SWISS ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

For an ethical and sustainable global health & a better life for all

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The team 

SAM comprises an international pool of experts in natural medicine and sustainable health program

Shima Sazegari, CEO and Aevissa group co-founder

Graduated from the faculty of pharmacy at the University of Geneva, Shima Sazegari has been working as a pharmacist and integrative medicine consultant for more than 25 years in Geneva. During all these years, she has been interested and committed to the development of natural medicine in Switzerland and in Europe. Her area of interest and expertise stems from her years of practice and continues training with internationally recognized experts in various aspects of medicine such as functional medicine, homeopathy adapted to the vital sensation, herbal medicine in its expanded pharmaceutical application specially flower essences. Benefiting from her extensive experience and the desire to share her know-how and knowledge acquired during these long years, Shima Sazegari has developed a new concept of integrative medicine for health professionals.

Mitra Vaziri Zaim, SAM’s Education Program Consultant & Training Executive of WHIS Switzerland


Mitra Vaziri Zaim holds a strong background in the field of education and management, especially with children. Her management skills as well as many years of experience in training and teaching, combined with her interpersonal and self-driven networking skills, make her an experienced expert in communication and transmission of different educational programs. Mitra had been an active member of “Ecole de Danse Classique de Genève” for more than 15 years and had contributed to their public performance. Being trained on orchid essences brings added-value in her activities and approach to children. Mitra is in charge of SAM’s children and adult education program in collaboration with World Health Innovation Summit (WHIS) such as WHISKids, WHIS@work, etc.

Ali J. Pouya, Aevissa group co-founder, Financial & Sustainable Development Lead


Dr. Ali J.Pouya is an economist and sustainable development activist. He is the President of Swiss Iranian Investment Forum (SIIF) based in Geneva as well as SDS groups. He has been engaged in “Global Initiative for responsible Investment” for promoting sustainable and responsible investment in Iran’s health, transportation, environmental, financial and other related and necessary sectors based on global finding about economic, social and environmental situation in Iran. He is one of the key actors for implementing United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Iran and a co-fonder of Aevissa group, a SAM partner.

Sirous Cheriki, Aevissa group co-founder and Medical Adviser


Dr. Sirous Cheriki is a medical expert and a paediatrician, as well as paediatric cardiologist living in Shiraz, Iran. He is also the former head of Red Crescent education centre for the southern Iranian Fars Province. He is dedicated to traditional Persian Medicine (TPM) and health prevention and engaged with the UN sustainable health programs. Dr. Cheriki is a member of the Board of Trustee of Swiss Iranian Investment Forum (SIIF) and a co-founder of Aevissa group, a SAM partner.

Layza Motola Dupuis, Marketing & Event Advisory 

Graduated from hospitality management, Hotel Institute of Montreux, Switzerland Layza is a successful commercial executive well versed in intercultural business communication & practices, as well as work ethics combining Swiss discipline and education with oriental mind-set and cultures. She became at a young age the Country Manager of a South African leading paper company in charge of the Turkish market and successfully managed the local sales office for 13 years with a wide range of responsibilities in complex and competitive environments. In her field of activities, she fulfilled market intelligence, customer relationships, operational sales management, office management and strategic contribution tasks. Layza is currently an MBA candidate for International Organizations at the University of Geneva, Geneva School of Economics and Management, GSEM.

Foteini Karampela, Communication, Publishing & Media Representative

Studied Data Science for Business Analytics in the Athens University of Economics and Business, she holds an Advanced Certificate in Corporate Finance from the University of Geneva as well as a Diploma of Communications and Social Media. She is a candidate for the Master Program in the field of International Relations and Diplomacy in the University of Geneva, as of October 2019. Foteini has multiple years of experience within the communications field, having held roles with the multinational company Allianz as well as in the Communication Department of International Organization of World Council of Churches, and the participation as a Communication Representative at Conferences and Charity Events under the United Nations frame of Geneva. Her self-driven networking skills combined with the expertise in International Communications, publications, planning and implementing International conferences, enhance her abilities to perform successfully. Foteini is also involved in implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and has developed multiple streams of activities on the UN Sustainable Development 2030 objectives successfully.