President - Steven Antalics

Steven Antalics has a degree in English literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. As a student, he placed in a succession of poetry competitions, won a prize for technical communication, and served as the Business Director, interim Project Manager, and Media Relations Lead for the U-M Solar Car Team. His career includes a stint moonlighting as a freelance journalist for The Holland Times, where he also published chapters in two flash-fiction novellas. His private-sector career has been in commodities trading and shipping, and he now works in IT in the same sector. He’s resided in France and worked in Geneva since 2013, and he is currently working on a nonfiction book about the shipping industry as well as a novel.

Treasurer - Caroline Thonger

Caroline Thonger’s The Banker’s Daughter was published in the UK in 2007, the year before she emigrated to Switzerland. She worked as Chief Ed of Hello Switzerland for over 3 years, contributing many articles on Swiss life; and was also Chief Ed for the GWG’s Offshoots 13 as well as managing editor for Offshoots 15. A freelance translator and editor, she is currently negotiating the publication of the memoir-in-flash co-written with her sister (living in New Zealand), and finds writing inspiration on long hikes on vineyard and mountain trails in the Haut Valais.

Christine Breede-Schechter

Christine is a fiction writer and graduate from Columbia University in Speech-Language Pathology, who divides her time between Geneva, Berlin, and New York City. Writing keeps her rooted. Her work has earned her third prize in Glimmer Train’s 2014 Fiction Open contest and numerous honorable mentions. She is currently working on her first novel. She is an active member of the Geneva Writers Group and the International Women’s Writers Guild.

Ximena Escobar de Nogales

Ximena's career spans over 25 years across the public, private and non-profit sectors. She initially trained as an economist in Colombia and at Georgetown University in Washington DC. Later she completed a masters in international trade and an MBA, both in Geneva. She co-authored Impact Investment: A Practical Guide to Investment Process and Social Impact Analysis. More recently she has discovered a passion for creative writing. Ximena has three adult children and in her free time volunteers as a language teacher in prison and for a restaurant with a social cause.

Quade Hermann

Quade Hermann has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, where she was an associate editor for Prism International. Her fiction and non-fiction has been published in Diviners, Roots Literary Journal, Mix Magazine, THIS Magazine, Geist, Utne Reader, Alternatives Journal, and an anthology by Arsenal Pulp Press. She was a journalist, scriptwriter and editor at CBC/Radio Canada for 10 years and has produced radio documentaries and written for several newspapers. She’s now a communications specialist for international organizations. 

Executive Secretary -- Sue Wells

Originally from the UK, Sue has lived in Switzerland for over thirty years. It is where her four adult children were born and raised. She has a PhD in life sciences, and worked in scientific writing and communications for a not-for-profit drug R&D organisation in Geneva. Post-work she made the switch to writing creatively, and had fun being a student again on the MA in Writing course at the University of Warwick. She enjoys travelling and hiking, and her love of nature is evident in her poetry and prose.

Rosalind Yarde

Rosalind is a former journalist and broadcaster, she wrote for local and national newspapers in London, including the Guardian and the Times Higher Education Supplement. She was a scriptwriter, producer and broadcaster at the BBC World Service for 16 years, then headed a BBC humanitarian radio project in Darfur, Sudan, from 2006-2008. Rosalind lived in Tanzania from 2008-2011, where she set up a media consultancy business. She moved to Geneva in 2011, where she is Chief of News and Media at the International Labour Organization. She writes fiction and completed her first novel last year.

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