Catalyst Staff

Allyson Zimmermann

Executive Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa

+41 (0)44 208 3152

Sempacherstrasse 15, Zurich, 8032, Switzerland

Allyson Zimmermann is the Executive Director of Catalyst’s operations in Europe, Middle East & Africa, and is responsible for shaping the strategy for Catalyst’s continued growth and Supporter engagement. Since 2007, Allyson has driven Catalyst’s presence and Supporter base in Europe and now that extends to the Middle East and Africa. Working with leading global organizations, she helps Catalyst Supporters create more inclusive workplaces so all talent can advance.

Allyson is a recognized authority on workplace issues including women on boards, the gender pay gap, and women in leadership and is often sought after and quoted in European and world media. Allyson works with leadership teams to cultivate open dialogues around challenges and regularly contributes opinion pieces to top media outlets and influential organisations like the London School of Economics Business Review. She is a frequent speaker on the topics of sponsorship, engaging men, unconscious bias, inclusive leadership, and sexual harassment in the workplace.

Having lived and worked in over five countries, Allyson has extensive global experience. As a dual national (Swiss + American), her home is in Zurich, Switzerland. 

Allyson holds a BA in Communications and German from the University of Minnesota and is a professional coach.