laisa Castillo, Junior Assistant

Jorge Acosta, Senior Assistant

Jorge Acosta, Senior Assistant

Reyna Alvares, Head Chef

Reyna Alvares, Head Chef

Alison Altaroirano, Junior Assi…

Alison Altaroirano, Junior Assi…

Silvia Acosta, Assistant

Silvia Acosta, Assistant

Alvaro Davila, Organizing Assi…

Alvaro Davila, Organizing Assi…

Yadira Obando, 2nd Head Chef

Yadira Obando, 2nd Head Chef

Karen Trana, Junior Assistant

Karen Trana, Junior Assistant

Yudit Monjarez, Assistant

Yudit Monjarez, Assistant

Estela Acosta, Assistant

Estela Acosta, Assistant