Gender Equality Hackathon


Gilles Crettenand - Coordinator at MenCare Switzerland

Gilles Crettenand is the Swiss coordinator of the Swiss MenCare National Program run by mä, a member association of the International MenEngage Alliance. Inspired by the MenCare global campaign, MenCare Switzerland promotes fathers' engagement and men's participation in the field of general care ("caring mascunilities").


An economist by trade, his rich and varied professional career has led him to hold positions at all levels in marketing, HR and financial management , project management and the management of a para-public institution.


In charge of developing MenCare in French speaking Switzerland for a year, he carries out various concrete actions addressed to companies: awareness courses for future and new fathers, conferences on the reconciliation of professional, private and family life - as well as to the population as a whole, interactive benefit information systems, exhibitions and debates.

Anja Wyden Guelpa - Geneva State Chancellor

Anja Wyden Guelpa was the first woman elected as Chancellor of State in Geneva in 2009, and she was reelected in 2013 for a second term.

Fascinated by innovation and change as the natural order of things, she began her career at the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs as project manager. She then went on to work for IBM Business Consulting, in which position she advised both public administrative offices and private companies on change management and strategy. She joined the public administration of Geneva in 2003, first as Deputy Director, then as General Director of the Social Policy division. In this strategic function, at the crossroads of politics and operational services, she modernized numerous procedures and regulations pertaining to social benefits, in order to reduce threshold effects and improve benefit targeting.

Together with the Heads of State departments, Anja Wyden Guelpa manages transversal issues and projects related to the modernisation of the administration. She ensures the organization of political rights, voting processes, and municipal, cantonal and federal elections. She also leads major innovative projects such as the partnership between public and private entities in the field of philanthropy or promotion of the active participation of young population in public debate.

Kali Taylor - Advisor at United Nations SDG Lab

Kali Taylor leads the Geneva 2030 Ecosystem initiative and is an Advisor to the SDG Lab at UNOG.   These initiative promote collaboration and innovation for Geneva-based actors focused on SDG implementation.


Prior to joining IISD, Kali co-founded and ran a youth-focused NGO that works on energy and climate issues called Student Energy. She has also completed an internship with the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, a joint initiative between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the World Bank and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) for advancing the green economy. 


In her early career, Kali held a number of positions in the energy industry focused on climate change and sustainability, including assessing policy regimes and technological options for climate mitigation. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary specialized in Energy Management and a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo.

Caitlin Kraft-Buchman - Founder and CEO at Women@TheTable, Co-Founder at International Gender Champions

Caitlin Kraft-Buchman founded and runs the Swiss NGO Women@theTable which helps make women visible on the global stage + women leaders a point of reference in cultural conversations that extend past 'women’s issues' into the larger debate on governance, the economy, technology, sustainability, and sport.


She co-founded the International Gender Champions, (IGC), a leadership network of female and male decision makers that breaks down gender barriers for system change, in 2015 with the Director General of the UN in Geneva, and the former US Ambassador to the UN and international organizations in Geneva. The group originally called the Geneva Gender Champions quickly became the International Gender Champions, and a movement, with groups in New York and Vienna, and shortly Bonn-Berlin launching at COP23, the Climate Change conference in the fall.  IGC  counts the Heads of 175 organizations from the Director Generals of the World Trade Organization, International Labor Organization, World Intellectual Property Organization, World Health Organization, International Committee of the Red Cross, and the International Federation of the Red Cross, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and High Commissioner for Refugees, the Heads of CERN, the Atomic Energy Agency, the International Olympic Committee, the UN’s top Climate Change official, and now proudly the UN Secretary General António Guterres and his Cabinet along with Ambassadors, Civil Society and the Private Sector

Emily Atkinson - Founder and Director at DevelopHer (formerly Girls in Tech)

Emily is a software engineer at Condé Nast Britain.


Coming into coding from a non-traditional path, Emily is passionate about encouraging others to learn more, regardless of experience. She was involved in the UK drive for Hour of Code, is interested in the crossover with tech and education, and regularly gives talks for events and workshops.

Aniela Uguresan - Co-Founder at EDGE Certification, International Gender Champion

Prior to co-founding EDGE Certified Foundation, Aniela acquired extensive professional experience as a consultant with Arthur Andersen and Andersen Consulting, as a trader and project manager with TXU Europe and SIG Geneva, and as the CEO of CT Technologies.


She holds an MBA from the University of Geneva and a BA in International Trade from the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies.


Aniela strongly believes that the time has come for businesses to move from vision to action, and that the EDGE certification process will enable them to understand what is holding them back while providing them with a road map to achieve better performance and more inclusive workplaces.

Shirin Heidari - Director at Reproductive Health Matters Journal, Senior Fellow in Residence at The Graduate Institute Geneva

Dr. Shirin Heidari is the Executive Director of an international NGO, Reproductive Health Matters, promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of its peer-reviewed journal. Recently, Dr. Heidari has joined the Graduate Institute of International and Development studies in Geneva as Senior Fellow in Residence. Dr. Heidari has more than 15 years of experience in research, policy and advocacy, as well as in academic publishing, and is the author of more than 35 articles. 


A gender-equality and human rights activist, Dr. Heidari has been a trusted board member of Amnesty International in Sweden, working on sexual and reproductive health and rights. She has also served as Vice President of Kid’s Future, an organisation focusing on health and rights of women and children of ethnic minorities in northern Thailand. More recently, as a member of Council of European Association of Science Editors (EASE), she established and chaired a Gender Policy Committee, leading the development of the SAGER guidelines, encouraging researchers to address the gender bias in research.

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