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Find out more about Anja Wyden Guelpa, founder and director of civicLab and her team.


The most innovative solutions are always the result of a form of collective intelligence, sharing and pooling of skills to surpass them. I am an optimist, I believe in our ability to adapt, to create and invent new responses to the challenges of our time. It is often a question of will and courage. When the goal is shared, then it is easier to move mountains.

Anja Wyden Guelpa

Fine observer, quick thinker, generous empowerer, Anja constantly seeks harmony and mutual enrichment. She works hard, has a hard head, a strong commitment to the community and escapes with travel and yoga.

 After 20 years of experience in important management positions both in the private sector at IBM and in the public sector as a project manager at SECO, general director of social action and State Chancellor of the Canton of Geneva, she now advises companies and managers with her team on innovation and corporate culture. She divides her time between her company civicLab, her mandates on boards of directors, philanthropic commitments and teaching innovation methods at the University of Lausanne and the Applied Univerity for Business ofGeneva (HEG). In 2019, she initiates the innovation incubator civicChallenge – Public Innovator for Switzerland.



Mandates on boards of directors, commissions and foundation boards


Suisse Tourisme (since 2013)

Swiss Risk and care (since 2018)

Conseil de l’innovation Innosuisse (since 2018)

Cooperation Mobiliar (member since 2020)

President of the Geneva international film festival (GIFF) (since 2019)

President of the Federal Coordination Commission for Family Affairs COFF  

 President of the Stockalper Castle Foundation and its academic research institute (since 2016)

MATZA, art, land use and democracy (member since 2015)

PRO  F0undation Board(since 2018)

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Our team.

Che Wagner

membre du réseau civicLab Che Wagner

As a project manager, Che has extensive experience in managing complex and innovative projects. He is the project leader of the public sector innovation incubator civicChallenge, which civicLab is launching in 2019. Che has previously worked on a numbering project at the Basel Child and Adult Welfare Authority and was the campaign manager of the federal popular initiative “for an unconditional basic income” in 2016.

He holds an MA in European Global Studies from the University of Basel and an MA in Economic History from the University of Zurich.

Gioia Bulundwe

membre du réseau civicLab Gioia Bulundwe

Communication and scientific contribution

Gioia holds a Bachelor’s degree in social anthropology and business communication from the University of Fribourg. She also did her military service as a volunteer in infantry troops. After becoming an officer in 2017, she started a Master’s degree in public policy and management at the Graduate Institute of Public Administration at the University of Lausanne. She is now doing a final-year internship for the civicChallenge project.


Séverin Guelpa

membre du réseau civicLab Séverin Guelpa

Art Consultant

Visual artist and curator, Séverin regularly exhibits his work in Switzerland and abroad. In 2014, he founded the Matza project which brings together artists and scientists in extreme regions of the world to work on territorial, ecological and social issues. Séverin regularly teaches at art schools and universities. He holds an MA from the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD) and a degree in Political Science from the University of Geneva.

Sacha Béraud daisybell

membre du réseau civicLab Sacha Béraud <small>daisybell</small>

Sacha is a designer, consultant and developer. He is the founder of DaisyBell, an agency specialised in graphic design and web development.

He studied Art and Design at the Graduate School of Fine Arts of Bordeaux (BA),
Theory of Art and Language at EHESS in Paris and finished his studies at the HEAD | HES-SO of Geneva (MA).


Our Network.

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