Lizan has been moderating, speaking, educating and uniting people in her signature fun, competent and authentic style for almost a decade. She dreams of using her talents to help bring about a brighter future for the world.
Lizan realized early on the potential that startups and entrepreneurship can have on making real lasting change in the world. She is passionate about supporting organizations that create jobs and raise the quality of life for all people through the power of innovation, sustainability, and technology.
Currently, she leads the business development of Kickstart Accelerator, an enterprise that focuses on partnerships between later stage deep tech startups and cities, universities, private corporations, and institutions. She also served as project lead for the strategy and development of UpLink, the World Economic Forum global platform for startup initiatives. This role involved working closely with the Managing Board as well as the Executive Chairman. Lizan is also part of the Global Shapers, the youth organization of the World Economic Forum that aims to drive dialogue, discussion, and action towards change.
Lizan co-founded and headed Impact Hub in the Philippines, a startup incubator, innovation center, and co-working space where she also made her mark as part of its global strategy group. Impact Hub is one of the world’s largest entrepreneurial communities, with over 17,000 members in over 101 different locations all over the globe.
The former banker (Credit Suisse) and beauty queen (Miss Earth Switzerland) also holds a Bachelor in Business Administration and International Management.
While in pursuit of her life work, Lizan has traveled all over the world. She is a gifted polyglot, speaking fluent English, German, Swiss-German, French and Filipino. She was born in the Philippines, grew up in Bern, lived in the Philippines and Switzerland and is now based in Zurich with her lovely little daughter and soon to be husband.