Name: Simone Höch
ID/Passport number: X0292135
Date of birth: 1973-10-22
Profession: Hôtelière/Orascom Hotels Management Video URL:
Living Area: El Gouna/Sharm El Sheikh
Living in Egypt since: June 2000
Languages: German, French, English
Interests: Travel, Tourism, Hotels, Politics, Culture, Animals
I am graduate of the Higher Institute of Hotel Management Luzern in Switzerland and came to Egypt in the year 2000 to further develop my professional career. Beyond the hotel, I am enthusiastic about travelling, reading and spending my free time on long walks with my dog. I am married and after living more than 20 years along the shores of the Red Sea, Egypt has become my second home.
The CSA acts as a representative of the 5th Switzerland and defends the interests of Swiss expatriates before the authorities and public opinion in Switzerland . It needs to ensure that the concerns of the Swiss in Egypt are heard in Bern and that there is a good flow of information to the Swiss abroad. Two main goals to be achieved:
– E-Voting should be implemented to be able to participate in elections and popular votes in Switzerland.
– Swiss banks and insurance companies should be available to the Swiss Abroad on satisfactory terms comparable to those offered to citizens in Switzerland.
The Swiss overseas population is growing and its needs are changing. Being a Swiss living and working abroad since more than 20 years, I thoroughly understand the needs and interests of the Swiss community in Egypt. Furthermore I follow the Swiss political process and I think that it is very important that Swiss abroad are kept informed about developments that concern them.
I actively engage with the Swiss Community particularly along the Red Sea. I live in Sharm El Sheikh (Sinai Governorate) and I work in El Gouna (Red Sea Governorate), which enables me to connect with many different Swiss nationals in both regions.
For many years I have served as a Warden for the Swiss Embassy to support Swiss in need and I continue to be one of the Swiss Embassy’s contact people. I am a certified In-Company Trainer (AdA) and support the efforts to promote technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Egypt.
I am interested to represent the Swiss living in Egypt because I understand their interests and I would like to be their voice in the CSA. I am proud to be Swiss and politics is important to me. After more than 20 years in Egypt, many friendships have developed with the Swiss living here and I am sure that I am well aware of the concerns of the Swiss colony. The Swiss Abroad are a gateway to the world and are incredibly valuable for Switzerland.
Aus Basel-Stat, geb. Kairo, Schweizerarzt diploma, uni Bern 1991, Doctor of Medizin, Uni Bern 1992, FMH Facharzt chirurgie 2009, Fellowship Herz, Thorax und Gefaesschirurgie 2005 (Aegypten und Brasil), seit 2010 bis March 2020 (Covoid 19 pandemic) Herz, Thorax und Gefaesschirurgie/Locum SPR UK und Ireland.
Integration and good communication with Heimatland, Regelmaessig goidfreindship communication with Swiss soceity in Egypt. Goodberatung in different subjects and connection to our Heimatland, elections, accedent health insurances, AHV Renta und Pensionskasse, Berufs-Beratung.
Yes, Swiss club in Cairo und some good Swiss Friends working Swiss Embassy in Cairo.
Unfortunately, because of the unstable local situation few years ago and regelmaessig work overseas, wasn’t active!
To be good integrated and have good communication to our Vaterland as good as possible.
For the second part I should know the possibility of an offer to select what would be the best for both of us.