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Zoom In: Stéphanie Labité

As head of the Swiss Business Hub of Southern Africa (SBHSA), Stéphanie Labité is the first point of contact for Swiss companies looking to expand their business activities in sub-Saharan Africa. In this interview, the graduate of the CAS Foreign Affairs and Applied Diplomacy at the ZHAW gives us an insight into her life between diplomacy and business development in Africa.

"The 'dance steps' on the international diplomatic stage can certainly be learned, especially if you follow the principle of learning by doing'. In this context, I remember my CAS classes, which formed an essential basis for my practical experience. This program proved to be the ideal preparation for the challenges of dealing with countries that exert a strong influence on the economic sector."


Stéphanie Labité completed the CAS Foreign Affairs and Applied Diplomacy at the ZHAW School of Management and Law. After working on different continents and between business and diplomacy, her impressive and varied educational and career path has now led her to the head of the SBHSA, which represents Swiss interests in business development in southern Africa. In the latest Zoom In interview, Stéphanie talks about the diversity of her tasks and what it means to be a woman in the diplomatic arena.