Chair, Switzerland

Hello! My name is Eric and I’m the chair of the Switzerland chapter of Democrats Abroad. 

I ran for chair to build an inclusionary space in our organization for new leaders, members, and ideas. Our country and our planet clearly face a great number of existential challenges such as climate change, information crisis, sociopolitical divisions… the list goes on. I fervently believe that if we’re going to stand a lasting chance in confronting these issues, we need to reflect the diversity of opinions, personalities, and backgrounds of our membership.  

I grew up in St. Louis Missouri to a family of scientists and vote in North Carolina where I last lived prior to leaving for higher education in Europe. I have a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from ETH Zürich where I studied renewable energy – namely, artificial photosynthesis. 

Most of my time outside of research has been either leading or founding social initiatives. During my last 4 years in Switzerland, I cofounded a ‘union’ (we didn’t use this term) to represent academic staff at my research institution called the PhD and Postdoc Association at the Paul Scherrer Institute (the Swiss national laboratory where I worked) where I was also president of the 12-member board. I also cofounded and was president of the Mental Wellbeing association (MeWell) nonprofit where we advocate for mental health awareness within academia. During the last 10 years I have founded and/or was president of 6 organizations (5 in Switzerland) and have sat on 8 boards.

I am very passionate about making music and performing ‘live looping’ concerts on the electric violin. I also love to cook and creatively explore with new flavors and ingredients. In addition, I am a fiend for a good map and enjoy all things geography and history.

I am also proud to be engaged to my wonderful fiancé, Minttu, whom I have been with for over 6 years ☺

I would also love to hear from you! Send me an email at: [email protected]

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    Meet and cocktail mixer



    Join the DA France Paris Chapter for our first event of 2023, and connect with your fellow Democrats as we discuss politics, the issues and our victories in the midterms over a drink or two!

    The event is free, and drinks are available for purchase. We have the backroom reserved for our group.

    When: Wednesday, Feb. 8th, 2022 – 18:30h to 21:30h

    Where: Coq à L'Âne (28 Rue Croix des Petits Champs, 75001 Paris)

    Coq à l’Âne is located in the 1er arrondissement and is accessible via Metro lines 1, 7, 14, RER A, B, and D (stations Pyramides, Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre, or Châtelet-Les Halles).



    February 08, 2023 at 6:30pm
    Coq à L' ne
    28 Rue Croix des Petits Champs 75001 Paris
    Paris 75001
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