GLOSYA was founded by four Swiss entrepreneurs who share a common love and solid knowledge of Africa; and who are wholly convinced that it has the potential to become the continent of the future. They bring to the table a comprehensive range of expertise and experience, notably in the domains of media relations, information technology, finance and legal frameworks as well as a thorough understanding of the humanitarian dimension.
- To encourage Swiss corporations and institutions to develop their activities in Africa.
- To enable the setting up in Africa of interested companies and institutions.
- To facilitate access to Swiss markets for African companies and institutions.
Bernard spent nearly three decades in the UBS group, for the most part in senior management posts. In his capacity as head of units dedicated to client entities made up of more than 100 people and representing multi-billion financial volumes, he became increasingly convinced that the human dimension was a critical factor in the achievement of business success. Subsequently, towards the end of his banking career, he assumed responsibility for the wealth management department dealing with clients domiciled in sub-Saharan Africa. This period not only reinforced his belief that the human dimension was a vital consideration but also convinced him more than ever that the African continent would mark the future of global economic growth. This inspired him to renounce his salaried status to launch his own management and human resources consultancy. From this platform, he is active in the creation of start-ups as a founder member. Two such initiatives focus on Africa: Alparq Sarl, for which he is responsible for finance, and Glosya, which he chairs.
Through his regular meetings with such personalities, Thierry Dime has forged the impressive professional network that now constitutes a prime asset for the development of GLOSYA’s activities and outreach. In addition, thanks to his constantly creative mind and consummate ability to multitask, Thierry Dime is still able to devote part of his time to providing high-level media relations advice to leading executive decision-makers, drawn from both the public and private sectors in Switzerland and beyond (communications audits – analysis of opinions and trends – market positioning studies – communications support). He is a member of several prominent business circles and boards.
The holder of several Swiss federal professional training diplomas (CFAs), Pietro Bongiovanni began early in his career to focus on his passion for software programming. In 1996, a period of intense innovation in the field of multimedia, he established MCA (Multimedia Concept for Advertising) and from 2002 began developing a cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning software known at the time as ASP. Since then, he has built up a wide range of software, all promoted under the banner MCA Concept.
A passionate humanitarian, Pietro Bongiovanni, has forged extensive international relations aimed at promoting assistance programmes. Several projects have been developed in Europe, the former Eastern bloc and Africa. A dedicated team of upwards of fifteen persons is in place to provide him with assistance in the field as and when necessary.
Pietro Bongiovanni is active with several non-governmental organisations and associations in Switzerland, including Crelac (a business networking centre covering La Côte region of Switzerland), of which he is a founding member and current President. The aim of this group is to help entrepreneurs promote their respective companies and offer a targeted programme of conferences and other initiatives to enhance their knowledge. Based as it is on innovation, the opening of new markets and the development of wider human relations, Pietro Bongiovanni finds in Glosya a logical extension for the kind of entrepreneurial activities that have distinguished his career.