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 microcredit, which all should contribute to sustainable income generation.

Allocation of our contributions in % of amount disbursed in 2020
100% = 432'000 CHF

Country
  • Turkey
  • India
  • other
Target group
  • adolescents
  • children
  • women
Topic
  • education
  • life skills
  • livelihood generation / microcredit
  • community development
Type
  • project support
  • organisational support

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 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 our key persons in India and Turkey complements the knowhow of Dalyan’s Zurich team, which currently consists of 13 individuals, most of them allocating their time and knowledge on a voluntary basis.

Volunteer & Core Team Members

India

M. Chidambaranathan (Chidam) is a project manager for one of Dalyan’s NGO Partnerships and supports the Dalyan team and its partners as expert and coach, particularly on M&E and on livelihood generation programs.
Chidam is a development professional with 23 years of experience in the social sector in India, focusing on women’s livelihood generation, microfinance, institution building and monitoring and evaluation.
Chidam holds a Masters’ degree in Social Work from Bharathidasan University, Trichy. He has completed a diploma in Information and System Management from APTECH Computer Education in Bangalore and attended a short-term course on Facilitating Multi-Stakeholder Processes and Social Learning at the Centre for Development and Innovation, Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

Neha Chaturvedi is the Indian representative of Dalyan, and is based in Mumbai
Neha is a development professional with ten years of experience in the social sector and human resources and has worked with event management, investment advisory and consulting firms. Her profile primarily includes designing, budgeting, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of CSR projects in India.
Neha holds a bachelor's degree in bioinformatics and a master's degree in social work, both from Devi Ahilya University, Indore.

 

Turkey

Yeşim Yağcı Silahtar is volunteering as the Turkish representative of Dalyan and is based in Istanbul..
Yeşim 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 Yeşim worked as a senior project manager in consulting, procurement manager and IT outsourcing account manager.
Yeşim holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Bosphorus University in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

Switzerland

Adrian Nigam volunteers as project manager for one of Dalyan’s NGO Partnerships.
Adrian works with the Monterosa Group in Zurich where he is responsible for originating, structuring and executing investments. Prior to that he was involved 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.

Benjamin Hanle volunteers as project manager for one of Dalyan’s NGO partnerships. He works at the Monterosa Group as part of the investment advisory and execution team. Before joining the group, he completed his Ph.D. in Economics and Finance at the University of St. Gallen and worked in the investment team of a German Family Office. Apart from his work with Monterosa, Benjamin has been engaged in clean water projects in South Sudan and Ethiopia since 2012. Benjamin holds a B.Sc. in Economics and Finance as well an M.Sc. in Finance and M.Sc. in Real Estate.

 

Celia Inacio volunteers as the lector for all publications at Dalyan.
Celia started her career in Australia where she worked from 1991 to 1998 in the travel and tourism industry. In 1999 she joined the Hong Kong Bureau of Education’s NET Scheme and was engaged as a teacher in various government schools throughout the region. Since her relocation to Switzerland in 2008, she has been teaching both English and Portuguese in numerous organizations.
Celia holds a Cambridge Certificate in English language teaching and a Bachelor of Arts degree in tourism management and an Associate Diploma in business.

Daniela Graf volunteers as responsible person for all marketing activities at Dalyan.
Daniela has over 20 years’ experience in marketing and product management and has been involved in a broad range of marketing activities in the field of finance. 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 is responsible for all marketing activities at Monterosa Group.
Daniela holds a master’s degree in economics as well as an executive MBA.

Deepa Kuruvilla volunteers as project manager for one of Dalyan’s NGO Partnerships and advises on legal structuring of agreements.
Until 2001 Deepa worked with the Indian Army as a Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General. From 2001 on 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.
Deepa holds a professional degree in law from Mahatma Gandhi University.

Isabelle Landolt volunteers as project manager and is responsible for finances, controlling and accounting at Dalyan.
Isabelle works in the accounting team at Monterosa Group. She started her career at FCE Bank as accounting clerk and thereafterjoined Julius Baer Investment Fund Services Ltd., where she gained a deep experience in financial accounting, especially in the field of institutional funds. After the merger of Julius Baer Investment Fund Services Ltd. with GAM to form an independent asset management group, Isabelle headed its accounting team for 15 years before joining Monterosa Group.
Isabelle holds a federal diploma in finance and accounting.

Julia Nay works as an intern for Dalyan Foundation. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Social Politics at the University of Fribourg.
After obtaining her bilingual Matura, Julia has gained first work experience as a Cabin Crew Member for Swiss International Airlines. Furthermore, she has volunteered for an NGO called “SERniña” in Guatemala and attended high school as an exchange student in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Melike Sal volunteers as project manager for one of Dalyan’s NGO partnerships.
Melike works in the Corporate Team at 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 before joining the Monterosa Group.
Melike holds a degree as Expert on Business Administration, Kaderschule Zurich.

Richie Münch-Jindal volunteers as project manager for one of Dalyan’s NGO Partnerships.
Richies works at Monterosa Group and leads the sales efforts of the company’s discretionary fund offering. Richie has spent her career 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 an Investment Management Certificate (IMC) Unit 2 focusing on investment management advice.

Susanne Grossmann is Managing Director of Dalyan and Member of the Dalyan Board.
During her 10 year engagement with the Swiss Government, Susanne gained deep experience in development cooperation and private sector finance in emerging markets. From 2007-2012 she was member of BTS Investment Advisors, a private equity advisory firm in the Monterosagroup, with a focus on non-listed Indian small- and mid-sized companies. Apart from her work for Dalyan Foundation, Susanne sits on the board of the Swiss Development Finance Institution SIFEM, advises the SECO Start-up Fund, which finances young enterprises in emerging markets, and sits on the investment committee of Dreilinden GmbH in Hamburg, an impact investor with a gender focus. .
Susanne holds a master’s degree in history and economics.

Valeria Rudolf volunteers as internal communication manager for Dalyan. She works as a Management Assistant at Monterosa Group where she is responsible for the Front Desk, organizing events and supporting employees in their travels. After her vocational training in a hotel, Valeria has been working at the Front Desk of different hotels in Zurich and Berne for 4 years before joining the Monterosa Group. She holds a certificate of Business Economy HF.

Yonca Even Guggenbühl is President of the Board of Dalyan.
After working for McKinsey & Co in Zurich for over five years and establishing the McKinsey Istanbul office, Yonca co-founded MediService AG in Switzerland. This company, together with the largest health insurer in Switzerland, successfully established the first direct-mail and specialty pharmacy service in Europe. Yonca is a Director of the Monterosa Group and of Ixodes and also a Board Member of the Sunflower Foundation.
Yonca holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Zurich.

Board

Alastair Guggenbühl-Even is Vice-President of the Board of Dalyan.
Alastair is the CEO and Chairman of the Monterosa Group, which has become one of the leading independent investors in the Indian market, having expanded over the last years to most major global equity markets through funds promoted and advised by thems. Prior to this Alastair had working experience with UBS and McKinsey & Co, Zurich. Besides Alastair is in the Board of the Swiss Indian Chamber of Commerce (SICC), where he serves as President Switzerland East.
Alastair holds a law degree from the University of Zurich and an MBA from INSEAD.

Bernhard Imhasly has been Dalyan's focal point in India since its establishment and is member of the Dalyan Board.
Bernard spent several years with the Swiss foreign service, with postings to Geneva, London, Berne and New Delhi. In 1990 Bernard left government service and became South Asia correspondent for the Swiss Daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung, residing in Delhi, India. In 2007 he retired from active journalism and moved with his wife Rashna to Alibagh near Mumbai, working as an advisor to several foundations which focus on social and economic development in the region.
Bernard holds a Ph.D. from Zurich University in Linguistics and Anthropology.

Murat Even is Member of the Board of Dalyan.
After many years serving as an equity partner in one of the leading Swiss law firms- Froriep and Renggli, Murat now runs his own private and independent practice. His areas of expertise include handling complex commercial contracts, commercial disputes, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, distribution, and international law. He is also a specialist in international arbitration.
Murat was born in Istanbul and holds a law degree from the University of Zurich.

Susanne Grossmann is Managing Director of Dalyan and Member of the Dalyan Board.
During her 10 year engagement with the Swiss Government, Susanne gained deep experience in development cooperation and private sector finance in emerging markets. From 2007-2012 she was member of BTS Investment Advisors, a private equity advisory firm in the Monterosagroup, with a focus on non-listed Indian small- and mid-sized companies. Apart from her work for Dalyan Foundation, Susanne sits on the board of the Swiss Development Finance Institution SIFEM, advises the SECO Start-up Fund, which finances young enterprises in emerging markets, and sits on the investment committee of Dreilinden GmbH in Hamburg, an impact investor with a gender focus. .
Susanne holds a master’s degree in history and economics.

Yonca Even Guggenbühl is President of the Board of Dalyan.
After working for McKinsey & Co in Zurich for over five years and establishing the McKinsey Istanbul office, Yonca co-founded MediService AG in Switzerland. This company, together with the largest health insurer in Switzerland, successfully established the first direct-mail and specialty pharmacy service in Europe. Yonca is a Director of the Monterosa Group and of Ixodes and also a Board Member of the Sunflower Foundation.
Yonca holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Zurich.

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Greetings from Dalyan Team for Annual Report 2019