Graduation Speaker June 2015
A native of the North, Kaisa has firmly Finnish roots with sauna and strong coffee flowing through her veins, and a tendency to roam. She grew up all over Europe – in Finland for a while, then in Sweden, Belgium and later in Finland again – landing in Switzerland when she was 16.
ZIS was her community for the two formative years she spent there. She graduated in 2002 with one of the first IB Diplomas ever handed out to a ZIS student, as well as an amazing, close-knit group of friends. When her restless heart beckoned again, she moved to London to study at the London School of Economics and Political Science, graduating with a masters degree in international relations and history in 2007.
Since returning to Switzerland in 2009, she has worked in the international affairs and digital media industries, first at the ETH and now at EF Education First. In 2012–13 Kasia and her husband took a detour from the usual path towards career security and family, and spent six months volunteering at a school for street children in Tanzania. In addition to a bit of rudimentary Swahili, she picked up an open mind, heart and a deep-seated belief in the resilience of people and the humanity we all share.