The Lausanne Guide Contributors

The Lausanne Guide Contributors


Events & Lifestyle

Valentina moved to Lausanne in 2016 after a work experience in Wales and quickly fell in love with this city and its views. She’s a Scientist at CHUV, involved in the development of new immunotherapies for cancer treatment.
In her spare time, she hikes, goes for long walks in Lavaux, and being Italian will never say no to a glass of wine with friends.


Arts, Culture & Sport

As a discerning New Yorker, it is no surprise that Vernon would at least have to settle in Monocle’s Best Small City. An art dealer for the past  11 years, he is regularly out on the town checking vernissages, artist studios and of course the latest spots. Otherwise as an aspiring triathlete you can catch him for an espresso before hitting the roads and trails of the region.


Food, Drinks, & Culture

Matt is an Australian who jumped at the chance to live in the land of chocolate, mountains and on-time trains when his partner was offered a job in Switzerland. Two years on from a jetlagged stroll to Ouchy after 30 hours in transit from Sydney, he’s still discovering new things to love about Lausanne. During the week, Matt writes for a biotech startup. On the weekend he roams the streets in search of the best rosti in Vaud.



Originating from Yorkshire, Nicola (Nix) landed in Lausanne in 2010 thinking it would be for a couple of years. After falling in love with Lavaux (and the rest of Switzerland), building a community of friends, and discovering the endless opportunities to get outside, she adopted Lausanne as her home. She works in HR for a humanitarian organisation and spends the rest of her time delighting in the adventures that life has to offer.



Originally from Poland, Jagoda studied photography & film in Scotland until she got fed up with the rain. She then moved to Switzerland in 2014 and earned an MA in Art Direction at ECAL in Lausanne. She is a full-time independent photographer, maneuvering between personal and commissioned projects. She loves photographing people, perusing photo publications and collecting photobooks. She learned to ski at the age of 30, and enjoys spending her free time outside, rock climbing, hiking & traveling in her van.


Design & Culture

Clara is from California and grew up in Florence, Italy. After completing a BA and MA in the US, she returned to Europe. While living in Paris and managing private collections of contemporary art, she met a Frenchman and followed him to Switzerland. Wife of one (the aforementioned Frenchman) and mother of two, she has been happy to call Lausanne her home for over a decade, and never plans on leaving. Clara is a journalist and event coordinator for the home interiors magazine Espaces contemporains.


Adventure & Culture

A long time inhabitant of Lausanne, Marc is originally from Finland and lived in several other European countries prior to finding this small paradise. Working mainly in the startup ecosystem, he also conducts in-person workshops in Lausanne. Curious about the hidden treasures of the Lemanic region, drawn to the mountains and a geek for history, he enjoys discovering the natural wonders that this area offers.



Hayley is originally from the UK, now living in Lausanne. She’s a mother of three boys and a seasoned photographer with a long history of capturing people and stories. She fell in love with photography after the birth of her first child, so much so that she left her career as a scientist to take on photography full-time.  When she’s not behind the lens, you’ll find Hayley out running along the lake, exploring pockets of nature with her family, or out with friends discovering new spots in and around Lausanne.