Scientific Board

Hal Gurley

Senior Director, Service Management Solutions, Cisco, Switzerland

To date Hal Gurley serves in a global Sales leadership role responsible for Cisco's Cloud/Network System Management software portfolio and go-to-market execution, working closely with product Business Units, Field Sales resources and Service delivery teams to accelerate the sale of Cisco's Cloud/Network management software stack. This software technology plays a prominent role in Cisco's NFV/SDN and Intercloud strategic initiatives, enabling Cisco customers to automate and scale innovative services delivered through virtualized networking and compute platforms. In 2014 he was a member of the Cisco due diligence team evaluating the Tail-f acquisition and post-acquisition leads the Tail-f Sales and Partner go-to-market operations globally. Gurley also serves as sole Managing Director and legal representative of Cisco Systems (Switzerland) GmbH.

Before moving into a global Sales role in 2013, Gurley worked for over ten years in Cisco's management and strategy consulting organization engaging with Service Provider customer executives to accelerate business success using Internet and Cloud technologies for competitive advantage. Gurley led a global management consulting Practice that delivered strategic engagements in revenue growth and cost-optimization opportunities as the telecom industry transitioned to IP-based Next-Generation Networks (NGN) and Cloud Computing. 

Prior to joining Cisco in 2000, Gurley was Director Internet/IP at the Swiss incumbent telecom operator Swisscom, where he led a cross-functional organization that designed and launched the first MPLS-based IP-VPN platform in Europe in partnership with Cisco. He also was a member of the executive steering committee of Swisscom's NGN initiative to plan the investment and migration strategy of Swisscom's fixed-line network infrastructure. 

Gurley holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (U.S.), and an executive MBA from IMD in Switzerland.
Prof. Dr. Lino Guzzella

President, ETH Zurich, Zurich

To date Lino Guzzella was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1957. He received the diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 1981 and the Dr. sc. techn. degree in Control Engineering in 1986 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich. From 1987 to 1989 he was with the R&D Department of Sulzer Bros. in Winterthur, Switzerland. From 1989 to 1991 he was an Assistant Professor for Automatic Control in the Electrical Engineering Department of ETH. He then joined Hilti R&D, Liechtenstein where he was the head of the Mechatronics Department from 1992 to 1993. He is currently President of ETH Zurich and Professor for Thermotronics in the Mechanical Engineering Department of ETH. His research interests are modeling of dynamic systems, non-linear and robust control and applications of these ideas to thermal and especially automotive systems.
Prof. Dr. Norio Matsuki

Executive Vice President, University of Tokyo, Tokyo

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Norio Matsuki is an Executive Vice President at the University of Tokyo, as well as a project professor at the university’s Policy Alternatives Research Institute. Prior to his appointment as project professor, from 1997 to 2014 he was professor of chemical pharmacology at the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Science. Matsuki received his doctoral (1979), master’s (1976), and bachelor’s (1974) degrees in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Tokyo.

After attaining his Ph.D., Matsuki joined the University of Tokyo’s faculty as a research associate at the Department of Chemical Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. That same year, he took a leave of absence and moved to Iowa City in Iowa, USA, to becomea postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Pharmacology of the University of Iowa. In 1981 he then took up a research associate position at the Department of Pharmacology of Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.

Upon returning to Tokyo, Matsuki continued his research associateship at the University of Tokyo until 1989. He went on to teach as an associate professorat the Department of Chemical Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciencesuntil 1997, during which time he was awarded the 1996 Outstanding Work Award for Young Researchers by the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan. Matsuki is also a recipient of The Pharmaceutical Society Award 2015. He currently serves as the chair of program committee of World Congress of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology and was previously president of the Japanese Pharmacological Society and the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan. His researchinterests are pharmacology and neuroscience, especially macro-and microscopic analysis of brain function.



Prof. Dr. Volker Perthes

Director, Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin

Assistant Secretary General / Senior Advisor, United Nations Office of the Special Envoy for Syria, Geneva

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Volker Perthes, born in 1958, received his doctorate from the University of Duisburg, Germany, in 1990, and his habilitation in 1999. He was assistant professor at the American University of Beirut (1991-1993), and he taught at the Universities of Duisburg, Muenster and Munich. He currently teaches as professor (Political Science/International Relations) at Humboldt University Berlin and Free University of Berlin.

Perthes is a member of several advisory bodies such as, among others, the International Advisory Council of the Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS), the Advisory Research Council of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), and the Innovation Council of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). He is a frequent commentator in German and international media.

Perthes has been with Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin (previously Ebenhausen) since 1992. A main function of SWP is to give advice to the German parliament and government on international affairs. Perthes served as head of SWP Research Group Middle East and Africa for several years. Since October 2005, he is chairman of SWP and director of its institute.

In 2015, Perthes has been appointed by the United Nations to lead the working group on military, security and counterterrorism in the Syrian crisis. He serves as Assistant Secretary General / Senior Advisor at the United Nations Office of the Special Envoy for Syria, Geneva.  

Dr. Kazuo Yano

Corporate Chief Scientist, Research and Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd, Tokyo

To date

Kazuo Yano is a Corporate Chief Scientist, Hitachi, Ltd.  He received the B. S., M. S., and Ph. D degrees from Waseda University, Japan, in 1982, 1984, 1993, respectively.  From 1991 to 1992 he was a Visiting Scientist at the Arizona State University.  He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

 He is known for the pioneering works in semiconductor field, such as the world-first room-temperature single-electron memories.  About ten years ago, he has pioneered the measurement and analysis of social big data, especially using wearable sensors.  It was much earlier than the term "big data" was coined and his works has been leading the field.

The sensor has been introduced in a Harvard Business Review as the pioneering work among "the Wearables: A History".  His recent work is on quantifying the happiness using artificial intelligence and wearable sensors is widely quoted in medias.  He has applied over 350 patents and his papers are cited by over 2900 papers. His recent book, "An invisible hand of data," is cited as one of 2014 top-10 business books in Japan.

He received 1994 IEEE Paul Rappaport Award, 1996 IEEE Lewis Winner Award, 1998 IEEE Jack Raper Award, Kujin Award from Hitachi Henjinkai in 1995, 2007 MBE Erize Prize, the Best Paper Award of International Conference on Social Informatics 2012.