Director of the Transversal Skills and Career Center
An engineer in molecular biology (University of Zagreb) and holder of a PhD in systems biology from University Paris Cité, Tamara has been teaching at university for over 10 years. Using a project-based approach and working in interdisciplinary teams, she offers Bachelor, Master and Doctorate students the development of transversal skills important for their careers. As an independent consultant, she worked with several universities in France and on European projects, before joining EPFL as a pedagogical advisor in 2021. She teaches at EPFL in the SHS program and is a member of the EPFL Teachers Council (CCE). Tamara has a continuous education degree in Innovative Scientific Communication from University Paris Cité and is currently doing a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Training assessment engineering at HEP Vaud. She is of Croatian origin, speaks French and English and has a basic knowledge of (Swiss-)German. She is passionate about the marine world and the interface between science and arts
Senior career advisor
Philippe created the EPFL Career Center in 2006 (now the Transversal Skills and and Career Center) and has headed it until the end of 2022. An EPFL graduate (Electrical Engineering – class of 1986) and holder of a Master in Logistics and Supply-Chain Management (IML 1994), Philippe has held several management positions in top IT companies such as HP, IBM, Quantum and CNET Networks. He also co-started two companies. Philippe speaks French and English.
A certified Business Clerk, Tania Candolfi started her career at the Swiss Engineers and Architects Association (SIA). She then joined the private sector as an executive secretary in a recruitement agency before moving to the travel industry as an accountant. Tania speaks French, Italian and English.
Academic and career advisor
A graduate Psychologist from the University of Geneva specialized in Human Resources, Aurelie Secrétan has worked in student placement at Nottingham Trent University. She later joined the Swiss Post, where she was in charge of coaching and enhancing the workforce’s employability in Western Switzerland. She has a lot of experience in conducting interviews and has designed and run several seminars in the fields of career moves and skills developpement. She speaks French, English and German.
Master internship program Central Coordinator
Graduating as an engineer from EPFL in 1994, Catherine went on to receive a Doctoral degree from the University of Neuchatel. She held several subsequent positions in project development and management in business and in academia. Interested by management, she also obtained an MBA from the University of Applied Sciences School of Business Administration) in Neuchatel. Catherine works in parallel for the Faculty of Science at EPFL where she assists students in searching for their internships and organizes workshops on job search techniques and the (non-academic) workplace. She speaks fluent French and English, and has a good working knowledge of German.
Regina earned a Bachelor of Sciences in Social Communication from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, and a Business Clerk certificate in Canton Vaud. After a period in Los Angeles, as part of a language immersion program, Regina arrived in Switzerland in 1996 where she started her career as an educational assistant at Wall Street Institute before becoming a senior administrative assistant in different industry segments. Regina speaks French, English and Portuguese.
Employer Relations Officer
Sabine Demerlé holds a Master of Science from HEC Lausanne (business administration). She worked in national and international companies from various sectors including banking, watchmaking, automotive and FMCG where she held different marketing roles and specialized in market research. Sabine speaks fluent French and English and has a solid knowledge of German and Spanish. She is the mother of two children, enjoys travelling and loves to go mountaineering.
Transversal Skills Project Manager
Helena is a social scientist and as a Project Manager for Transversal Skills, she is responsible for preparing, implementing and assessing transversal skills across EPFL. Previous to joining Transversal Skills and Career Center, Helena worked four years at Centre for Learning Sciences, as a researcher on education, teaching and learning at EPFL. She also worked as a consultant for education and innovation in a UK-based international consultancy. Helena co-chairs the Special Interest Group for Ethics in engineering education as part of the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI). She obtained her PhD as a recipient of the Marie Curie fellowship in the European Doctorate for Teacher Education (EDITE) as a joint degree between Hungary (ELTE) and Portugal (University of Lisbon) examining teacher learning in innovative schools. Her Master’s degree was an Erasmus Mundus joint degree in Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management (Aarhus University and University of Deusto), and for her Bachelor, she did studies in Community Youth Work and non-formal education (Jönköping University)