Mike Hoffman


function : President and founder of Vivere

Founder of Vivere in 1999, worked for 14 years for at Terre des hommes (7 years in the field and 7 years as director of the foundation), 4 years at the direction of a French NGO for human rights and development, then 10 years of leadership of solidarity organizations acting in Switzerland, (asylum seekers and social assistance) in addition to numerous volunteer engagements in activating for human rights.

Emma Garcia

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function : General secretary

MD graduated in Public Health, practiced medicine for ten years in developing countries in collaboration with Medicus Mundi Spain, Moroccan Public Health, then Terre des hommes. Within Tdh she worked for 2 years as a traveling delegate in the context of nutritional programs in West Africa, and 5 years in Lausanne as a medical consultant for the organisation & head of the “Children’s Care” sector. Since 1995, she’s been a clinical research assistant in the CHUV’S Pediatric Hematology-Oncology unit.

Scott Typaldos


function : Communication  

Graduated in film studies in 2000, photography professor for 5 years, permanent photographer of the documentary photography agency Prospekt (Milan) since 2013, specialized in the theme of psychiatric illness since 2011, also producing other photographic and cinematographic documentaries on various subjects.

Lea Ruiz


Fonction : Criminologist

Holder of a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master in neurosciences at the Geneva university in addition to a master in criminology at the Lausanne university. She currently works in the field of internal security at the federal defense department. She continues her engagement at Vivere.

Sacha Elkaim


function : Legal advisor

Graduated from the Lausanne Law school in 2017. He is currently writing his master thesis in order to obtain his master in law. After taking part in associative work in his university by helping students in their legal conflicts or as a member of the student law association, he decided to invest some of his time towards human rights issues. Little by little and after a few meetings with the Vivere team, he decided to involve himself in the association activities.

Josiane Grimbühler


function : Treasurer

Originally from La Brévine, then by marriage, from Clos du Doubs (JU). I attended my classes at La Chaux-de-Fonds, where I lived for 32 years. I did an accelerated apprenticeship as a secretary at Ecole Bénédicte and worked for a lawyer and notary for ten years, before having my two children. At Christmas 1983, we settled with my family in Prilly. I found a part-time job at the Prilly Social Security Department as of 01.04.1984. A position I left 32 years later to retire.