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.

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

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

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.

Viviane Krayer

Viviane Krayer

Event Manager, Zurich

Viviane Krayer is studying German Literature and Linguistics with a minor in Ethnology at the University of Zurich, specializing in conversation and communication analysis. Apart from her linguistic endeavours and her love for books, she is also working part-time as a tutor and an archivist, and has a strong passion for dancing. At ACIT, she wishes to bring people from all over the world together, to enable insightful discussions that go beyond single subjects.

Haris Gegic

Haris Gegic

Event Manager, Zurich

Haris focused his studies on musicology and ethnology, and he is now transitioning towards studying information sciences. 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.

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.

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.

Patrick Juan

Operations Manager & Area 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.

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.

Manuel Brenner

Publications Manager & Area Manager, Heidelberg/Mannheim

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.

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.

Xenia Quinter

Event Manager, Basel

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.

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.

Jackomo Kallen

Area Manager, Leipzig

Viviane Krayer

Viviane Krayer

Event Manager, Zurich

Viviane Krayer is studying German Literature and Linguistics with a minor in Ethnology at the University of Zurich, specializing in conversation and communication analysis. Apart from her linguistic endeavours and her love for books, she is also working part-time as a tutor and an archivist, and has a strong passion for dancing. At ACIT, she wishes to bring people from all over the world together, to enable insightful discussions that go beyond single subjects.

Haris focused his studies on musicology and ethnology, and he is now transitioning towards studying information sciences. 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.