About us

Vision and strategic focus

Being small we like to focus

Dalyan was established in 2008 with the vision of enhancing the personal and economic well-being of women, adolescents and children from underprivileged backgrounds and  improving their prospects to move towards a life of dignity. Our thematic focus is on education and livelihood generation.

To reach this goal we support NGOs that are engaged in the Dalyan themes and want to improve outreach and quality of their projects, but also to strengthen their own organisation and financial self-sufficiency.

Dalyan concentrates its activities on India and Turkey; regions where the founders have set up their long-term professional activities and have established personal networks.

'Dalyan' is a Turkish word and describes a man-made fishing weir, set up where the fresh water of a river meets and mixes with the salt water of the sea and which is inhabited by fish comfortable in both types of water.

For us, Dalyan represents the constant flow, mix and cross fertilisation of resources, funds, cultures, ideas, skills and opportunities with the aim to reduce disparities in this world.

 

Whom we support

Women, adolescents and children as changemakers in society

We finance and support NGOs and their programs in the area of education and empowerment of women, adolescents and children from underprivileged backgrounds in India and in Turkey.

For children and adolescents, we focus on programs that improve and/or complement public education, skill-building and vocational training programs, as well as mentoring programs to improve their resilience, life skills and chances to earn a decent living.

For women, our key focus is economic and social empowerment through skill-building programs, business/ enterprise development and microfinance, which all should contribute to sustainable income generation.

Allocation of our contributions in % of amount disbursed in 2018
100% = 358'000 CHF

Country
  • India
  • Turkey
  • other
Target group
  • adolescents
  • children
  • women
  • several
Topic
  • education
  • life skills
  • livelihood generation / mikrolending
  • community development
Type
  • project support
  • organisation building

How we support

We believe in building strong organisations

We give financial and non-financial support to our partner NGO’s programs as well as their organisational development.

We typically engage with our NGO partners for three to five years. Our experience indicates that this is the minimal necessary timeframe to achieve the targeted outcomes for their beneficiaries and to make their own organisation more sustainable.

As a granting partner, we seek to be actively involved and provide support or guidance to our partners, with a focus on subjects such as fund-raising, income generation, financial administration, improving management capacity, reporting standards or communication. We draw on internal and external capacities from our network to achieve this. We consider our NGOs as partners and believe in an open sharing of opinions and learnings.

What we look for

Cooperating for a joint learning process

We engage with and support NGO Partners who are active in the geographies and subjects we focus on and who:

  • Are neutral towards race, religion and caste
  • Have a clear commitment to respect human rights, local environmental and social standards and laws
  • Have the ability and desire to grow, learn and co-operate to increase impact and create overall sustainability
  • Have a strong management team and/or have the ability and readiness of the Founder, CEO and Board to build a strong team
  • Strive for transparency, financial competence and regular reporting
  • Are ready to regularly measure performance and impact

We approach possible partners for our support schemes directly; unsolicited applications are not processed.

Our Organisation

Uniting skills to go further

The Dalyan team builds on the complementary skillsets and networks of volunteers and partners in India, Turkey and Switzerland. The field experience of Bernard Imhasly and Yeşim YağcıSilahtar – our key persons in India and Turkey – complements the knowhow of Dalyan’s Zurich team, which currently consists of 19 individuals, most of them allocating their time and knowledge on a voluntary basis.

Volunteer & Core Team Members

Adrian Nigam works with the Monterosa Group in Zurich where he is responsible for originating, structuring and executing investments. Prior to joining the Monterosa Group and volunteering with the Dalyan Foundation, Adrian worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs in London and private equity at a commodities firm in Zug.

Adrian holds a BA (Hons) law degree from the University of Nottingham and completed Mineral Project Financing & Appraisal courses at the school of professional development at Imperial College.

Alexandre Pittet is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Banking & Finance at the University of St. Gallen. He is working as a research & transaction assistant at the Monterosa Group and has prior experiences working in the watch and recruitment industries.

Parallel to his professional career, he is a member of the Swiss national team in fencing and has participated in the World Championships, European Championships and World University Games.

Bernhard Imhasly from Sierre (Valais, Switzerland) holds a Ph.D. from Zurich University in Linguistics and Anthropology. He taught there between 1972 and 1978, after which he joined the Swiss foreign service, with postings to Geneva, London, Berne and New Delhi, specialising in economic affairs. In 1990 he left government service and became South Asia correspondent for the Swiss Daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung, residing in Delhi, India. After 17 years he retired from active journalism in 2007. He lives with his wife Rashna in Alibagh near Mumbai, working as an advisor to several foundations whose activities focus on social and economic development in the region.

Celia Inacio holds a Cambridge Certificate in English language teaching and has been working in this capacity for the past 14 years. In 1999 she joined the Hong Kong Bureau of Education’s NET Scheme and worked in various government schools throughout the region. This scheme aims to support and strengthen English language learning and teaching in Hong Kong. Since relocating to Switzerland in 2008, she has been teaching both English and Portuguese in numerous organizations. Celia also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in tourism management and an Associate Diploma in business and worked in Australia from 1991 to 1998 in the travel and tourism industry.

Dalya Oberholzer works in the IT team at the Monterosa Group and is responsible for the IT environment. She is a very technical IT Supporter and has terrific troubleshooting and good interpersonal skills to assist customers with computer issues. Dalya has gained a thorough knowledge of computer hardware and software applications.
She has several Microsoft certifications in Computer Information Systems and eight years of experience working as an IT Specialist.

Daniela Graf has over 20 years’ experience in marketing and product management. She has been involved in a broad range of marketing activities in the field of finance, especially private equity and real estate funds. She previously worked for an international IT company, where she was responsible for a main product line and, later on, for strategic planning projects. Since 2009, Daniela has been working for BTS/Monterosa Group with a focus on marketing activities. She holds a master’s degree in economics as well as an executive MBA.

Deepa Kuruvilla holds a professional degree in law from Mahatma Gandhi University. Until 2001 she worked with the Indian Army as a Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General. From 2001 she was a practising Lawyer at Mumbai High Court / legal retainer for various Indian/international corporations and governmental organizations with a special focus on the financial services industry.

Isabelle Landolt works in the accounting team at Monterosa Group. She started her career at FCE Bank as accounting clerk. Subsequently she joined Julius Baer Investment Fund Services Ltd., where she gained a deep experience in financial accounting, especially in the field of institutional funds.  In 2009 the company separated from Bank Julius Baer Group to form together with  GAM an independent asset management group. Isabelle worked overall 15 years for the company, heading the accounting team before joining Monterosa Group. Isabelle holds a federal diploma in finance and accounting.

Luana Nava is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Zurich.
She has gained prior experience as volunteer at “Iras Cotis”, supporting their campaigns and engagement for the dialogue between representatives of different religions and cultures as well as doing community service in Argentina for 6 months. She is a freelance journalist for “Forum” and is voluntarily engaged in the project “Wegbegleitung” in Uster, accompanying teenagers with migration background. Luana enjoys travelling, reading, movies and music.

M. Chidambaranathan is a development professional with 23 years of experience in the social sector, focusing on women’s livelihood generation, microfinance, institution building and monitoring and evaluation in India.

Marcello Sathya Cassanelli is part of the Business Development team of Monterosa Group and he is responsible for originating, structuring and executing investments in the EMEA region. He joined Monterosa in 2017 and is based in Zurich.

Prior to Monterosa, he spent 5 years in the Capital Markets Division of the London Stock Exchange in London and 2 years in the Distressed Credit Fund Intrum in Zug. Marcello received his University Degree in Economics and his MSc in Finance from Bocconi University in Milan. He also attended corporate finance courses at Schulich School of Business - York University in Toronto. Marcello is fluent in Italian, English and Spanish.

Melike Sal works in the Corporate Team at the BTS / Monterosa Group. She started her professional life as an Associate Director for a major bank. After eight years she switched to working as a Wealth Planner. Melike holds the degree Expert on Business Administration, Kaderschule Zurich.

Michael Eric Widmer is a Director of the Monterosa Group and has over 25 years of investment management experience. In 1996, he founded his own company which is focused on institutional investment management and private banking.
After studies in Zurich and St. Gallen, Michael worked for several different Swiss banks in leading positions, responsible for investment management and asset management with institutional and large private clients. He gained extensive international banking experience in various foreign country assignments in Asia, the US and Europe. Before founding his own company he was Executive Vice President and member of the management team of a renowned Swiss Private Bank

Patrick Prinz works in Business Development at the Monterosa Group and is responsible for the European market, where he supports clients in designing sustainable and compliant cross-border investment solutions.

His background is in Investment Banking with a Bulge Bracket bank and in Strategy Consulting. Patrick is a CFA charter holder and graduated with an MSc in Banking and Finance and a BSc in International Business Administration.

Richie Münch-Jindal is a member of the Relationship Management team of Monterosa and leads the sales efforts of the company’s discretionary fund offering.Richie has spent last 15 years in sales, marketing and business development functions within the asset management industry. Previous to Monterosa, she worked for Credit Suisse Asset Management and AIG Investments based in Zurich.

Richie holds a Post Graduate degree in CAAD, Architecture from ETH, Zurich and the UK-based Investment Management Certificate (IMC) Unit 2 focusing on investment management advice.Richie grew up in India and is now a dual national of Switzerland and India.

Susanne Grossmann holds a master’s degree in history and economics. Until 2004 she worked with the Swiss Government, with a focus on finance for small and medium sized companies in developing countries. From 2004-2007 she was a member of the management team of the Swiss Organization for Facilitating Investments assisting Swiss SMEs investing in emerging markets, with a focus on China and South East Asia. Since 2007 she has been working for BTS Investment Advisors with a focus on fundraising and investor relations, business development for the portfolio companies and implementing BTS’s environmental and social standards.

Yeşim Yağcı Silahtar holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Bosphorus University in Istanbul, Turkey. She started her professional life as a programmer at a major local bank. After two years she switched to technical support in various multinational IT companies, steering her career towards project and people management. In her 17 years in HP Turkey she worked as a senior project manager in consulting, procurement manager and IT outsourcing account manager. Yeşim has been engaged in Dalyan as a volunteer since establishment and is supporting our Projects in Turkey.

Yi-Kwan Teoh joined Monterosa Group in 2013 and works in the Group Legal and Compliance department.  Yi-Kwan began her career as a finance lawyer in private practice in Australia and subsequently held in-house and commercial roles with global asset managers based in Switzerland and Singapore, specialising in investment funds, investment structuring and financing.
Yi-Kwan graduated from the University of Sydney, Australia with Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degrees.

Yonca Even Guggenbühl holds a master's degree in business administration from Zurich University. After working for McKinsey & Co in Zurich for over five years and establishing the McKinsey Istanbul office, she co-founded MediService AG in Switzerland. This company, together with the largest health insurer in Switzerland, successfully established the first direct-mail pharmacy service in Europe.

Board

Vice President

Alastair Guggenbühl-Even is the CEO and Chairman of the Monterosa/BTS Group, which is specialized in financial advisory services for the Indian Market. Alastair has a law degree from the University of Zurich and an MBA from INSEAD. Prior working experience was with UBS and McKinsey & Co, Zurich. Besides his involvement in private equity activity he has also established a number of investment funds targeting the Indian stock market with currently about USD 5 billion in assets under management.

Member

Bernhard Imhasly from Sierre (Valais, Switzerland) holds a Ph.D. from Zurich University in Linguistics and Anthropology. He taught there between 1972 and 1978, after which he joined the Swiss foreign service, with postings to Geneva, London, Berne and New Delhi, specialising in economic affairs. In 1990 he left government service and became South Asia correspondent for the Swiss Daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung, residing in Delhi, India. After 17 years he retired from active journalism in 2007. He lives with his wife Rashna in Alibagh near Mumbai, working as an advisor to several foundations whose activities focus on social and economic development in the region.

Member

Murat Even was born in Istanbul and holds a law degree from the University of Zurich. After many years with one of the leading Swiss law firms, Murat now runs his own private and independent practice.

Member & Managing Director

Susanne Grossmann holds a master’s degree in history and economics. Until 2004 she worked with the Swiss Government, with a focus on finance for small and medium sized companies in developing countries. From 2004-2007 she was a member of the management team of the Swiss Organization for Facilitating Investments assisting Swiss SMEs investing in emerging markets, with a focus on China and South East Asia. Since 2007 she has been working for BTS Investment Advisors with a focus on fundraising and investor relations, business development for the portfolio companies and implementing BTS’s environmental and social standards.

President

After working for McKinsey & Co in Zurich for over five years and establishing the McKinsey Istanbul office, she co-founded MediService AG in Switzerland. This company, together with the largest health insurer in Switzerland, successfully established the first direct-mail pharmacy service in Europe.