EP #122: Suba Umathevan – CEO of Swiss-Based Non-Profit DROSOS FOUNDATION

Suba Umathevan ( @suba.umathevan ) is the CEO of DROSOS FOUNDATION, a Switzerland-based non-profit committed to unlocking the potential of young people.

She joins Ara on this week’s episode of #TheTamilCreator to discuss the work she’s done in the non-profit work for the last 10+ years including at the DROSOS FOUNDATION and Plan International Switzerland, being raised in Switzerland and having Tamil values instilled in her from a young age, how she got her TEDx talk opportunity, wanting to become a Swiss diplomat due to discussions about politics with her dad, personal and professional growth she’s experienced along her career journey, her direct approach being a byproduct of her Germanic upbringing, viewing herself as a “connector”, her admiration for Oprah Winfrey, and so much more!

Follow Suba:
– LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/suba009/)

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00:19 – Ara introduces this week’s guest, Suba Umathevan
01:10 – Suba speaks on her formative years; turning trauma into resilience
02:58 – Why her parents chose to flee to Switzerland
04:59 – Was the world more welcoming to refugees back in the day?
07:47 – The Tamil community being more populated in Toronto versus Switzerland
09:00 – Why Suba pursued a career in the non-profit world
10:51 – The cost of living in Switzerland
12:17 – Plan International; what they do and a key milestone for Suba
15:22 – Transitioning from a Director-level position to a C-Suite role
18:26 – What is the DROSOS foundation; unlocking young people’s potential
23:21 – 15,000 foundations existing in Switzerland; the history behind it
24:26 – Why Suba prioritizes connecting with her team versus coaching them
29:08 – The DROSOS foundation entering its 20th anniversary; new vision
30:45 – Pursuing education in Canada; how the country shaped her
32:33 – What the Tamil community is like in Switzerland
35:04 – Tedx Talk; how the opportunity came to be
36:28 – Several failures during her first year at Brussels
38:43 – Advice she would give her 16-year-old self
39:24 – The personal legacy she wants to be remembered for
40:15 – Creator Confessions
46:47 – The Wrap Up

Intro Music

Produced And Mixed By:
– The Tamil Creator
– Yanchan

Written By:
– Aravinthan Ehamparam
– Yanchan Rajmohan