The Worldwide Association of Female Professionals Recognizes Monika E. Naef


Monika E. Naef is Partner & Owner of Dufour Advokatur Notariat (Dufour Attorneys and Notary Public).  With over 29 years of experience in the legal field, she is a specialist in business law, business development, international business relations, and trade. She offers client consultations and a full suite of legal and advisory services across a diverse range of industry and activity, including license agreements, M&A, employment and pension related issues, and start up or new enterprise ventures, particularly in the field of life sciences.
After earning a degree in Law from the University of Basel and passing her bar-exam, Monika became in-house legal counsel for a multinational pharmaceutical and chemical group, where she counseled the pharma and chemicals divisions, and offered expertise in HR and pension fund issues.  Prior to founding Dufour together with three partners, she rose to become the Head of Section Law for multinational chemical company. Apart from her legal practice, she also currently serves on the board of IWB Industrielle Werke Basel. She is a certified Global Negotiator. Excellent with languages, she speaks fluent English and German, as well as a working proficiency of French with some knowledge of Italian, Dutch and Spanish.
Monika attributes her success to hard work, listening to people’s needs, as well as being a great problem solver and keen negotiator. Active in her community, she is currently a member of the cantonal Board of Education (Bildungsrat) and has volunteered as the President of Zonta Club Oberrhein, part of a worldwide organization of executives in business and the professions working together to advance the status of women. She is proud to have juggled her career while raising her 2 children, achieving a sense of balance in her life. She also enjoys hiking, sailing, spending time with family and friends, reading and music concerts.
The Worldwide Association of Female Professionals Member Monika E. Naef can be found on the Association Directory, where she is looking forward to networking with you.