TechLabs is a wholly owned, Basel, Switzerland based subsidiary of The English Media Networks (TEMN). TechLabs mission is to deliver a fun, engaging, and educational experience that jump-starts young people’s and adults’ understanding of technology.
Meet the team
Joel Radvanyi – Founder/Instructor
Joel started TechLabs in January, 2016 to pursue his interest in helping to develop the next generation of computer and programming savvy kids. Joel brings over 20 years of professional experience with programming, data science and institutional-scale technology solutions. He holds a Masters of Business Administration Degree from NYU’s Stern School of Business (1996) in Finance and Statistics, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rutgers University in History and Political Science (1991).
Josef Wiesholzer – Instructor
Josef has worked with kids and adolescents around the world, teaching in a high school in Peru, leading wilderness programs in the Canadian mountains and showing Japanese school kids how to ski. Back in his homeland the Alps, he helps TechLabs to make tomorrow’s education a reality today. He likes to share his fascination for technology and holds a BA in Social Work and a MSc in Neuroscience and Education.
Ana Laura Rivarola – Instructor
Ana is a professional photographer, and has been working with multicultural children in Latin America, Asia and Europe. She has a four-year degree from university in Paraguay in Public Relations and Popular Education. She has been successfully integrating her knowledge of languages and interest in technology, photography and education as an instructor in the TechLabs program.
Enrique Callirgos – Regional Operations Director / Suisse Romande
Enrique is an educator from Spain who has worked with children and youth for over 15 years. Enrique’s parents were both professional programmers and sparked his interest in computers and coding at an early age. Prior to joining the TechLabs team, Enrique was working as a programmer for five years at IMS health developing CRM tools. He has combined both his passion for teaching and technology during his career, and is an experienced manager of teams, instructors and educators.
Katie Green – Instructor / Curriculum Development
Katie has been excited about STEAM education since her first high school job at an interactive science museum. After learning to code while studying psychology and developmental cognitive science, Katie spent her post-college years in neuroimaging research. There, she found a passion for computational data analysis and has since worked in the field at a startup incubator, a healthcare services company, and in the pharmaceutical industry. She’s currently continuing her education in Psychosoziale Beratung at the Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz.
Deanna Iobbi – Operations & Content Director
Deanna has a masters degree in Mechanical Design Engineering and over 15 years industry experience where she specialized in harmonizing aesthetic design with human interface and technical function to develop new and exciting products. She brings her technical expertise in product design and passion for STEM to develop course content, organizational capability, and inspire the next generation of engineers.
Thomas Koch – Instructor
Tom started working with TechLabs in September, 2016 to train the next generation of computer and programming savvy kids. Tom brings over 25 years of professional experience with programming, data services and teaching on primary and secondary school level. He has studied business economics at HWS Basel, methods & didactics at EHB Bern and is an ECDL examiner.
Miles Prinzen – Instructor
Miles has been tinkering with computers from a young age, always fascinated to pick up new tech-related knowledge. Growing up in Melbourne, he scored in the top 2% for VCE Software Development before returning to his home town of Basel in 2014. Miles is currently reading for a Bachelor of Physics at the Universität Basel, continuing to study programming as a part of his degree.
Christopher Wachtler – Instructor
Chris grew up bilingually (German and English) in Basel. Since a young age he’s had an avid interest in technology which carried on into adulthood. Currently he’s reading for a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and History, specializing in Digital Humanities (digitalisation of sources in History, map making and statistics in Geography) at the University of Basel. Chris has been an instructor at TechLabs since Autumn 2016 and previously worked as an intern at a bilingual school.
Alice Fournier – Instructor
Victoria Wotherspoon – Instructor
Victoria is an experienced teacher who has taught children in primary and secondary schools in the UK, Japan and Switzerland. She has recently completed a Diploma in Strategic Social Media Marketing and is exploring the possibilities offered by new technologies to support children and parents with their learning.
Jacob Dixon – Instructor
Jacob began working with TechLabs in the Spring of 2016. He also works as an English teacher at two bilingual schools in Basel and is currently finishing up his graduate studies in mathematics. Jacob is also in his 15th year as an industry recognized radio broadcast personality.
Laurent Naegelen – Instructor
Laurent is a former mechanical engineer graduated from PolyTech Nancy in France. He has over twenty years of STEM teaching experience in the French public school system. Crazy 3D printing nerd, he loves the way good design can change a life. Big NBA fan, he likes the Spurs motto: Team before individual! Same with engineering process!
Dina Saber – Instructor
Dina has been tutoring young students in different languages since high school. Currently, she is pursuing a BSc in Economics and Management at the University of Geneva. Joined techlabs to combine her passion for teaching and discovering new technologies.
Hadrien Oppikofer – Instructor
Born in Geneva, lieutenant in the Swiss Army (hospital soldier), student at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland studying business technology. Since he was a child, he has always wanted to share his knowledge with others. This attitude inspired him first to be an instructor in the army, then, to be a mentor for children who have lost motivation in school, and of course to be a very happy Techlabs’ Instructor.
Faysal Saber – Instructor
Graduated in 2014 with a double BSc degree in Electrical Engineering and Communications from Loughborough University (UK) and The British University in Egypt with First Class Honours. Upon graduation, Worked for 3 years as Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Engineering. Currently, continuing his studies in the domain of Computer Science at the University of Geneva. Joined TechLabs in 2018, he has been teaching STEM subjects to different age groups for the past 5 years.