I've spent the last ten years bolstering my experience and qualifications in order to have the skills, tools and network necessary to build foster prosperity across the value chain, starting on farms.



2011-2015               University of St.Gallen, St.Gallen

                              Doctoral candidate in the Organization and Culture                                       (DOK) Program. DISSERTATION, SUBMITTED JUNE 2ND,                                               2015: SITUATED ATTENTION: EXPLORING STRATEGIC RESPONSES                                   TO EMERGENt issues in transcultural environments

2009-2010              New York University, NY

                              M.A. Latin American and Caribbean Studies, GPA                                                   3.9. Master’s Thesis: Development in Panama’s Darién                                         Province: collective agency and the economy of aid                                         in Arimae

2004-2007              Smith College, Northampton, MA

                              B.A. Latin American and Latino and Latina Studies. GPA 3.5.                                 Bachelor’s Thesis: The Juarez Femicides: free trade and                                   violence against women on the Texas-Mexico border



2011 – 2015: SNF stipend through the Centro Latinoamericano-Suizo at the University of St. Gallen

2011 – 2015: Supplementary stipend from Nestlé

2009 – 2010:  Henry MacCracken Fellowship. Fully financed master’s work at New York University

2010: Tinker Field Research Grant. Financed master’s research in Panama.

2005 – 2007: Dean’s list at Smith College

2004: Robert P. Sibley Prize for students with excellent writing skills at Mt. Holyoke College


Academic Presentations, Publications & Activities

2015: Presenter at the 5th World Sustainability Forum, Basel, 2015

2011 – 2015: co-organized and participated in several departmental colloquiums at the University of St.Gallen

October, 2013: Sat on an expert panel at Farming Forward, an event on sustainable agriculture co-hosted by Nestlé and the University of St.Gallen

November, 2013: Presented research to doctoral class at Texas State University

November, 2013: Presented research to master’s class at the University of Texas at Austin

2014: Reviewer, Academy of Management Journal

2013: Invited to present research at the Business Association of Latin American Studies (was unable to attend)

2013: Presenter at Prodoc conference at the University of Bern

2004: Published co-author of Immigrant Women and the Struggle to House and Educate their Children, by Cambridge Scholars Press, and presented findings at conference at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida



-          English (native speaker)

-          German (fluent)

-          Spanish (business proficient)

-          Swiss German (good understanding)