Team member (2012 – current)
Michèle is a founding partner, a passionate woman with impeccable vision for management and project development, who still finds time to be an advocate of human health and environmental conservation. Born and raised in land-locked Switzerland, she grew up terrified of water following an incident during a swimming lesson at the tender age of four. Many years later, like many others, Michèle discovered breath-hold diving through the movie Le Grand Bleu, though it left her with feelings of panic. In 2002, after her first visit to the Big Island of Hawaii, she felt the need to face her fears and thus began her journey, which meant she first had to learn to swim. Since that time, she has dove off shore in the company of sharks and manta rays. Although she was a judge for AIDA Intl freediving competition for several years, she favors recreational freediving as a tool to connect with the underwater world. A nature lover since always, she became actively involved in ocean conservation by raising funds and organizing expeditions in support of scientific research and documentary filming. Michèle holds a BSc (’97 Hon) in Biology from the University of Waterloo, Canada.