Profile of our new MSABI volunteer from Switzerland.

Raphaël von Allmen is a product designer. From december 2009 till june 2010, he will be working as a volunteer for MSABI in Ifakara (Tanzania) on the MSABI water, sanitation and hygiene project. 

Raphaël is motivated by the development of projects which address socio-ecological matters and include formal, technical or conceptual innovation. He believes the best way of improving things is by the active search of small solutions, within reach. Born in Neuchâtel (Switzerland) in 1983, Raphaël studied languages at high school, and after some travels, he graduated as a product designer from ECAL in 2007 (école cantonale d'art de Lausanne). His latest experience include furniture design, scenography of exhibitions and teaching assistanship in Zürich, Neuchâtel and Lausanne. Together with some friends, he also started a design collective called "DAREDO", which has been conducting several projects since 2006. [] In the last years, he also won some design competitions in Switzerland and Germany and his work has been exhibited in Europe and America. More info on: []