My career in the Hospitality Industry

"a home away from home"


Claudia Doron-Zahner, a BSc. graduate of 1995   


"a life in many worlds - where the sky is the limit"


My journey in the Hospitality Industry started when I was 22 years old. I was accepted amongst so many applicants to work as a Flight Attendant for Swissair. In summer of 1992 when I was travelling the world for over 2 years, and decided it was time for a change in my professional career. Amongst all the Hotel Management Schools in Switzerland, I decided to join César Ritz Colleges, because it was the first school at the time which was in English and offered a joint venture program in the US. The best of both worlds. It was one of the best decision I took in my life. 


I started my studies in Le Bouveret at the lake Geneva, and was one of the seven pioneer students transferring after our first internship in Switzerland to the sister College in Washington, Connecticut, USA where I became the school president. After one Semester and another internship in the Middle East, I continued at the Brig Campus in Switzerland  and finished at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, which was at that time a partner University of César Ritz Colleges with my Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. This opened the doors to a truly international career with management positions at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York City and openings with Hyatt International. I enjoyed not only the guest from all over the world - the first class service but also the diversity at the workplace which is the key to every company’s success.  


I have always stayed in contact with my classmates and the school, and after marrying and leaving the hotel industry I became a part of the faculty at the Campus in Le Bouveret for 5 years. I was not only teaching management courses but also was in charge to prepare the students for their Internship in Switzerland. In 2003 I became the Project Coordinator for the House of Switzerland during the Summer Olympic Games in Athens, 2004, where we recruited 24 Almunis to join the team.


Today my live takes place on four continents, and I manage my own company as a Relocation Expert, Coach & Trainer. For our Corporate Social Responsibility I became the Founder and President of "River of Hope", a nonprofit organisation, active since 2010 in DR Congo. We built an educational center for over 500 school children called "Tala Mosika" feel free to join our mission:


Pre-Opening and Opening Project Manager in 2020                                  BOHO - Boarding House, Buchs, Switzerland

César Ritz Colleges - Alumni & Hotel Management Lecturer

1992-1995 & 1999 - 2004

House of Switzerland, Summer Olympic Games 2004 in Athen

I was the Project Coordinator & Host for César Ritz Colleges in collaboration with Swiss Olympics and Presence Switzerland during the Summer Olympic Games 2003/2004 in Athens. A wonderful experience with a team of 24 International Students (Alumni) representing Switzerland with 18 Nationalities & 24 Languages - what could be better?


Press: New York Times  /  Alumni César Ritz  / 

Opening of the Hotel Hyatt Regency Dead Sea*****, Israel

Member of the Hyatt Opening Team in Israel in 1996/1997

Hospitality Trainer and VIP - Regency Club Manager

Airline Swissair  & Hotel Waldorf=Astoria*****, New York

Airline Swissair

Flight Attendant - International Flights

Hotel Waldorf=Astoria*****, New York

Food & Beverage Management

CSR - River of Hope active in DR Congo since 2010