International Coach Federation Switzerland

Election for 2020

It's time to elect your Board - The ICFS Board is a team of volunteers elected by... you!

Please take a look at each candidate’s profile below to find out about their motivation and the energy they wish to bring to ICF Switzerland. Your vote is important to us.

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A Word from the President, Esther Goette, PCC

ICF Vision: To represent the highest quality in professional coaching.

And it works thanks to the volunteers who believe in the power of coaching.

ICF is a professional association not a club. It is a specialized body of knowledge,and consists of a repertoire of behaviors and skills. ICF’s mandate is to maintain the integrity of our profession, and it helps us grow our businesses by providing standards of practice, certification and educational accreditation; by expanding coaching awareness with research and marketing; and by creating events for our community to come together for learning, inspiration and connection. We promote the understanding of the coaching profession and the visibility and credibility of our duly trained and accredited members.We build trust with our clients by adhering to the ethical standards, supporting the certification process, and committing to the promises we make in our contracts. Both your success and the success of ICF move the profession forward all over the world and here in Switzerland.

ICF is shaped by you!

Being an ICFS Board member is an honor for me. I started my volunteering commitment for ICF in 2014 as a Co-Chapter Leader for Suisse Romande; eventually I became the Chapter Leader before I joined the Board as a member in 2016. Now after two years as President, I can honestly say that co-creating with my coaching community is a wonderful experience. I enjoy the collaboration with other committed and passionate volunteers and consider myself lucky to support the mission of ICF.

It's time to elect your Board

As per the bylaws of ICF Switzerland, the Swiss ICF Board consists of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 7 members, elected for a two-year term, which can be renewed once.

In 2020, the following Board Members will start their 2nd year of mandate: Saba Imru: Debbie Brupbacher; Nina Giustiniani. My 2-year term as president will come to an end, and I am very happy that Board member Elias Gharbi is presenting himself as candidate for presidency. Christine Billy and Karin Meerhoff will finish their two-year terms by the end of 2019. Unfortunately Saba Imru had to step down for personal reasons. I and the whole Board would like thank them wholeheartedly for the many contributions they made while serving ICF. 

Hence it is now time to elect up to 3 Board Members  and the new president for the period of 2020/2021!

Wishing you all already a wonderful holiday season and end of 2019, it has been a pleasure serving you.

Warm regards

Esther Goette

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Candidates for the 2020 - 2021 mandate

Candidates for President

Elias Gharbi, PCC

Cover letter for the position of President

 Linkedin profile of Elias Gharbi

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Founder of Bebold Coaching, Elias is a Leadership Executive Coach with primary focus in the emotional, social and cognitive intelligence competencies related to leadership effectiveness. Most of Elias coaching clients are CEOs, senior executives and rising leaders. He’s regularly invited to coach on leadership & organisational behaviour programs at IMD Switzerland. 

For 25 years, Elias has had an entrepreneurial and a corporate career and held several Business & Management positions with FMCG multinational companies (Nestlé, Danone, Givaudan), which led him to work and live in Europe, Africa, Middle East and South-East Asia. He acquired a solid experience in marketing leading brands and driving diverse multicultural teams & strategic projects. 

Elias brings entrepreneurship, care and relational skills to all his assignments. 

Relaxation and joy come through family, friends, music, books, cuisine, cycling, scuba diving, hiking, skiing, travel and adventure - adding richness to his life and experience of the world. 


Candidates for Board

Gillian Walter, PCC

Cover letter for the position of Board Member

 Linkedin profile of Gillian Walter

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Experienced Leadership, Life & Transition Coach & Coach-Supervisor

Owner of Inside-Out Coaching, a passionate supervisor, a curious writer, a BEd (Hons) teacher and fine artist. 

I have a passion for people from all walks of life, a scarily accurate intuition, a talent for finding inner sparks and unlocking hidden potential. 

I work with empathy, compassion and humour, but know exactly when to challenge and motivate beyond stumbling blocks to success. 

Born and raised in England, I now live in Switzerland with my family and love being part of two homes and cultures. 

In addition to English, am fluent in both Swiss- and High German. 

I offer the safe, reflective space for you to become the best version of yourself you can possible be and that’s always better than you can originally imagine.

Ingrid Salamon, PCC

Cover letter for the position of Board member

 Linkedin profile of Ingrid Salamon

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People driven senior executive coach, lecturer and entrepreneur with over 25 years of international senior management and over 20 years of coaching career with leading global companies in FMCG, hospitality, automotive, banking, telecommunications, organic farming, and logistics industries as well as consulting firms and advertising agencies.

Proven ability to drive change and innovation, increase corporate and brand value, and refocus businesses on profitability and consumers; recognized for leadership ability and maximizing value of entire organizations, unleashing creativity, and developing people to higher levels of competency.  German national, fluent in German, English & French, as well as basic Russian & Chinese/Mandarin. 


Afsheen Ismail-Wey

Afsheen Ismail-Wey, ACC

Cover letter for the position of Board Member

 Linkedin profile of Afsheen Ismail-Wey

Video presentation

Afsheen believes that everyone has the resources within themselves to reach their highest potential. Her mission is to tap into these resources through coaching by developing authentic leaders who drive sustainable and superior performance in their organizations.

Afsheen runs a successful leadership coaching company focusing on Leadership Authenticity. Prior to founding her business she worked with multinationals such as Abbott Laboratories and Mondelez International (formerly Kraft Foods) in the Talent and Organization Development function. 

Afsheen has lived and worked in Switzerland, Austria, USA, UAE, Pakistan and Srilanka. She is a passionate advocate of Gender Equality.


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