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Leila is the Director of Alumni Relations at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland, coming back to her Alma Mater in 2017 to manage a thriving global community of over 40’000 engineers and architects.
After graduating in chemical engineering from EPFL in 1994, she started her career in marketing with L’Oréal, successfully launching the L’Oréal Make up brand then taking on the Marketing Director role for Lancôme in Switzerland.
After her MBA at INSEAD in 2001, she joined Firmenich, a leading flavor & fragrance company. There, she took on different regional and global roles in innovation and business development, leading cross-functional teams, global categories and innovation portfolios in food and natural ingredients.
During her MBA at INSEAD, she realized the importance and the power of networks and engaged as a volunteer in the Swiss Alumni Association where she became Regional President. This experience inspired her to transition to the Higher Education sector to bring impact and contribute to making Alumni Relations and Advancement a priority within her Alma Mater.
CASE has been an incredible source of support and encounters in this chapter of her life and the reason to engage as a volunteer. She is now the Chair of the Continental Europe District on a mission to support CASE grow its impact in this high-growth region.