wise is managed by Etienne Eichenberger and Maurice Machenbaum, each with more than 20 years' experience in the humanitarian and social fields as well as in the interface between the social and private sectors.

Etienne Eichenberger
Managing partner

Etienne EichenbergerPrior to setting up WISE - philanthropy advisors, Etienne worked for 10 years in the field of international development and foundations. He began his career with the Swiss Agency for Co-operation and Development, before joining the Avina Foundation in Latin America. He then became for 5 years Senior Manager at the Centre for Strategic Insight (part of the World Economic Forum). He worked directly with individuals and their families in shaping their endeavor in philanthropy across Europe and in selected emerging markets. Today, he is the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation president and a training expert for the ICHEC - Brussels Management School Family in Enterprise Chair. He has also co-funded and was the vice-president of Sustainable Finance Geneva.

Maurice Machenbaum

Maurice MachenbaumMaurice is a social development and project management expert. Prior to setting up WISE - philanthropy advisors, he founded and was for several years, Programme Director at Casa Alianza Nicaragua, an international NGO dedicated to the defence and rehabilitation of street children. He was subsequently in charge of research on the topic of child soldiers at the International Committee of the Red Cross, and later became Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at Terre des hommes Lausanne. Maurice draws on a broad and multifaceted experience in the social development field and has visited or collaborated with over 300 projects in over to 35 countries. He was treasurer of The World Scout Organisation for 6 years and board member of Médecins du Monde in Switzerland. He is currently board member of Swiss Philanthropy Foundation and Cansearch.

Martial Paris
Director strategy & impact

Martial ParisMartial has been managing projects in fields such as local economic development and human rights in South East Europe and Caucasus. He used to work, first as Field Director in Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina, then as Regional Coordinator for the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (AADL). He managed a team of 22 project managers from 6 different countries implementing projects sponsored by the European Commission; different Foreign Ministries and Swiss Agency for Development.

Mael Steiner
Program manager

Mael SteinerMaël, after studying sociology, anthropology and management of social and humanitarians organizations, worked more than 10 years in the social development field. Initially with Médecins Sans Frontières, in Nicaragua and Switzerland, then with the Terre des hommes-Lausanne foundation where he managed jointly more than 15 development and emergency projects in 7 countries of Latin America and the Caribbeans, related to child relief thematics.

Sabrina Zucchello
Philanthropy advisor

Sabrina ZucchelloSabrina has been working for the past 7 years in the field of economic development and Corporate Social Responsibility notably with Hewlett-Packard. As a program manager, she has build and grown worldwide multi-stakeholder initiatives related to entrepreneurship and education. Convinced that partnerships are key to international development, she has been working at the crossroads of the private sector, the United Nations and NGOs. She has also gained field experience in Latin America and holds a Master Degree in Human Rights Law from IHEID in Geneva.

Lucile Bula

Lucile BulaLucile graduated from the University of Lausanne in political sciences. At the end of her studies, she went on a humanitarian mission in Senegal to work with street children. At her return, she joined WISE as an intern to develop practical tools in order to undertake a Master's degree in sciences of the population and development studies.

regional consultants

Hang Nguyen

Hang NguyenSince 2002, Hang has built a long track record in managing social projects in Vietnam, as well as coordinating international solidarity projects. She took part in leading a hotel management school for underprivileged youth in Vietnam, and was the national representative of the organization France Volontaires in Vietnam and Laos. Hang has collaborated with WISE since 2008 in identifying partners, following up with projects, and organizing site visits in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Thuy Ngo

Thuy NgoThuy has worked in social development in Vietnam for over 20 years, most notably as the national team leader for various international NGOs like Swisscontact, Handicap International Belgium, and Worldwide Orphans Organisation. She has a deep knowledge of the Vietnamese and regional context pertaining to childhood and youth issues. Her combined expertise in education, training, and business management has enabled her to implement, follow-up and evaluate numerous projects. Thuy has collaborated with WISE since 2010, especially as it relates to following up and evaluating projects.

Frans van Kranen

Frans van KranenFrans has been working in Brazil for 20 years with several NGOs at the local and national levels. He is currently the local coordinator of a children-focused NGO in the city of Natal, and as a freelance consultant for a Dutch NGO that fights the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents. Frans has an extended knowledge of social issues affecting Brazil, particularly its youth. He has a broad experience in monitoring and evaluating social projects, coordinating small and large-scale initiatives and strengthening organizations and teams. Frans has collaborated with WISE since 2011 in identifying partners and following up with projects.

Juan Carlos Godoy

Juan Carlos GodoySince 1996, Juan Carlos is an expert in international cooperation, with a strong background in evaluating projects and coordinating programs in Latin America. He has worked for Terre des Hommes Switzerland in Geneva, as well as for AccEd and Interteam in Bogota, Colombia, in fighting poverty and promoting human rights. Juan Carlos has collaborated with WISE since 2010 in evaluating and following up with projects in Colombia.

José Manuel Capellin

José Manuel CapellinAn expert on childhood and youth issues, José Manuel has 25 years’ worth of experience in the defense and care of street children, marginalized youth, and victims of violence in Central America. He has also worked in African community development. José Manuel has a solid knowledge of both the region and the management and institutional development of NGOs, as well as issues of methodology and advocacy. José Manuel has built an international reputation for his excellent work; he has collaborated with WISE since 2014 in identifying partners in Central America and Mexico.

John Orlando

John OrlandoJohn has been an international consultant since 1996 with a long career in international cooperation and humanitarian assistance. He worked for Doctors without Borders, was General Director of Doctors of the World – Spain, and in charge of Latin America for Terre des hommes – Lausanne (Switzerland). As delegation head in many Latin American countries, he has a solid knowledge of the region. His expertise ranges from human and youth rights to all aspects of a project cycle. John has collaborated with WISE since 2006 in numerous evaluation programs, in identifying partners, and in strategic planning both in Switzerland and Latin America.

Jean-Pierre Heiniger

John OrlandoA consultant in organizational development, team development, and executive coaching, Jean-Pierre works for both international corporations in the private sector and social organizations. Since 2002, he has taught leadership skills in prestigious schools (IMD and INSEAD among others). Jean-Pierre has been a partner with Syllogos and a consultant with Terre des hommes for many years. He brings a wealth of experience in social work, especially as director of “La Fontenelle,” a social institution in the Valais region of Switzerland. Jean-Pierre has collaborated with WISE on programs for entrepreneurs and for NextGen.


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