Who We Are

The project “Returnship Programme” is carried out by the Institute for Financial Services Zug IFZ of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and is supported by the Federal Office for Gender Equality and various partners. The team of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts consists of:

Dr. Anina Hille

Co-Project Manager

Lecturer and project leader for diversity and finance topics. Having spent over a decade in the financial services industry, Anina Hille shifted her professional focus over the years to the complementary topic of diversity. She is passionate about combining these two worlds and creating opportunities for more diverse teams leading to higher innovation and productivity of firms. As a mother, she is a strong believer of gender equality, gender TOGETHER and the need for professional returnship programmes.

Currently, she is managing several projects together with the government and well-known companies across various industries on gender, diversity and inclusion, age/generations management and disability/health.

Evelin Bermudez

Co-Project Manager

Evelin Bermudez has twenty-five years’ experience and training in project and programme design and management in the areas of micro-finance, education, cultural resources management, social development and youth development.  She made a career in international development working at the World Bank and various United Nations Agencies before relocating to Switzerland in 2003. She rediscovered her passion for teaching when she joined the Lucerne School of Business as a guest lecturer in 2009. She is the co-founder of the Swiss Skills Academy, a social enterprise providing skills upgrading courses, and the Swiss International Volunteer Organisation, a non-profit that supports integration through volunteer work. Since 2012, she has been a member of the City of Lucerne‚Äôs Integration Commission, providing advice on integration policy issues. She is passionate about integration, gender diversity in the work place and creating opportunities for women to return to work.

Prof. Dr. Gabrielle Wanzenried

Project Team

Prof. Dr. Gabrielle Wanzenried has been at the Institute for Financial Services Zug IFZ since 2005. Together with Sita Mazumder, she has built up the research and service focus on gender issues and has written numerous publications on the topic over the years. In addition, she provided consulting services for partners in practice in the field of gender, equality and diversity. She studied at the University of Berne, the London School of Economics and UC Berkeley.



Prof. Dr. Yvonne Seiler Zimmermann

Project Team

Prof. Dr. Yvonne Seiler Zimmermann has been a lecturer and project manager at the Institute for Financial Services Zug IFZ of the Lucerne School of Business since 2008. She previously worked in risk management at FINMA. She studied economics at the University of Berne and received her doctorate from the University of Basel on “Consumption, dividends and the stock market: a cointegration analysis”. During her doctoral studies, she also obtained the Certificate in Econometrics from the University of Chicago, USA. She researches and teaches in the areas of finance, risk management, commodities, pensions and diversity.