Our Trainers

| Luca Allaria | Camille Bertaud | Dr Donatella Canella | Melissa Davies | Maura Hannon | Dr Sina Henrichs | Dr Sam Lagier | Dr Patricia Palagi | Aline Perrin | Dr Thomas Teichler

The Graduate Campus workshops are led by qualified experts and trainers committed to providing high quality training and support for the doctoral and postdoctoral researchers of UNIL/CHUV.

Our internal trainers come from across the UNIL/CHUV community: the Graduate Campus, Research, the Equality Office (BEC), Teaching and Learning Support (CSE).

For specific expertise, we also rely on external trainers: you'll find more information on their background and expertise below.

Luca Allaria

Luca Allaria worked for almost 15 years in the biomedical industry, in both large (Medtronic) and medium sized (Endologix) companies. In his career, Luca has focused on both the business aspects of his activities and on training and communication. In his international experience, he has been involved in multiple recruitment processes, both with and without the support of head-hunters.

Luca has extensive experience as a career transition consultant, and is part of the Career Advisory Team at the University of St Gallen MBA Programme.

Luca holds an MS in Biomedical Engineering and an Executive Master in Business Administration (EMBA) from the IMD Business School in Lausanne. He is certified as an Education Manager/Director and has taken multiple training courses in communication and recruitment. He is also a certified professional coach (CPP) and a Mentor Coach for the International Coaching Federation, a Certified Hogan Assessor and an NLP Practitioner. Luca is also a trainer and supervisor at the IDC (Institut de Coaching) in Geneva.

Luca Allaria - Coaching, Counselling, Training


Camille Bertaud


Camille Bertaud started her professional career as a Biosciences engineer with a scientific communication role in a neuroscience laboratory. 

After a stint in computer science, she decided to set up her own business 5 years ago and trained as a professional coach and trainer. Her desire to accompany others, to allow them to blossom in their personal and professional lives, led her to specialize in emotional intelligence.

Today, Camille provides coaching to individuals and companies, in individual and group coaching with co-development. She offers training in emotional intelligence, soft skills (public speaking, mindmapping, creativity, graphic facilitation...) and professional insertion. She is also a graphic facilitator to help clarify and disseminate messages from articles, videos, conferences and seminars.

Her objective is to help the different people she accompanies to learn to know themselves better in order to find their right place and to blossom in an environment that corresponds to them.


Dr Donatella Canella

Donatella Canella is a certified Co-active coach and Leadership trainer and consultant. She also serves as faculty for The Coaches Training Institute (CTI), the largest in-person coaching and training institute in the world. She is visiting faculty for the full-time MBA program at the Ecole des Ponts in Paris and a managing partner for the Human Centric Leaders, an international alliance of cross functional leadership and team coaching experts.

Donatella is passionate about individuals, teams and organizations seeking clarity and focus during times of change and uncertainty. Her work centres on leadership development, team dynamics, and career transition.

Donatella holds a PhD in Molecular Biology from Michigan State University, USA and has worked at top universities in both Europe and the US, where she has served for 15 years as scientist, project manager, mentor and trainer and has published several scientific articles in international peer-reviewed journals.

Human Centric Leaders


Melissa Davies

Melissa Davies, graduate of the London School of Economics is an international consultant with broad experience in management (strategic and operational), particularly within the fields of organisational development, partnership brokering and fundraising, IT and project management.

Melissa is an independent professional negotiator with over 20 years experience of both negotiating agreements and training negotiation skills and conflict management (see www.negoservices.com for references). Customers include academia, scientific research institutes, the private sector (industry) and non-profit organisations.

As a 'solution-focused' coach, Melissa has a great motivation to accompany people and organisations in their professional and personal development.



Maura Hannon

Maura Hannon has over 20 years professional writing experience including writing, editing and translating business documents in diverse fields such as social media, banking, automotive and fast moving consumer products. She has in-depth experience in editing academic works in arts, business and science disciplines, in teaching language and writing skills, and preparing students for Cambridge exams.

Maura has been project manager for commercial innovation projects (eg Kraft, Colgate, BASF, VW Financial Services, Fortescue Mining Group), often in a cross-cultural setting. She has coordinated and participated in the writing, editing and dissemination of a range of documents in the field of micro-economic reform in Australia, and has delivered parliamentary, speech and press material in the Western Australian Parliament under strict time restraints.

A graduate of the University of Western Australia and the Curtin University of Technology, Maura is a winner of the Graduate School of Business Meritorious Achievement Prize (MBA with Distinction), and of the Convocation medal for Political Science (BA Hons, First class).

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Dr Sina Henrichs

Sina Henrichs.jpgSina Henrichs has broad professional experience in project development and implementation in the academic environment. She holds a doctorate in Molecular Biology from the University of Zurich as well as an MBA in Academic Management form the University of Basel.

Sina combines her extensive research experience in the life sciences and in-depth understanding of process development and project management to provide interactive and professional training experiences. She implemented the Graduate Center GRACE, the professional platform for doctoral candidates and postdocs at the University of Basel, and worked for three years as Project Manager Education with the AO Foundation in Davos. She founded her own company, Manage Science in 2017, and began a new role as Center Coordinator Climate Change and Extremes Research at the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research in 2021.


Dr Sam Lagier

Sam_Lagier.jpgSam Lagier is a scientist, science communication and public speaking expert. He founded and manages SamSpeaksScience whose mission is to help experts communicate their knowledge. Samuel coached, curated and hosted the TEDxLausanne conference for 6 years. He is a member of the science-entertainment collective The Catalyst and the improvised comedy troupe The Renegade Saints, with whom he teaches improvisation and runs seriously fun workshops for corporate clients.
In his scientific career Samuel studied sensory perception in the normal and schizophrenic brains in France, the US and in Switzerland.



Dr Patricia Palagi

Patricia Palagi is an independent trainer of the "solution-oriented negotiation" method with Negoservices, and also the Head of Continuing Education at the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics.

Patricia has a background in biology and computer science, and holds a PhD in Cognitive Sciences from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France.

Her career has taken her from Brazil to France and Switzerland, and throughout her professional career she has gained extensive experience as a scientist, trainer, project manager, and leader of multicultural and multinational projects.

She has been involved in international academic negotiations throughout her career and in particular for the last 5 years as the training leader of a large European project with over 40 partners in 21 countries.



Aline Perrin

photo Aline PerrinAline Perrin is specialized in the prevention and management of stress and burn-out. She proposes various techniques to evacuate the harmful effects of physical, mental and emotional tensions that affect posture, breathing and voice.

Within the CUSO transversal programme, she leads workshops on expressing oneself with ease in stressful situations and coaches doctoral candidates participating in the MT180 competition. She is also contracted by the EPFL Forum for their Recruitment Fair, as well as by La Vaudoise to support their apprentices. She also offers individual consultations at her office "La Voix de la Détente" in Lausanne.

A graduate of the Conservatories of Bern and Geneva, Aline has taught singing for over 25 years. Trained in various relaxation methods, she also holds a diploma in psychosomatic sophrology and is trained in the prevention and treatment of burn-out.

La Voix de la Détente


Dr Thomas Teichler

Thomas_Teichler.jpg (Version 4)Thomas Teichler is a certified Co-active coach, trainer and consultant working on leadership, team development, communication & change management.

After a few years with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, he worked in market research before writing a PhD about science cooperation in the high-tech and security sector at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

As a policy consultant, Thomas worked for the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research in the UK and for Technopolis Group in Germany. He advised the European Commission, national governments and international organizations on research and innovation policy. In this capacity Thomas conducted over 100 events that brought together academics, representatives from European governments, as well experts from industry and facilitated their collaboration.

He has led more than 50 trainings with doctoral candidates and post-docs at institutes of the Max Planck Gesellschaft, as well as universities in Switzerland and Germany. Thomas holds degrees in business administration and philosophy and attended the CTI coaching and leadership courses. He currently works with teams and individuals in companies, public institutions, universities, and research organizations

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