Conference Topics

The first edition of the Sino-Swiss Women's Forum will focus on the topic: "Women in Leadership and the opportunities arising from the intercultural dialogue".

Women related topics

Opportunities beyond cultures: women in leadership

Business, health and beauty, luxury, education

Sino-Swiss relations

Renowned speakers and VIPs from China and Switzerland

Special Guests for the 65thAnniversary of the
Sino-Swiss Diplomatic Relations

H.E. Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch

Swiss State Secretary

Attorney, MBA, SECO Director and Director of the Foreign Economic Affairs Directorate since 1st April 2011.

From 2007 Federal Council Ambassador and Delegate for Trade Agreements, Switzerland’s chief negotiator at the World Trade Organization (WTO) as well as member of the SECO Board of Directors and in addition to the WTO responsible for the OECD and free trade agreements as head of the World Trade Division in the Foreign Economic Affairs Directorate.

H.E. Xu Jinghu

Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Switzerland

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco from 2009- 2013, previously Executive Director of African Affairs, MFA of China and Secretary General of the Chinese Follow-up Committee Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (2004-2009). H.E. XU Jinghu speaks French fluently.


The founders of the Sino-Swiss Women's Forum are four China-passionate women active in the Sino-Swiss relations.

Lucia Fesselet-Comina


Owner of «Sissi Swiss Tours»
DAS in Marketing & Luxury Industry

Isabelle Yang

Vice President

Ph.D: Senior scientist and consultant in life science

Yaël Gehring

Vice President

Partner at «UNITOUCH» (China), Associate partner at VZ&A Consultants
BLAW UZH, Marketing CUHK

Géraldine Henchoz

Vice President

Sinologist Master degree in Asian Studies at IHEID, Geneva

Executive Committee

Lei Wang

Executive Director

Senior Consultant Treasury Management, Executive MBA

Aline Ballaman

Executive Director

Deputy General Manager Swiss Center (China)

Founders and Committee Members of the Sino-Swiss Women’s Forum and Director of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries meet with Swiss Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter at the 70th anniversary of the Switzerland-China Association on June 13th2015.


The Sino-Swiss Women's Forum will welcome key opinion leaders and VIPs as guest speakers


The Sino-Swiss Women's Forum is a working group of the Swiss-Chinese Association – French speaking region.

Our official Chinese partner is the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), one of China's major foreign affairs organizations.


Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors


Courtesy of Ms Diane Yang Altea

Press Release

A successful first edition of the Sino-Swiss Women’s Forum

As part of the 65th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and China, the first Sino-Swiss Forum fully dedicated to women was launched on the 26th of November 2015 in Geneva. A first of its kind event, this forum was an excellent occasion to reinforce the bilateral relations between the two countries, this from the brand new perspective of “women in leadership”.

Swiss State Secretary Ms. Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch as well as Chinese Ambassador in Switzerland Ms. Xu Jinghu were the guests of honor of the day. A delegation of 50 women entrepreneurs from the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, one of China’s major diplomatic associations, came all the way from China to Geneva to take part to this unique event.

Giving women the possibility to explore cooperation ways beyond cultural differences in a one day of conferences and debate, that was the challenge that the four women behind the initiative decided to take up: Lucia Fesselet-Comina, Isabelle Yang, Géraldine Henchoz and Yaël Gehring, and their executive committee members Lei Wang and Aline Ballaman, all passionate by the Chinese culture and language. And the challenge was a success: the forum – fully sold out – gathered renowned speakers such as Ms. Babette Keller-Liechti, Winner of Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman Award 2009 and Ms. Huang Han, Professor of Psychology and famous Chinese TV guest host.

Having attracted nearly 200 participants, the Sino-Swiss Women’s Forum is a great example of the intercultural dialogue and will remain a source of inspiration for numerous women.

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Join us at the first edition of the Sino-Swiss Women's Forum, entirely organized by women, for women!

  • Coffee & croissants welcome and registration
  • Welcome by the Sino-Swiss Women’s Forum: Founders and Committee
  • Official speech of H.E. Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, Swiss State Secretary
  • Official speech of H.E. Xu Jinghu, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Switzerland
  • Official speech of Mrs. Anja Wyden Guelpa Chancellor of State at Republic and Canton of Geneva
  • Official speech of Mrs. Lin Yi, Vice President of The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries
  • Intervention by Mrs. Huang Han, Professor at Professor at Jiangsu Provincial Administration Institution and TV Show guest host
  • Coffee break
  • Intervention by Mrs. Babette Keller-Liechti, Founder & Chairwoman of Keller Trading SA & Keller Trading Switzerland
    and Hong Kong LTD, Winner of Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award 2009
  • Presentation of the Chinese delegations CPAFFC & CAWE
  • Seated lunch
  • Intervention by Mrs. Pascale Lepeu, Curator of Cartier Collection
  • Intervention by Mrs. Judy Hou, CEO of Glion Institute of Higher Education
  • Panel discussions with speakers: Challenges and opportunities for Women leaders in China and Switzerland
  • Thank you by the Sino-Swiss Women’s Forum Founders and Committee
  • End of event