THRIVE presents the “Human Library”

As part of our campaign on the employability of migrants in the Canton of Geneva, THRIVE Association is pleased to invite you to the second edition of “Human Library”, an event to be held in French and English and co-organized with Initiatives of Change Switzerland

When : Thursday, 23rd of May 2019 from 6:30pm to 10 :00 pm
Where : rue du Valais 9, 1202 Genève, 3rd floor

The concept

The Storytellers, our “human books” made up of migrants, employers and institutions from different professional backgrounds will share some of their experience, and present to the participants called “human readers” various heart teaching stories related to integration and employability Geneva.

Each human book will talk about its own story around a personal space for 10 minutes and answer questions for another 10 minutes. They will do this three times, so that human readers can listen to three different books to choose from. After, there will be a moment of sharing and networking.

We use the concept of the human library because we believe that promoting trust through storytelling is essential to turn unlikely encounters into rewarding encounters.

Why such an event?

  • Raise awareness about the issue of employability in Geneva
  • Break down some stereotypes and taboos
  • Activate and develop your network

Meet our book

Serena De Maio, Founder of LYONA Incredible Cakes

Serena is Italian and is a serial entrepreneur!

After studying in France, first at the Sorbonne, and then at Dauphine, Serena joined the beauty department of Procter & Gamble in Geneva in 2005. She left 11 years later, after a career in in luxury goods including perfumes, in the strategic and operational marketing department,
She created LYONA Incredible Cakes in 2017, specializing in personalized birthday and corporate cakes. It is within the framework of LYONA that Serena finally sees the possibility to train refugees and start collaborating with THRIVE. Serena is also involved in supporting women’s associations (10% of LYONA’s Galette des Reines is donated to SOS Femmes).
Besides, Serena teaches in Master and MBA at CREA (Geneva) and SUMAS (Sustainability Management School, Gland) and advises multiple startups and SMEs in marketing.

Nahom Fanus, Candidat for THRIVE programm

Nahom Fanus, 24 years was born and raised in Eritrea where he attended primary and secondary school. He arrived in Switzerland in 2015 and naturally follows French and mathematics course in various institutions.
At the same time as learning French, Nahom works as an assistant in a home. Today, with a B2 level in French, he considers with serenity the entry into a certifying internship. After several traineeship in different organisations and different fields, Nahom discovers a passion in the erea of health. He now wants to continue and build a career in this field.

Renata Lobo,  Spécialiste RH chez THRIVE

Of Brazilian origin, Renata is a serial mover!

She meets her husband during a six-month university exchange in Lyon. Since then, they have lived in Edea, Paris, Sao Paulo and arrived in Geneva in 2017. By doing micro-reconversion, she combines in her career 13 years of experience in human resources in positions of HR Manager, Trainer and in research. She joins THRIVE in 2019 and mobilizes her skills and experiences to facilitate the integration of refugees and asylum seekers into the labor market.

Magaly Mathys, Industry Lead at Powercoders

After a master’s degree in history and the willing to teach, Magaly Mathys teaches two years at the Haute Ecole Pédagogique de Lausanne. Wishing to acquire other skills, she decides to explore other ways. After a first position in the field of communication for a professional coach, she then holds various positions including online marketing for a startup in Geneva, and is led to organize several events and conferences on innovation and technology for Lift.
In 2014, she joined EPFL where she held the position of web project manager for the communication department for 5 years. Besides, she has been volunteering for the professional integration of refugees since 2015, and twice went on a humanitarian mission to the Island of Chios in Greece. Since 2018, she has been involved with Powercoders, developing in particular partnership with companies and following the participants in their professional integration.

Sarah Pernet, Socio-cultural animation at Cité des Métiers

Sarah works as a socio-cultural facilitator at the Cité des Métiers. Under this label, she runs and creates workshops, specifically for a migrant public who wants to integrate into the world of work or learning. Resume writing, letter motivation or codes of conducts, and many more aspects to give them confidence on the one hand and to help them preparing an application file that will give confidence to future employers on the other hand.

Coline Sauzet, Social Lead at Powercoders

Coline Sauzet is from Fribourg and lives in Daillens. Her interest in travelling and intercultural exchange led her to travel to South-East Asia for 6 months in 2011. This experience motivated her to start studying social anthropology at university upon her return to Switzerland, in Fribourg. After completing her Bachelor on community resulting from asylum, she continued her studies in Neuchâtel and obtained in 2017 a Master’s degree specializing in the fields of migration and citizenship. Highly interested in the challenges related to the integration of migrants in Switzerland, she has been working within the Powercoders association since 2018 for the professional integration of refugees.


This event is also a unique opportunity to build your network in Geneva!

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