Our Team and the Precious Community

About

We believe in promoting equal opportunities for diverse talents in the IT industry.

Our association
Powercoders is a non-profit association and the program ist self-funded and free of charge for the selected participants.

How it all began
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 participating as Job Coaches or IT trainers and with many IT companies who were enthusiastic about offering internships. After this promising start, the Powercoders community kept on growing and we are currently running a permanent school center in Switzerland and one in Italy.

Our Impact Report 2020

Impact Report 2020

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MEET THE COMMUNITY

The Team
The Powercoders team is a talented and motivated group of people that work hard to change the lives of refugees. We work in Zurich, Berne, Lausanne and Turin and sometimes anywhere in between.

The Community
Since we are a non-profit organisation, we rely heavily on the engagement of volunteers. So, we want to thank all these great people who are making a difference, time and again. Also, we are proud to be able to show you a glimpse of who these amazing people are, our volunteers and alumni.

Abdul Nawaz Bugti

Abdul Nawaz Bugti
Participant / Zurich

Abdullah Msallam

Abdullah Msallam
Participant / Zurich

Abdul Rahim Alizada

Abdul Rahim Alizada
Participant / Zurich

Agnes Néméthy

Agnes Néméthy
Mentor / Zurich

Ahmed Fawad Sattari

Ahmed Fawad Sattari
Participant / Lausanne

Aiman Nazaal

Aiman Nazaal
Participant / Zurich

Alan Omar

Alan Omar
Participant / Zurich

Amani Izzatollah

Amani Izzatollah
Participant / Zurich

Andreas Merenyi

Andreas Merenyi
Job Coach

Andrina Beuggert

Andrina Beuggert
Social Lead Switzerland
Contact

Aron Braun

Aron Braun
Member

Bashar Said

Bashar Said
Participant / Zürich

Benjamin Vonlanthen

Benjamin Vonlanthen
Job Coach / Zurich

Bettina Hirsig

Bettina Hirsig
CEO Powercoders Switzerland / Vice-President
Contact

Chiar Evdi

Chiar Evdi
Participant / Zurich

Christian Hirsig

Christian Hirsig
Founder / Board Member
Contact

Christian Zosel

Christian Zosel
Job Coach / Bern

Christina Gräni

Christina Gräni
Industry Lead Romandie & Public Relations
Contact

Christoph Isch

Christoph Isch
Job Coach / Bern

Christoph Ackermann

Christoph Ackermann
Job Coach / Bern

Christophe Tafani-Dereeper

Christophe Tafani-Dereeper
IT Trainer / Lausanne

Damian Senn

Damian Senn
Job Coach / Bern

Delberin Ali

Delberin Ali
Participant / Zurich

Dinesh Bolkensteyn

Dinesh Bolkensteyn
IT Trainer / Lausanne

Ebrahim Mehrno

Ebrahim Mehrno
Participant / Bern

Eugenia Papageorgiou

Eugenia Papageorgiou
Participant / Lausanne

Farid Saberi

Farid Saberi
Participant / Bern

Florina Vilciu

Florina Vilciu
Job Coach / Zurich

Fortuna Mebratu

Fortuna Mebratu
Participant / Zurich

Francesco Ecclesie

Francesco Ecclesie
Project Lead – Powercoders Italy
Contact

Frédéric Kerautret

Frédéric Kerautret
Job Coach / Lausanne

Gajendran Packiyanathan

Gajendran Packiyanathan
Participant / Bern

Gregorio Caporale

Gregorio Caporale
Industry Lead – Powercoders Italy
Contact

Hannes Gassert

Hannes Gassert
Industry Council

Helena Grimm

Helena Grimm
Job Coach / Zurich

Hélène Portier

Hélène Portier
Lead Teacher / Lausanne

Hermi

Hermi
Job Coach / Zurich

Hervé Queyranne

Hervé Queyranne
IT Trainer / Lausanne

Hunny Bhagat

Hunny Bhagat
Participant / Lausanne

Hussam Allaham

Hussam Allaham
Industry Lead Switzerland
Contact

Ilya Shumilin

Ilya Shumilin
Job Coach / Zurich

Isabella Annibale

Isabella Annibale
Job Coach / Lausanne

Jamila Amini

Jamila Amini
Participant / Bern

Jawad Ehsani

Jawad Ehsani
Participant / Zurich

Julia Sharonova

Julia Sharonova
Job Coach / Zurich

Juliana Mourisca

Juliana Mourisca
Job Coach / Zurich

Katel Giacometti

Katel Giacometti
Job Coach / Lausanne

Kurt Kammermann

Kurt Kammermann
Senior Coach / Zurich, Bern

Lena Götsch

Lena Götsch
Job Coach / Zürich

Lhamo Gakyitsang

Lhamo Gakyitsang
Participant / Bern

Linus Murbach

Linus Murbach
Program Coordinator
Contact

Luana Läderach

Luana Läderach
Media producer

Luc Hutter

Luc Hutter
Job Coach / Bern

Lydia Tracy

Lydia Tracy
Job Coach Zurich

Lynn Blattmann

Lynn Blattmann
President

Madam Monorom

Madam Monorom
Lead Teacher / Zurich

Mahmoud Hallal

Mahmoud Hallal
Job Coach / Bern

Mannar Hielal

Mannar Hielal
Participant / Bern

Manuel Linder

Manuel Linder
Job Coach / Bern

Marcel Greimel

Marcel Greimel
Job Coach / Zurich

Marco Jakob

Marco Jakob
Teaching Council

Maria Multani

Maria Multani
Finance & Community Management / Bern
Contact

Mark Iandovka

Mark Iandovka
Teaching Assistant
Contact

Markus Gallagher

Markus Gallagher
Coach / Bern

Markus Koller

Markus Koller
IT Trainer / Zurich

Martin Baur

Martin Baur
Job Coach / Zurich

Martin Hertig

Martin Hertig
IT Trainer / Bern

Matteo Antony Mistretta

Matteo Antony Mistretta
Teaching Lead – Powercoders Italy
Contact

Matthias Hüni

Matthias Hüni
Lead Teacher / Zurich

Maximilian Sutkowski

Maximilian Sutkowski
Job Coach / Zurich

Meron Essayas

Meron Essayas
Participant / Lausanne

Michael Afewerki

Michael Afewerki
Participant / Bern

Michael Benjamin

Michael Benjamin
Member

Mohamad Husam Ebish

Mohamad Husam Ebish
Participant / Zurich

Mohammad Altahan

Mohammad Altahan
Participant / Bern

Mohammad Hadi Soroush

Mohammad Hadi Soroush
Participant / Zurich

Mohammed Khairi

Mohammed Khairi
Participant / Zurich

Muhammad Bashir Karimi

Muhammad Bashir Karimi
Participant / Zurich

Mustafa Hakimi

Mustafa Hakimi
Participant / Lausanne

Mustafa Noorhussin

Mustafa Noorhussin
Participant / Lausanne

Nick Niles

Nick Niles
Coach / Zurich

Nicolas Perrenoud

Nicolas Perrenoud
Job Coach / Zurich

Nisar Ahmed Hatami

Nisar Ahmed Hatami
Participant / Lausanne

Nour Alayouby

Nour Alayouby
Participant / Zurich

Oktawia Kata

Oktawia Kata
IT Trainer / Zurich

Oleg Lavrovsky

Oleg Lavrovsky
Job Coach / Bern

Oliver Ganz

Oliver Ganz
Member

Pierre Boizot

Pierre Boizot
IT Trainer / Lausanne

Priya Burci

Priya Burci
CEO Powercoders International
Contact

Rafat Daghmach

Rafat Daghmach
Participant / Zurich

Rami Jumaah

Rami Jumaah
Participant / Bern

Ramon Wenger

Ramon Wenger
IT Trainer / Bern

Ranny Kaddoura

Ranny Kaddoura
Participant / Zurich

Raphael Gaus

Raphael Gaus
Job Coach / Zurich

Robel Debesay

Robel Debesay
Participant / Lausanne

Sangeerththani Ramesh

Sangeerththani Ramesh
Participant / Zurich

Selamawit Tekleab

Selamawit Tekleab
Participant / Lausanne

Sergei Schaub

Sergei Schaub
Job Coach / Zurich

Sharol Süess-O’Reggio

Sharol Süess-O’Reggio
IT Trainer / Zurich

Stefan Schärmeli

Stefan Schärmeli
Coach / Bern

Stefanie Hess

Stefanie Hess
Job Coach / Bern

Stella Gianfreda

Stella Gianfreda
Social Lead – Powercoders Italy
Contact

Sujeevan Jeyapalan

Sujeevan Jeyapalan
Participant / Bern

Sunita Asnani

Sunita Asnani
Social Council

Susanne König

Susanne König
Teaching Lead Switzerland
Contact

Tenzin Gyadhotsang

Tenzin Gyadhotsang
Participant / Zurich

Tenzin Lehpel

Tenzin Lehpel
Participant / Lausanne

Vahid Moradi

Vahid Moradi
IT Trainer / Zurich

Visakha Thongpetsavong

Visakha Thongpetsavong
Mentor / Zürich

Walter Steinmann

Walter Steinmann
Member

Yoseph Lechebo

Yoseph Lechebo
Participant / Zurich

Yusup Khashbulatov

Yusup Khashbulatov
Participant / Bern