Estelle has been Global Head Engagement & Volunteering since 2014, based in Switzerland at Novartis Headquarters. She is a member of the Novartis Learning Institute Leadership team, the Novartis Learning Council and the People & Organization and Country Coordination Novartis Emergency Management teams.
Estelle joined Novartis in 2007 with increasing responsibilities in Vaccines Western & Eastern Europe (2007-2010), Pharma Commercial Operations Asia, Middle East & Africa, Global Human Resources (2010-2014) and Corporate Responsibility (2014-2022).
Previously, she co-led a non-profit organization “IBBY” (International Board on Books for Young People) as Director & Program Head of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator in children’s literature.
Prior to that, she was the Global Head Legal Services and member of the Executive Committee at the headquarter of DHL.
Estelle started her career in the hospitality and airline industry, traveling being still one of her passions to-date.
Estelle has been volunteering her entire life, starting at the age of ten, teaching Mathematics and German to children of migrant families in her home town. Most recently, since 2017, she acts as Vice-President and member of the BASAID Board of Directors, a non-profit organization, providing development aid in underserved communities in four continents around four strategic priorities: health, education, water & sanitation and agriculture.
Estelle has studied Political Economics in Freiburg, Germany and holds an MBA.
A global citizen at heart, she worked and spent most of her life in different countries around the world, from the French West Indies via Mexico to Ex-Yugoslavia. She currently calls France her home, where she lives with her family, two Weimaraner dogs and raised – during COVID – five orphan ducklings, recently released back to the wild.