Gaëtan Bidaud
Research Associate
After obtaining his master’s degree in Economics in Switzerland and in Finland, Gaëtan first worked for the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Canton of Fribourg in Switzerland, mostly supporting the Head Economics Advisor of the politician in charge of the department. Then he worked as Communication Manager for the Unemployment Service of the Canton of Fribourg. With the aim of diversifying his work experience, he took up the opportunity to be a teacher. He has been teaching many topics to different age groups of students, ranging from Economics to high school students and Mathematics and French to young Eritrean refugees in Switzerland. Additionally, as travelling and exploring the world is a deep passion of his, he had the chance to volunteer and teach English to women and children in both India and Cambodia. While teaching, he also worked as a consultant on SME development for micro-enterprises based in Switzerland. This allowed him to build strong knowledge of the challenges faced by micro-entrepreneurs and a good understanding of the best way to lead them to independence and success. More recently, he also successfully completed university courses in Law in order to further his education and strengthen his skills. At Advance Afrika, Gaëtan supports the organisation regarding its entrepreneurship programme by providing technical advice and deepening the knowledge of the staff. He is involved in monitoring and evaluation to help Advance Afrika get a better understanding of the efficiency of its projects and improve its work. Gaëtan is also strengthening the capacity of the staff by working on improving their working skills, from planning to information technology.