GoodFestival is the world’s biggest celebration of sustainable innovation.
“Do no harm, do good when possible, and otherwise live and enjoy life” is Sibylle’s motto for life. And it is her quest to do good and to leave the world a little better than she found it that brought Sibylle to the GoodFestival Team. After having lived and worked internationally – leading projects, teaching, studying a Masters in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies, and doing lots of salsa dancing – Sibylle returned home to her native Switzerland looking for a new challenge.
From hiding under the covers with a flashlight to read books past bedtime to researching the use of storytelling in higher education, Sibylle has always been fascinated by the power of story to connect and inspire people. As lead storyteller of the GoodFestival and editor of OneMillionSparks, she is excited to hear and share your stories.
As a Honduran and Swiss dual citizen, Stephanie is used to moving between different worlds. Her passion for building bridges across cultures led her to join the 4th edition of the GoodFestival as one of the innovators. Together with Ingrid she is developing the project Kashí - which in the indigenous Lenka language means sunshine. That is exactly what they hope to bring into the lives of women artisans in Honduras and across Central America. By buying the locally made products and bringing them to the European market, the project not only supports the women but all profits are reinvested into social projects.
Having had a great time at the festival and especially appreciative of the excellent network she encountered, Stephanie decided to join the production team, helping organize the Firestarter Summit.
With a background in economics and statistics, Sara has been working in applied statistics and machine earning techniques over two decades. She believes that a motivated team can help people #GetGoodDone and change the world in a positive way - this is why she joined the Good Festival last year. Sara is part of the Talent Acquisition team, searching for innovators and storytellers aiming to build a better world.
A combination of talent, hard work and a willingness to help out with anything and everything is what makes Alex such a valuable member of the team. As part of the family that started the GoodFestival, Alex has been through all the highs and lows of the first iterations of the festival and so knows what it takes to #GetGoodDone.
Having already been recognized for his design skills by winning a logo competition, Alex will continue to contribute his creative and technical expertise as the Design Lead of the GoodFestival while he starts his studies in Architecture at the EPFL. At the same time he is leading the production team of the Firestarter event and is excited to support a lot of new talent as they start their journey.
As a former participant, innovator and organizing team member, Hazel is familiar with all aspects of the GoodFestival. After 15 years working as an in-house lawyer for various multinational companies, Hazel wanted to use her skills and experience to make the world a better place, but wasn’t sure how to start. A LinkedIn post inviting her to attend the GoodFestival seemed like the perfect place to start.
Inspired by - and wanting to help - all the innovators for good, she began developing her own online tool to help small organizations access in-house style legal advice, which she presented at the 3rd edition of the GoodFestival. Convinced by the vision of the festival, Hazel then joined the organizing team, taking the lead to organize the first Brainstorm for Good and mentoring new team members. As a mother of three she strongly believes that kids are our future, and she is ready to inspire the next generation to #GetGoodDone.
Having grown up in an international context and travelled a lot, Laura developed a strong interest in human rights, the environment and sustainability issues. After a Bachelor in International Relations, she decided to take a year off to start contributing in her own way as a global citizen. This eye-opening gap year - during which she raised awareness about the unsustainability of food systems at COP21 and worked on the implementation of Agenda21 in Switzerland - inspired her to study a Master’s in Social Development, focusing on forms of collective action aiming to address contemporary ecological, economic and social crises.
Laura believes that the possibility of a better future lies in the power of people to rethink our societies, create alternatives and instigate change. Convinced by the vision of the GoodFestival, Laura joined the Storytelling Team and is ready to build bridges and support projects and people by sharing their stories, working in particular on the Global Good Congress.
Ingrid has always known that she wants to find a way to help the people in her native Honduras. In particular she is concerned about the gender gap, which is particularly acute in low-income communities. Currently working on her second Masters Degree, Ingrid is developing the skills and tools necessary to tackle the interconnected challenges of education, health and women’s empowerment. As a first step she is working with fellow GoodFestival volunteer Stephanie on a startup to bring products created by Honduran women to the European market, with the aim of reinvesting profits into social projects in Central America.
After pitching the project at the 4th GoodFestival, Ingrid was so inspired by the community of innovators all working on getting good done, that she decided to join the production team. Her passion and experience make her a perfect addition to the team planning the Great Women Leaders event.
Martina has been moving between the worlds of academia and field work, looking for ways to operationalize knowledge so that it can be applied in the real world. Fascinated by people, she studied a Bachelor in Psychology with a particular interest in how we can build a society that really listens and cares. At the same time she wants to understand how we can psychologically adapt to thrive in a world marked by rapid innovation and incredible technological advancements.
Martina believes that we need to claim agency and take responsibility for our knowledge. This desire to contribute to real change lead her to play a key role in setting up an NGO in Liberia, using a holistic approach to address various interconnected issues. Now she is back in her native Switzerland, starting a Masters in Philosophy and History of Knowledge and taking the production lead of the Global Good Congress.
Hopping from one continent to another, Arnold has lived a true nomad's life. Following longer pit stops in Hungary, Canada, Austria and Hong Kong, he has finally settled in Switzerland.
A background in competitive sports, ranging from rowing to fencing and alpine ski racing, has shaped his goal-driven and assertive nature. While he likes winning, he is also interested in finding win-win solutions from which everyone benefits. Simply put, he believes that "it's good to do good things" and has previously contributed to projects such as Habitat for Humanity. Currently he is applying his dedication and strategic thinking to promote sustainable business ideas, including working as the Commercial Lead of the GoodFestival.
It doesn’t take more than a few minutes in conversation with Rajiv and watching how he engages with those around him to know that he is living the spirit of the GoodFestival everyday. After a global corporate career Rajiv initiated GoodFestival with an incredible team that is taking a bigger leadership role every day.
Rajiv dreams big and is the operations lead of the festival and supports and mentors the entire team.
Lucy is passionate about focusing on innovation and inclusion to empower those around her. Thanks to her focus, clear thinking, and practical approach, she has been able to advocate for marginalized people across the world, ranging from ex-political prisoners in Myanmar to indigenous women in Mexico.
A big believer in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education (especially for women), she has a masters in chemistry, which has helped develop her persistent, logical approach to finding solutions for global issues. After several years of working internationally in the corporate world, Lucy has decided to focus on work that allows her to develop her vision for a fair future. Lucy is leading the production of the Great Women Leaders event, and building her own initiative to empower refugees - both projects that foster her love for diversity and her stand for equality of different communities.