Our Team and the precious Community

About

It all started with a trip to the United States in 2016. At this time, the refugee crisis in Europe was all over the news. Founder Christian Hirsig met two other entrepreneurs in the US: one with a cooking school for refugees, one with a coding academy for women. Inspired by their projects and driven by the energy to help, the idea of Powercoders was born, with the mission of giving people their independence back, reducing social welfare costs and addressing the shortage of talent in the IT-industry.

The first Powercoders program started in Bern beginning of 2017 with an overwhelming amount of volunteers participated as Job Coaches or IT trainers and with many IT companies who were enthusiastic about offering internships. After this promising start, the Powercoders community has kept on growing and current we are running two school centers in Switzerland and one in Italy.

Our Impact Report 2018

Impact report 2018

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MEET THE TEAM

The Powercoders team is a talented and motivated group of people that work to change the lives of refugees. We are a non-profit organisation that depend on our incredible volunteers, so thank you to all these great people who are making a difference.

Abdul Nawaz Bugti

Abdul Nawaz Bugti
Participant / Zürich

Abdullah Msallam

Abdullah Msallam
Participant / Zürich

Agnes Néméthy

Agnes Néméthy
Mentor / Zürich

Alan Omar

Alan Omar
Participant / Zürich

Amani Izzatollah

Amani Izzatollah
Participant / Zürich

Andrina Beuggert

Andrina Beuggert
Social Lead / Powerhouse Zurich
Contact

Bashar Said

Bashar Said
Participant / Zürich

Benjamin Vonlanthen

Benjamin Vonlanthen
Coach / Zürich

Bettina Hirsig

Bettina Hirsig
CEO Powercoders / Vice-President
Contact

Chiar Evdi

Chiar Evdi
Participant / Zürich

Christian Hirsig

Christian Hirsig
President
Contact

Christian Zosel

Christian Zosel
Coach / Bern

Christoph Isch

Christoph Isch
Coach / Bern

Christoph Ackermann

Christoph Ackermann
Coach / Bern

Coline Sauzet

Coline Sauzet
Social Lead / Powerhouse Lausanne
Contact

Damian Senn

Damian Senn
Coach / Bern

Ebrahim Mehrno

Ebrahim Mehrno
Participant / Bern

Fortuna Mebratu

Fortuna Mebratu
Participant / Zürich

Gajendran Packiyanathan

Gajendran Packiyanathan
Participant / Bern

Hannes Gassert

Hannes Gassert
Industry Council

Hélène Portier

Hélène Portier
Lead Teacher / Lausanne

Hermi

Hermi
Hermi

Hussam Allaham

Hussam Allaham
Program Manager / Powerhouse Zurich
Contact

Ilya Shumilin

Ilya Shumilin
Coach / Zürich

Jamila Amini

Jamila Amini
Participant / Bern

Julia Sharonova

Julia Sharonova
Coach / Zürich

Juliana Mourisca

Juliana Mourisca
Mentor / Zürich

Kurt Kammermann

Kurt Kammermann
Mentor / Zürich / Bern

Lena Götsch

Lena Götsch
Mentor / Zürich

Lhamo Gakyitsang

Lhamo Gakyitsang
Participant / Bern

Luana Läderach

Luana Läderach
Media producer

Luc Hutter

Luc Hutter
Mentor / Bern

Madam Monorom

Madam Monorom
Lead Teacher / Zürich

Magaly Mathys

Magaly Mathys
Industry Lead / Powerhouse Lausanne
Contact

Mahmoud Hallal

Mahmoud Hallal
Mentor / Bern

Mannar Hielal

Mannar Hielal
Participant / Bern

Manuel Linder

Manuel Linder
Mentor / Bern

Marco Jakob

Marco Jakob
Teaching Council

Markus Gallagher

Markus Gallagher
Coach / Bern

Martin Baur

Martin Baur
Coach / Zürich

Matthias Hüni

Matthias Hüni
Lead Teacher / Zürich

Maximilian Sutkowski

Maximilian Sutkowski
Mentor / Zürich

Mohamad Husam Ebish

Mohamad Husam Ebish
Participant / Zürich

Mohammad Altahan

Mohammad Altahan
Participant / Bern

Mohammad Hadi Soroush

Mohammad Hadi Soroush
Participant / Zürich

Mohammed Khairi

Mohammed Khairi
Participant / Zürich

Muhammad Bashir Karimi

Muhammad Bashir Karimi
Participant / Zürich

Nick Niles

Nick Niles
Participant / Zürich

Nicolas Perrenoud

Nicolas Perrenoud
Coach / Zürich

Oleg Lavrovsky

Oleg Lavrovsky
Coach / Bern

Rafat Daghmach

Rafat Daghmach
Participant / Zürich

Rami Jumaah

Rami Jumaah
Participant / Bern

Ranny Kaddoura

Ranny Kaddoura
Participant / Zürich

Raphael Gaus

Raphael Gaus
Mentor / Zürich

Sangeerththani Ramesh

Sangeerththani Ramesh
Participant / Zürich

Sergei Schaub

Sergei Schaub
Mentor / Zürich

Sorin Paun

Sorin Paun
Teaching Lead / Powerhouse Lausanne
Contact

Stefan Schärmeli

Stefan Schärmeli
Coach / Bern

Stefanie Hess

Stefanie Hess
Mentor / Bern

Sujeevan Jeyapalan

Sujeevan Jeyapalan
Participant / Bern

Sunita Asnani

Sunita Asnani
Social Council

Susanne König

Susanne König
Teaching Lead Zurich / Powerhouse Zurich
Contact

Tenzin Gyadhotsang

Tenzin Gyadhotsang
Participant / Zürich

Tesfamichael Afewerki

Tesfamichael Afewerki
Participant / Bern

Visakha Thongpetsavong

Visakha Thongpetsavong
Mentor / Zürich

Yoseph Lechebo

Yoseph Lechebo
Participant / Zürich

Yusup Khashbulatov

Yusup Khashbulatov
Participant / Bern