Meet the Team

Benjamin Bargetzi

Benjamin B. Bargetzi

President and Founder

Benjamin’s greatest passion lies with analyzing and understanding complex systems and finding ways on how to improve them, both within science and the corporate world. He applies a combination of innovation, process simplification and transformation management to his current role as Amazon’s European Operations Program Manager, and previously applied said skills when managing strategic transformation projects for Fortune 500 companies as a senior project leader. He also applied the same kind of analytical and framework-focused thinking to scientific research, and apart from his top honors in the studies of cognitive sciences at Oxford University, University College London, the National University of Singapore and the University of Zurich, Benjamin initiated and led international research projects focusing on the causes and modulators of human decision-making. Eager to support people in need, Benjamin has also been leading in and initiating different social impact projects, and it was this combination of scientific passion and concern for the well-being of others that made him envision ACIT back in 2014.

Tomas Marik

Fiona Yang

Area Manager, London and Tianjin

Fiona works as a marketing and M&A manager in an international trade company in London, specializing on marketing campaigns and public relations. With an interdisciplinary background between political science, knowledge management and business, critical and innovative thinking have become central pillars of her career. Previous to her current role, Fiona developed different approaches for managing sensitive information within large corporations, and worked in HR for a major Chinese tech firm. With study and research experience across top schools in China (Tsinghua and Nankai University), Korea (Hanyang university) and London (University College London), she embraces various cultures and has developed a network all around the world. At ACIT, she predominantly focuses on building a bridge between the European and Asian branches, and manages both the UK and Chinese branches. In her private life, Fiona is especially interested in designing fashion and Korean drama.

Tomas Marik

Nicole Zhu

Area Manager, Beijing

Nicole is a PhD candidate at Tsinghua, China’s leading university, and previously graduated from University College London. Combining a rigorous scientific spirit with her business-focus, Nicole has set up three companies ever since graduating from college, and now successfully operates an education consulting firm in Beijing, focusing on the international exchange of educational resources & self-enhancement services between Chinese and foreign students. In addition, Nicole takes on important positions in the Tsinghua University Student Union. Lastly, Nicole is responsible for recruiting outstanding Chinese members for establishing and growing ACIT China.

Patrick Juan

Patrick Juan

Operations Manager & Area Manager, Vancouver

Patrick Juan is a student at Simon Fraser University, studying Business with a concentration in Management Information Systems, and additionally working towards an Education minor in Counselling and Human Development. He also works part-time at a robotics firm called Apex Motion Control, where he focuses on business development and marketing for the company. One of the things Patrick is passionate about is creating social impact, and he actively tries to find ways to give back to his community; one of the ways he had done this was through Enactus SFU. As a Project Manager at Enactus, he had the opportunity to lead a team that was dedicated to supporting newcomers to Canada. Now, as a part of ACIT, he hopes to bring people from Canada together to collaborate and find solutions to some of the community’s most pressing challenges, and sees the ACIT Network as an excellent chance to create sustainable social impact.

Tomas Marik

Neil Chowdhury

Finance Manager, Vancouver

Neil is currently studying Economics at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He has a passion for helping others and often volunteers his free time at community organizations. Most recently working as the Operations Manager at an Enactus SFU program that helped newcomers to Canada develop essential financial literacy skills, he was able to put his interests together into one place and help people that really needed it. Holding a strong passion for logistics and organization, he is excited to be joining ACIT to start the conversation on a variety of important issues. When not at school or working, you can find Neil enjoying one of the many activities that the great outdoors of Vancouver has to offer.

Tomas Marik

Sharlyn Monillas

Event Manager, Vancouver

As a fun-spirited, curious, and well-rounded individual, Sharlyn always strives to tell stories and find ways to be around people. While she may have only had retail experience in the past, she has put these excellent communication skills to use in planning events for school clubs and other community involvements. From birthdays to social outings to conferences, Sharlyn has always been a planner and loves to bring people together for a certain cause. Her passions include writing, music, and advocating for human rights issues. Sharlyn dreams of one day pursuing a career in Journalism in hopes of making an impact and giving a voice to those who don’t have one. Her desire to change the world and help others has become the driving force as to why she is excited to be a part of ACIT.

Manuel Brenner

Lily Ngo

Marketing Manager, Vancouver

Lily is currently a student at Simon Fraser University studying business with a concentration in Marketing and Management Information Systems. In addition, she is pursuing a minor in Communications and is currently working on getting her real estate license. With a passion for social impact, Lily is always looking for ways to be involved in the community and has been apart of multiple student led organizations such as Enactus SFU. She has mentored high school students with entrepreneurial skills and has also been apart of organizing an ideathon called the Changemaker Challenge. Lily is currently apart of the organizing committee for an international MIS case competition and is always looking for ways to connect with new people worldwide. Her passion for social change has led her to join ACIT to connect people that are also looking to make an impact.

Manuel Brenner

Manuel Brenner

Publications Manager & Area Manager, Heidelberg/Mannheim

Manuel Brenner studied physics in Heidelberg, where he acquired his M.Sc. degree in 2018, working on fundamental questions of quantum mechanics. Besides his professional focus on the wonders of the natural world, he has recently been captured by the intricacies of the brain, switching to the studies of theoretical neuroscience at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim. Before that, he undertook a sabbatical year in Leipzig, reading, writing and talking about science, philosophy and art while at the same time enjoying life and some of the many great (unscientific) things it has to offer: among them jazz, classical music, good wine and good books.

Tomas Marik

Tomas Marik

Area Manager, Basel

Tomas holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and history, and completed an assessment year in law. He is currently studying his masters degree in European Global Studies at the European Institute of the University of Basel. He worked as a tutor for Theoretical Philosophy and as a research assistant in political science. He also helped organize academic conferences and cultural events at the University of Basel and is part of the student editorial office. In his studies, he is very interested in international affairs, conceptual history, phenomenology, political theory and the critical theory from the Frankfurt School. Tomas is passionate about reading, music and photography. With ACIT he wants to make room for interfaculty discussions, where arguments count more than rhetoric.

Tomas Marik

Xenia Quinter

Event Manager, Basel

Driven by the question of what essentially constitutes human beings, Xenia has been studying philosophy and biology at the University of Basel since 2016. As a part of ACIT, she is keen to advance interdisciplinary discourse in science, and thus hopes to contribute a small part to solving the problems the world presents us with. Besides her studies, she works in the cultural field, and when she is not cooking and trying out new dishes, doing sports or reading, Xenia is outdoors in nature, hiking, skiing or simply admiring the beauty of nature.

Tomas Marik

Rafael Eggli

Event Manager, Basel

Rafael completed his BSc in Nanosciences at University of Basel with the aim of gaining a deep understanding of the mechanisms governing the natural world. For his Master, he specializes in experimental Nanophysics with a focus on Semiconductor Quantum Computing and Quantum Optics. Additionally, he is interested in Biophysics and the foundations of life at the molecular level, and he hopes to bring together these fields in his future work. In his leisure time, he pursues his fascination for financial markets, investing and personality development, which he tries to expand through reading. Besides that, he is passionate about keeping and breeding freshwater ornamental fish. He is member of the steering group of the parosphromenus project, an initiative of private fishkeepers aimed at the protection of the highly endangered liquorice gouramis, both in their Southeast Asian habitats and the aquaria of enthusiasts around the world.

Tomas Marik

Jackomo Kallen

Area Manager, Leipzig

Jackomo is an altruistic and analytic thinker, constantly flooded by new ideas. After six years of studies involving biology, management of natural resources, chemistry, economics, and psychology, he is now working as a financial consultant. In his private life, he loves to discuss thoughts and new concepts ranging from human nature, investment, future technology, taking care of body and soul with yoga and movement practice, all the way to martial arts. He has also worked in rough jobs ranging from construction to care. As part of ACIT he wants to connect people to discuss ideas and start impactful projects.

Haris Gegic

Haris Gegic

Event Manager, Zurich

Haris focused his studies on musicology and ethnology, and he is now transitioning towards studying business administration. He found a fascination in how all the sciences, along with music, are linked by different forms of information. Haris is passionate about music, so in his free time, he enjoys working on his musical talents with the piano and accordion. He also sets aside time to play tennis and read when he can.

Aurel Adler

Aurel Adler

Event Manager, Zurich

Aurel completed his master’s degree in mathematics at ETH Zurich in early 2017, with focus on axiomatic set theory. Following his passions, he completed a further trainee program in data science. Changing his focus from a technical to a more overarching perspective, he started a comprehensive trainee program at Allianz Insurances. In his spare time, he likes to do sports, and to try out new things. He loves to organize cozy game evenings with his friends, mastering difficult escape rooms, and participates in ninja warrior from time to time. At ACIT, Aurel predominantly works on partnerships with Mensa International and is part of the conference event organization team.

Aurel Adler

Aik Leng

Area Manager, Singapore

Aik Leng is a firm believer of effective altruism and is passionate about finding ways to contribute his small part in making the world a better place. Having studied psychology and geosciences in the National University of Singapore, he hopes to influence and educate the community to make ethical decisions in their lives, especially pertaining to the issues of environmentalism, inequality and animal cruelty. A naval officer by profession, he enjoys climbing, farming and yoga in his free time.

Benjamin’s greatest passion lies with analyzing and understanding complex systems and finding ways on how to improve them, both within science and the corporate world. He applies a combination of innovation, process simplification and transformation management to his current role as Amazon’s European Operations Program Manager, and previously applied said skills when managing strategic transformation projects for Fortune 500 companies as a senior project leader. He also applied the same kind of analytical and framework-focused thinking to scientific research, and apart from his top honors in the studies of cognitive sciences at Oxford University, University College London, the National University of Singapore and the University of Zurich, Benjamin initiated and led international research projects focusing on the causes and modulators of human decision-making. Eager to support people in need, Benjamin has also been leading in and initiating different social impact projects, and it was this combination of scientific passion and concern for the well-being of others that made him envision ACIT back in 2014.

Benjamin B. Bargetzi

President and Founder

Tomas Marik

Fiona Yang

Area Manager, London and Tianjin

Fiona works as a marketing and M&A manager in an international trade company in London, specializing on marketing campaigns and public relations. With an interdisciplinary background between political science, knowledge management and business, critical and innovative thinking have become central pillars of her career. Previous to her current role, Fiona developed different approaches for managing sensitive information within large corporations, and worked in HR for a major Chinese tech firm. With study and research experience across top schools in China (Tsinghua and Nankai University), Korea (Hanyang university) and London (University College London), she embraces various cultures and has developed a network all around the world. At ACIT, she predominantly focuses on building a bridge between the European and Asian branches, and manages both the UK and Chinese branches. In her private life, Fiona is especially interested in designing fashion and Korean drama.

Nicole is a PhD candidate at Tsinghua, China’s leading university, and previously graduated from University College London. Combining a rigorous scientific spirit with her business-focus, Nicole has set up three companies ever since graduating from college, and now successfully operates an education consulting firm in Beijing, focusing on the international exchange of educational resources & self-enhancement services between Chinese and foreign students. In addition, Nicole takes on important positions in the Tsinghua University Student Union. Lastly, Nicole is responsible for recruiting outstanding Chinese members for establishing and growing ACIT China.

Nicole Zhu

Area Manager, Beijing

Patrick Juan

Operations Manager & Area Manager, Vancouver

Patrick Juan studies Business with a concentration in Management Information Systems at Canada’s Simon Fraser University, and additionally works towards an Education minor in Counselling and Human Development. He also works part-time at a robotics firm called Apex Motion Control, where he focuses on business development and marketing for the company. One of the things Patrick is passionate about is creating social impact, and he actively tries to find ways to give back to his community; one of the ways he had done this was through Enactus SFU. As a Project Manager at Enactus, he had the opportunity to lead a team that was dedicated to supporting newcomers to Canada. Now, as a part of ACIT, he hopes to bring people from Canada together to collaborate and find solutions to some of the community’s most pressing challenges, and sees the ACIT Network as an excellent chance to create sustainable social impact.

Neil is currently studying Economics at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He has a passion for helping others and often volunteers his free time at community organizations. Most recently working as the Operations Manager at an Enactus SFU program that helped newcomers to Canada develop essential financial literacy skills, he was able to put his interests together into one place and help people that really needed it. Holding a strong passion for logistics and organization, he is excited to be joining ACIT to start the conversation on a variety of important issues. When not at school or working, you can find Neil enjoying one of the many activities that the great outdoors of Vancouver has to offer.

Neil Chowdhury

Finance Manager, Vancouver

Sharlyn Monillas

Event Manager, Vancouver

As a fun-spirited, curious, and well-rounded individual, Sharlyn always strives to tell stories and find ways to be around people. While she may have only had retail experience in the past, she has put these excellent communication skills to use in planning events for school clubs and other community involvements. From birthdays to social outings to conferences, Sharlyn has always been a planner and loves to bring people together for a certain cause. Her passions include writing, music, and advocating for human rights issues. Sharlyn dreams of one day pursuing a career in Journalism in hopes of making an impact and giving a voice to those who don’t have one. Her desire to change the world and help others has become the driving force as to why she is excited to be a part of ACIT.

Lily is currently a student at Simon Fraser University studying business with a concentration in Marketing and Management Information Systems. In addition, she is pursuing a minor in Communications and is currently working on getting her real estate license. With a passion for social impact, Lily is always looking for ways to be involved in the community and has been apart of multiple student led organizations such as Enactus SFU. She has mentored high school students with entrepreneurial skills and has also been apart of organizing an ideathon called the Changemaker Challenge. Lily is currently apart of the organizing committee for an international MIS case competition and is always looking for ways to connect with new people worldwide. Her passion for social change has led her to join ACIT to connect people that are also looking to make an impact.

Lily Ngo

Marketing Manager, Vancouver

Manuel Brenner

Publications Manager & Area Manager, Heidelberg/Mannheim

Manuel Brenner studied physics in Heidelberg, where he acquired his M.Sc. degree in 2018, working on fundamental questions of quantum mechanics. Besides his professional focus on the wonders of the natural world, he has recently been captured by the intricacies of the brain, switching to the studies of theoretical neuroscience at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim. Before that, he undertook a sabbatical year in Leipzig, reading, writing and talking about science, philosophy and art while at the same time enjoying life and some of the many great (unscientific) things it has to offer: among them jazz, classical music, good wine and good books.

Tomas holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and history, and completed an assessment year in law. He is currently studying his masters degree in European Global Studies at the European Institute of the University of Basel. He worked as a tutor for Theoretical Philosophy and as a research assistant in political science. He also helped organize academic conferences and cultural events at the University of Basel and is part of the student editorial office. In his studies, he is very interested in international affairs, conceptual history, phenomenology, political theory and the critical theory from the Frankfurt School. Tomas is passionate about reading, music and photography. With ACIT he wants to make room for interfaculty discussions, where arguments count more than rhetoric.

Tomas Marik

Tomas Marik

Area Manager, Basel

Xenia Quinter

Event Manager, Basel

Driven by the question of what essentially constitutes human beings, Xenia has been studying philosophy and biology at the University of Basel since 2016. As a part of ACIT, she is keen to advance interdisciplinary discourse in science, and thus hopes to contribute a small part to solving the problems the world presents us with. Besides her studies, she works in the cultural field, and when she is not cooking and trying out new dishes, doing sports or reading, Xenia is outdoors in nature, hiking, skiing or simply admiring the beauty of nature.

Rafael completed his BSc in Nanosciences at University of Basel with the aim of gaining a deep understanding of the mechanisms governing the natural world. For his Master, he specializes in experimental Nanophysics with a focus on Semiconductor Quantum Computing and Quantum Optics. Additionally, he is interested in Biophysics and the foundations of life at the molecular level, and he hopes to bring together these fields in his future work. In his leisure time, he pursues his fascination for financial markets, investing and personality development, which he tries to expand through reading. Besides that, he is passionate about keeping and breeding freshwater ornamental fish. He is member of the steering group of the parosphromenus project, an initiative of private fishkeepers aimed at the protection of the highly endangered liquorice gouramis, both in their Southeast Asian habitats and the aquaria of enthusiasts around the world.

Rafael Eggli

Event Manager, Basel

Jackomo Kallen

Area Manager, Leipzig

Jackomo is an altruistic and analytic thinker, constantly flooded by new ideas. After six years of studies involving biology, management of natural resources, chemistry, economics, and psychology, he is now working as a financial consultant. In his private life, he loves to discuss thoughts and new concepts ranging from human nature, investment, future technology, taking care of body and soul with yoga and movement practice, all the way to martial arts. He has also worked in rough jobs ranging from construction to care. As part of ACIT he wants to connect people to discuss ideas and start impactful projects.

Haris focused his studies on musicology and ethnology, and he is now transitioning towards studying business administration. He found a fascination in how all the sciences, along with music, are linked by different forms of information. Haris is passionate about music, so in his free time, he enjoys working on his musical talents with the piano and accordion. He also sets aside time to play tennis and read when he can.

Haris Gegic

Event Manager, Zurich

Aurel Adler

Aurel Adler

Event Manager, Zurich

Aurel completed his master’s degree in mathematics at ETH Zurich in early 2017, with focus on axiomatic set theory. Following his passions, he completed a further trainee program in data science. Changing his focus from a technical to a more overarching perspective, he started a comprehensive trainee program at Allianz Insurances. In his spare time, he likes to do sports, and to try out new things. He loves to organize cozy game evenings with his friends, mastering difficult escape rooms, and participates in ninja warrior from time to time. At ACIT, Aurel predominantly works on partnerships with Mensa International and is part of the conference event organization team.

Aik Leng is a firm believer of effective altruism and is passionate about finding ways to contribute his small part in making the world a better place. Having studied psychology and geosciences in the National University of Singapore, he hopes to influence and educate the community to make ethical decisions in their lives, especially pertaining to the issues of environmentalism, inequality and animal cruelty. A naval officer by profession, he enjoys climbing, farming and yoga in his free time.

Aurel Adler

Aik Leng

Area Manager, Singapore