Anja Wyden Guelpa was the first woman elected as Chancellor of State in Geneva in 2009, reelected for a second term in 2013. Fascinated by innovation and change as the natural order of things, she began her career at the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs as project manager. She then went on to work for IBM Business Consulting as project manager. In 2003, she joined the public administration of Geneva, first as Deputy Director, then as General Director of the Social Policy division. As Chancellor of State, Anja Wyden Guelpa manages projects related to the modernization of the administration and ensures the organization of voting and elections processes. She also leads major innovative projects such as the partnership between public and private entities in the field of philanthropy or promotion of the active participation of young population in public debat.
After almost nine years as state chancellor and member of the government Anja Wyden Guelpa decided to found her company civicLab. As a legendary optimist and a person of action and reflection, with civicLab I help companies or organizations to become more competitive and attractive through the evolution of their corporate culture. My experience and a certain natural authority allow me to lead and steer creative processes and help executives and employees to excel and defines with them very quickly optimal solutions by using design thinking and co-creation.
She is an independent board member, teaches innovation and design thinking at the university of applied science and debate with pleasure and conviction.