CEO & Co-Founder of GLOSYA
I am ready to discover unexpected worlds when they offer interesting perspectives; when opportunities arise, I seize them.
Glosya’s CEO, Bernard Stoessel, is first and foremost a businessman in the truest sense of the term. Pragmatic and stimulated by learning in the field, very early on he embarked on a professional career with the UBS Group, which continuously entrusted him, after his banking training, and for more than 29 years, with the responsibility for large business units.
His sparkling career, boasting exemplary linear progression, led him to senior management positions within this internationally renowned banking institution. Inspired by some of his superiors, he values and integrates managerial practices that transform complexity into clarity and permeate his approaches with a certain simplicity, focusing on effective and positive solutions.
But the dreams of independence of this musician, so passionate about notes and rhythm, have finally regained control over his professional ambitions. When he took over as head of the UBS Wealth Management Office for sub-Saharan Africa in Geneva in 2011, it was love at first sight for this continent. Africa made a natural impression in him; its spirit, its atmosphere, its light, its growth potential. But it is the extraordinary meetings of brilliant, open and generous African entrepreneurs who speak the same language as him, who share his life ambitions, that give the impetus for his entrepreneurial projects.
And so he became convinced that it the right task to do was to export to Africa the know-how and skills of an innovative, efficient Switzerland that deployed qualitative and responsible management practices. He then chose to continue his professional life in this dynamic and created Glosya. The company’s mission is based on the need for impact and is based on objective observations.
On the one hand, Africa’s very high economic potential, and on the other hand, the imperative need to create jobs in order to create a different society that will enable Africans to live and develop in their own countries. Thanks to the network he has developed in sub-Saharan Africa, he gets to meet real-life entrepreneurs who are not influenced by political games and who have a clear social, economic and political vision.
“Success is an idea that materialises and becomes a positive reality, namely an activity that pays and creates jobs”.
For Bernard Stoessel, the success of a project must have a positive influence on people’s lives. Free from any historical prejudice, he takes a fresh and spontaneous approach to African issues. He founded Glosya with the ambition of motivating and enabling the Swiss to get involved in Africa, to bring a stone to the building that will change the course of things and improve people’s living conditions, while respecting their environments.
Associated with his former colleague Pascal Schneiter, together they considered and identified their partners for the road who will lead the Glosya adventure from the front.
Without a business plan, convinced that by sharing their convictions with those around them they could spread awareness about the impact of their project, they very quickly obtained small mandates from certain United Nations agencies. They obtained their first major mandate from an EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) spin-off in 2018, which enabled them to identify the key elements of Glosya’s organisational development. They strengthened the team by recruiting for more scientific roles and quickly created a business model based on experience.
“Glosya wants to be free of too many definitions and does not impose limiting barriers on itself”.
Glosya’s CEO is talented. He has a particularly keen sensitivity in creating effective teams. He shares his vision, exchanges his opinions, joins forces with experts, trusts the teams, and targets his actions to ensure the relevance of his interventions.
Aware of the models that underlie team performance, Bernard Stoessel nevertheless wishes to give everyone the freedom to improvise.
As in music, he values the spontaneity of character, energy and passion that can be released in everyone’s interpretation.
As a true conductor, he possesses the art of coordinating instruments, totally different skills, and seeks, under a management style very sensitive to agreements, an extraordinary overall result, a positive reality for all the key players who are committed to the future of Africa, the continent of the future.
Editing: Caroline Haldemann