Hey there, thanks for stopping by,
My name is Maria Rybak, I’m from Switzerland, and here’s a little bit about me.
I have a background in Psychology and Social Sciences (BSc) from the University of Lausanne, and an MSc in Food Policy (Sustainable Food Production Systems) from City University London.
Below is a pic from the UNIL campus; if you ask me it’s the most incredible setting one could study in (Lausanne, Lac Léman).
My uni years were amazingly formative – I got into martial arts which I’ve always wanted to do, first boxing then Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (I’m now a blue belt), went vegan overnight, changed my perception of the world, the environment and the way we treat our planet, and of people in general.
I went from thinking that I needed to follow a certain education and career path to realising that as long as I am working my ass off I can do whatever I want.
During my second year at Uni I watched the Forks over Knives documentary, after which I went vegan. I later watched the Cowspiracy documentary, which talks of the devastating effects of animal agriculture on our planet, and realised that I wanted to pursue studies in this domain. I was lucky to find the Food Policy MSc and decided to go all in.
It allowed me to pursue my passion for food and learn about the complexity of food production and consumption, its impacts on our environment, health, and society.
After finishing my degree, I moved back home where I worked as a fundraiser for NGOs, and did an internship at the World Health Organisation.
It didn’t take me long before I realised that a 9 to 5 is not for me, and I decided to start my own business. I founded PVLSE, a platform that empowers you to make a living by doing what you truly love. A place for you to share your skills and services, whether you have one or many. Pursuing my own path and being liberated from a job that confined me and made me feel trapped, was one of the big stepping stones towards my healing.
I’m also a travel junkie, love painting and am a fan of cold showers.