Helene Aecherli

About me


I am a Swiss-Swedish journalist and editor with an in-depth expertise in socio-political developments in countries of the Middle East. After my studies of English language and literature as well as Scandinavian languages and literatures at the University of Zurich and in the United States, I started my journalistic career at a local newspaper and then soon moved on to national weekly papers and magazines.

So far, my work as taken me - among others - to Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, the Gulf States, Afghanistan and to Yemen. But I have also sat with female whalers in Utqavik, northern Alaska, have been to the US Naval Station Guantanamo, researched the sex purchase ban in Sweden and dived into issues of equality and diversity policies in Switzerland. Regardless of the subject or the geographic location I am at, I strongly aim at seeing the bigger picture while getting in depth of the details - and meet people at eye level. Always.

In addition to my journalistic work, my portfolio includes:

Moderations

I lead panel discussions - live or as hybrid events - in German and English on social and economic topics.

Science communication

I am the Coordinating Editor of the blog of the Swiss Society for the Middle East and Islamic Cultures (SGMOIK), which highlights the diversity of academic work in Switzerland on the region of the Middle East by providing mentoring in science communication for researchers:

https://www.sagw.ch/sgmoik 

Social engagement

Since 2015, I have been running the project "Salt 4 Sewing" in Sana'a, Yemen, together with local partners. The project offers basic handicraft classes to women to empower them to eventually build small businesses of their own.

Podcast

The podcast “Auf der anderen Seite des Tisches"

Snapshots from my moderations

  • annabelle Soirée 2019 im Park Hyatt, Zürich

    The myth of compatibility? Child, career, collapse - why we need a new honesty in the debate about job and family. The guests: Barbara Hochtrasser, specialist for psychiatry and psychotherapy and chief physician of the private clinic Meiringen, Rebecca Guntern, Sandoz...
    (Image by Johanna Hullár)

  • annabelle Soirée 2019 im Park Hyatt, Zürich

    The myth of compatibility? Child, career, collapse - why we need a new honesty in the debate about job and family. The guests: Barbara Hochtrasser, specialist for psychiatry and psychotherapy and chief physician of the private clinic Meiringen, Rebecca Guntern, Sandoz...
    (Image by Johanna Hullár)

  • Photo Münsingen

    Moderation of the panel Reportage Photography at Photo Münsingen with Christian Bopst, Dominic Nahr and Patrick Rohr

Awards

2022

Nominated for the Zurich Journalism Award with the reportage «Der Fall Yasemin»

2021

Nominated for the German alternative media award with the documentary blog "Window Talks":

https://windowtalks.com 

2019

«Reporter of the Year 2019»

2019

Nominated for the Zurich Journalism Award with the reportage «Gefährliche Singles».

2018

Shortlisted for the real21 media prize with the reportage «Gefährliche Singles».

2015

Nominated for the Zurich Journalism Award with the reportage «Gefangen von Guantanamo».

Follow me on Instagram @heleneaecherli

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