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Reinventing workplace mental health & wellbeing to empower individuals and create thriving companies

About Kyan

Kyan Health is the first digital health company in Switzerland providing fully personalized, evidence-based mental health & wellbeing for employees and their families.

Kyan’s mission is to unlock the true potential of employees by creating a frictionless experience to access mental health and wellbeing services for our members.

Kyan addresses organizational and individual needs at the same time. Our experience has shown that the only way to improve how people feel and perform at work in an enduring way is by providing the tools and resources that individuals need to feel supported while transforming the organizational context to ensure psychological safety.

Origins

Vlad Gheorghiu and Konstantin Struck decided to launch Kyan Health after their firsthand experience with mental health challenges in the workplace, after witnessing the pitfalls of existing solutions and the devastating effects of poor mental health on individuals, families and organizations. Ignacio (Nacho) Leonhardt joined the founding team and leads Kyan’s product and technology work. A seasoned entrepreneur, he’s been successfully developing technology for the past 10 years. He’s driven by developing products with meaning which materially improve people’s lives. Dr. Karin Rechsteiner joined the team as Kyan’s Head of Psychology fueled by the desire to make a real difference in how mental health and wellbeing is delivered effectively, early and at scale Kyan was designed based on years of research and development in partnership with senior business leaders, leading mental health researchers, neuroscientists and employees

Values

Improve lives

We are grounded in science to make a real difference in people’s lives

Normalize

We destigmatize the conversation on mental health and wellbeing

Connect

We integrate with all actors of the ecosystem and create a frictionless experience for employees, employers, providers and insurers

Engage

We proactively connect with our members to address their needs early

Empower

We support our members to become the best versions of themselves with personalized solutions tailored to their needs

Celebrate diversity

We recognize and celebrate individual differences and we provide tailored support to each individual

Our team

Vlad grew up in a household where psychotherapists would gather around the dinner table to discuss the latest trends in cognitive and behavioral research. For him, mental health was never a tabu topic. Nonetheless, when he burned out in 2019 he did not know what hit him. After his recovery, Vlad changed his career track and focused his efforts on building and scaling mental health and wellbeing initiatives that make a real difference in people’s lives. Before co-founding Kyan, Vlad worked for 8 years in management consulting at McKinsey & Company where he focused on strategy and organizational work for healthcare clients and on building digital businesses for retail clients. He holds an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD (Singapore), a Master in Economics and Finance from HEC Paris (France) and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from HEC Lausanne (Switzerland).
Experiencing the impact a depression can have on a loved one and navigating the complex psychotherapeutic support resources led Konstantin to change tracks. He now dedicates his career to answering the question of how technology could better connect, enable, and empower the different players in the psychotherapeutic ecosystem to create the future of corporate mental wellbeing & health. Before co-founding Kyan, Konstantin worked at McKinsey & Company from 2011 – 2020. Most recently as Associate Partner in the Strategy & Corporate Finance practice focusing on Corporate Finance transactions and large-scale transformations. Konstantin holds an MSc from The London School of Economics (UK) in the fields of strategic management and corporate finance. Prior to that, he earned a BSc in Business Administration from University of Mannheim (Germany) and HEC Paris (France).
Ignacio leads our engineering team. He leverages his extensive operational experience to develop our products that transform organizations for the better. Prior to founding Kyan, Ignacio was a founder of Handy Technologies. He has also built multiple consumer and enterprise software solutions that interact with hundreds of thousands of people regularly. He cares about building products that can operate at a large scale yet provide the most personalized and individual experience. He is a lover of podcasts, a gamer and former punk musician. He holds a computer engineering degree from Duke University and Masters in computer science from the University of Illinois UC.
Karin is an accomplished psychologist with both a clinical and a research background. She started her career working in several in- and outpatient clinics and soon realized the many challenges that therapists have in fulfilling their potential at their profession. Going back to research however, made her miss the clinical work which was always her passion. At Kyan, she brings out the best of both worlds. It is also one of her missions to empower and support therapists with access to cutting-edge technology to do their best work and care about what really matters – people. Karin holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Zurich. She is a licensed psychotherapist in Switzerland and complete her training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) at the AIM-CH (Akademie für Verhaltenstherapie und Methodenintegration). Prior to that she earned her BSc and MSc at the University of Zurich.
Gabriela co-leads our self-care content management work. She is driven by her curiosity for human behavior and decision-making. Her experience working in different areas of psychology has allowed her to develop a rich, well-rounded understanding of human thought and action. She holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Tübingen (Germany), where she was part of a project researching the use of technology for social and learning processes. Previously, she obtained an MSc in Health and Social Psychology from the University of Maastricht (Netherlands), and a licenciate degree in Clinical Psychology from Francsico Marroquín University (Guatemala).
Joao is our lead UI designer living between San Francisco and Portugal working with startups around the world for the past 6 years.
He was the lead UI Designer at Handy. In just 2 Years he saw Handy grow exponentially in every direction. From just a team of 6 to 200 of the smarter professionals in the startup industry.
After Handy, Joao joined Sparks Labs in San Francisco, California, where during 2.5 years he launched 10 different apps and tested multiple concepts. AnswerCam app was their last project. Sparks Labs was acquired by Dropbox.
Andrew is the voice of the meditations and self-care courses of Kyan Health. He is a certified clinical hypnotherapist and seasoned mediation teacher. For over 25 years, Andrew has been helping people relax, change and create the lives they want through his range of self-care recordings, guided meditations, online courses and workshops. His work has motivated and empowered people across the world and helped them cope with stress, overcome anxiety or fears, break habits and achieve their full potential.
Jose leads our content management work and uses his many years of design-thinking experience to ensure that our self-therapy content is as intuitive and user-centric as possible.
Jose is a multi-disciplinary creative and researcher interested in the intersection between design and human interaction. His work, ranging from architecture, furniture design, editorial work, and podcasting, has led him to produce and collaborate on projects related to identity, sense of belonging, and social movements. Jose is currently the head of design at Colectivo Mineral, a furniture and graphic design firm, and co-founder of Beluga, an artist collective based in Guatemala City.
Jose is a licenced architect from Francisco Marroquín Universidad, in Guatemala, with post-graduate studies in qualitative methodologies and psycho-social research from the University of Chile.
Ignacio was born in Guatemala where he lived until he was 19. He moved to Berlin 5 years ago to study computer science and because he finds this city to be the perfect place to become a better version of himself. He is inspired by so many creative and innovative people. Creating is what motivates him, whether on the soccer pitch, making art or programming.
Confronted with the severe impact mental health issues can have on a close relative, Kim experienced the challenges in receiving prompt and integrated mental health support for her loved one.
Her desire developed to become professionally involved in this field, having the vision to contribute to making mental health services more easily accessible, providing end-to-end services and removing existing barriers.
At Kyan, Kim works as Growth Director directly with leading companies across Europe to bring the best mental wellbeing solutions to leading employers, their employees and families.
Before joining Kyan, Kim worked at goetzpartners focusing on strategy and transformation advisory Kim holds a BSc in Business Administration & Management from WHU- Otto-Beisheim-School of Management and an MSc in International Business from Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and National University of Singapore (NUS), as well as a CEMS Master in International Management.
Alfredo studied telematics at the University of Applied Sciences Wildau in Wildau, Germany. In anticipation to concluding his Master thesis at the end of April 2013, he received the 2012 DAAD award for outstanding achievement of foreign students in German universities. Besides his work experience in Berlin and Brandenburg, he has worked in Saint Petersburg, Russia, as an IT Engineer and Graphics Developer. His interests and expertise are web technologies, developing front- and back-end logic and design for web and mobile applications, as well as 3D modelling.
Tom thrives off working at the intersection of Psychology and Technology. His experience working as a Trainee Psychologist in the NHS laid the clinical and research foundations for his work today. It was here that he first saw the power of technology in healthcare, working with and researching wearable technology in young people.
That power inspired him to delve deeper into the world of Digital Health; initially helping Pocketcoach to develop and grow before joining Kyan Health. He's currently supporting his existing experience with a Masters in Digital Healthcare at St. Pölten UAS, as he values and respects the academic standard and its contribution to an incredibly dynamic field. Tom believes Kyan will play a crucial role in ending the stigma around mental health. Specifically, by offering 24/7 access to mental health support that is evidence-based, engaging and genuinely helpful.

Our Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Ehlert Chair of Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy
Dr. Urs Karkoschka Head of Human Performance Innovation
Prof. Dr. Florian von Wangenheim Professor of Technology Marketing, Department of Management, Technology, and Economics