Speakers and Moderators

Rocio ABUD
Rocio ABUD

Director General, Programmes, National Institute of Entrepreneurship, Ministry of Economy, Government of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

Rocio Abud is the Director of the micro, small and medium-sized enterprise programme at the National Institute of Entrepreneurship of the Govenment of Mexico. Among other partnerships, she collaborates with FUNDES Mexico to develop and implement programmes for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, territorial development, corporate social responsibility and business productivity.

In AVINA Foundation she was responsible for strengthening relations and developing integrated projects with leaders of civil society and non-profit organisations in Chile. She contributed to diverse areas such as sustainable development, human rights, democracy, equity, gender, civic participation, women's rights, prevention of AIDS and child development. She also collaborated with the CIGNA Corporate Foundation in the US and the Mexican Red Cross.

Rocio Abud holds a MSc. in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries from The London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom. She graduated in International Trade from the Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico City.

Christian AMSLER
Christian AMSLER

President, Cantonal Government of Schaffhausen, Schaffhausen, Switzerland

Christian Amsler is president of the cantonal government of Schaffhausen, Switzerland, for the second time (2014 and 2018). Prior to his election to the government he was vice-rector of the teacher training college Schaffhausen, head of continuous training of teachers, head of professional introduction as well as head of the didactic centre. From 1987 to 1993 Christian Amsler was president of the Liberal Union Stetten (village in the canton of Schaffhausen) and from 2000 to 2008 president of the commune of Stetten. At the same time he was member of the cantonal council and chairman of the parliamentary group FDP-CVP-JF fraction. Since 2010 he is member of the cantonal government of Schaffhausen and head of the Education Department.

In the army, Christian Amsler held the rank of Major, was president of the cantonal Officers' Association of Schaffhausen and member of the Central Managing Board of the Swiss Officers’ Association (SOG). He is married, has three children and lives in Stetten.

Soenke BANDIXEN
Soenke BANDIXEN

Mayor, City of Stein am Rhein; Member, stars Foundation Board, Switzerland

Dipl. Ing. ETH Zurich, Switzerland, PMD Business Harvard School, Boston, USA

2017-present Mayor, City of Stein am Rhein
2004-present Independent management ... consultant/interim manager, Partner with AMC Account Management Center Ltd., St. Gallen
2012-2014 CEO Landert Motoren AG, Bülach
2007-2010 CEO Orell Fuessli Holding AG, Zurich
1997-2003 CEO Kaba Doors Systems Division, Member of the Kaba Group Executive Management Board, Kaba Holding AG, Rümlang
1994-1996 Vice President Marketing, Cosa Liebermann, Dübendorf
1984-1993 Various management functions, at last Member of the Executive Board SIG Verpackungstechnik, Beringen
Concurrently Board Memberships: Vetropack Holding AG, Jakob & Emma Windler Foundation, CGAM Center for Global Account Management, University St. Gallen
Sauvik BANERJJEE
Sauvik BANERJJEE

Vice President, Tata Industries Digital Initiatives, Advisor to Group Committees and CTO of TataCLiQ, Tata Group, Mumbai, India

One of the top 6 technologists globally with over 150 implementations running across the globe, Sauvik Banerjjee is Vice President of Tata Industries Digital Initiatives, Advisor to Group Committees and CTO of TataCLiQ. He is a tech evangelist and entrepreneur by heart, has built two successful start-ups and sold them in the UK and has been ranked right at the top of global CTOs by OnlineEducation.com.

Having mentored over 600 senior management over the years, Sauvik in India is also mentoring select start-ups on building successful business models. He is on the board of advisors of several companies and start-ups. He has been responsible for disruptive innovation ideas in technology and omni-channel commerce that have earned him the distinction and title of being one of only 6 people (the only person of Indian origin) in the world to have worked on all global Omni channel platforms.

Sauvik also holds a robust track record in delivering growth across India and Europe for organisations like Infosys, Accenture and SAP. At SAP he was the Chief of Technology for SAP Global’s Omni-channel and Digital vertical.

Sauvik has been a recipient of multiple awards, including: Infosys Global Star Award for the best disruption in Omni Channel Commerce 2012, Accenture European Award for innovation on disruption in Omni Channel Commerce 2013 and 2014, SAP Extra Mile Most Valued Player Award 2016, SAP Leadership Award for creating and delivering the world’s first figital omnichannel market place for Tata and SAP Ace Awards for Tata Cliq and AJIO 2016. These were in addition to completing his doctorate from University of Sunderland.

His dedication to the cause of innovation has seen him work with the Govt of WB and CII Innovation club modeling for startup India as well as guide and mentor several start-ups which include the following: Honorary Member at TiE Mumbai, Honorary Member at CII India, Honorary Board Member at Websites.co.in, Honorary Board Member at Xelpmoc Design & Tech, Honorary Board Member at Hashtag Loyalty, Honorary advisor to the board at Mihup, Honorary Advisor at Roambee, Board of directors at Foodabhi, Board of directors at NODD, Chief Mentor and Board Advisor at thinQbate, Board of directors at InQube Innoventures.

Amit CHATTERJEE
Amit CHATTERJEE

CEO, Open Systems, San Francisco, United States

Amit Chatterjee is the Chief Executive Officer of Open Systems. He assumed the role of CEO in 2018 after serving as Chairman of the Board and as an Operating Partner at EQT (Senior Advisor).

As a transformational business leader, with an impressive record of leading organizations to market leadership, Chatterjee will redefine the company’s direction and lead the business through global expansion. Trusted by Fortune 5000 companies, Open Systems is built on an impressive foundation of Swiss engineering and customer experience and is poised for hypergrowth at a global scale.

Chatterjee has more than 20 years of experience scaling enterprise software and SaaS companies and has a proven track record of driving business transformation and category leadership. Prior to joining the Open Systems board of directors, Chatterjee held executive positions at CA Technologies, SAP and McKinsey & Co., and launched four successful start-ups. He is on the Board of Directors for Innovyze, Direct ChassisLink Inc. (DCLI), Data Intensity, WorkStride, and LEAP Commerce, and attended UC Berkeley and Stanford University.

He was nominated to Fortune’s 40 Under 40 List and Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010.

Dingding CHEN
Dingding CHEN

Professor of International Relations and Associate Dean, Institute for 21st Century Silk Road Studies, Jinan University; Non-resident Fellow, Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi); Founding Director and President, Intellisia Institute, Guangzhou, China

Dingding Chen is Professor of International Relations at Jinan University, Guangzhou, and Non-Resident Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), Berlin. He is also the Founding Director and President of Intellisia Institute, a newly established independent think tank focusing on international affairs in China. His research focuses on Chinese foreign policy, Asian security, human rights and international public opinion.

Dingding’s articles have appeared in International SecurityJournal of Contemporary ChinaChinese Journal of International Politics, and The Washington Quarterly. He is a frequent contributor to The Diplomat magazine and the co-editor of a forthcoming book on international engagement with human rights in China to be published by Routledge.

He was a visiting instructor in the government department at Dartmouth College and was affiliated with the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University. Dingding was also a China and the World Program Fellow at Princeton University.

Dingding holds a bachelor’s degree in international economics from Renmin University of China and a master’s degree and PhD in political science from the University of Chicago.

Ivo H. DAALDER
Ivo H. DAALDER

President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Former US Ambassador to NATO; Former Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council, Chicago, United States

Ivo H. Daalder is president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009-2013.

Prior to his appointment as ambassador to NATO by President Obama, Daalder was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, specializing in American foreign policy, European security and transatlantic relations, and national security affairs. Before joining Brookings in 1998, he was an associate professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and director of research at its Center for International and Security Studies. He also served as director for European affairs on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council staff from 1995-97.

Ambassador Daalder is the author and editor of 10 books, including The Empty Throne: How America Abdicated Its Global Leadership (with James M. Lindsay) to be published in fall 2018. Other books include In the Shadow of the Oval Office: Profiles of the National Security Advisers and the Presidents they Served — From JFK to George W. Bush (with I. M. Destler) and the award-winning America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy (with James M. Lindsay). Daalder is a frequent contributor to the opinion pages of the world’s leading newspapers, and a regular commentator on international affairs on television and radio.

Ambassador Daalder was educated at the universities of Kent, Oxford, and Georgetown, and received his PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is married to Elisa D. Harris, and they have two sons.

Mark DITTLI
Mark DITTLI

Independent Author and Journalist, Zurich, Switzerland

Mark Dittli is an independent author and journalist based in Zurich, specializing in economics and international finance. He also is the economics editor of Republik, a Swiss online magazine (www.republik.ch). Until October 2017, he was the editor-in-chief of Finanz und Wirtschaft , Switzerland’s premier financial newspaper. Mark has worked in financial journalism for more than 18 years. He has studied business administration in Zurich, journalism at New York University and is a CFA charterholder (Chartered Financial Analyst). He is married, has two children and lives in Zurich.
Susan M. GASSER
Susan M. GASSER

Professor of Molecular Biology, University of Basel; Director, Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland

Susan M. Gasser is the director of the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, a position she assumed in 2004. In parallel, she holds a professorship at the University of Basel and runs an active research laboratory at the FMI. Prior to joining the FMI, she was a professor in the Department of Molecular Biology at the University of Geneva.

Susan studied at the University of Chicago and completed her PhD at the University of Basel (Biochemistry; G. Schatz), working on the import of mitochondrial proteins. As a postdoctoral fellow, she studied the long-range folding of the genome in flies and human cells. She identified topoisomerase II as a structural component of mitotic chromosomes, and AT-rich sequences as elements of loop organization. From 1986-2001, as a research group leader at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research, she combined genetic approaches and fluorescence microscopy to examine the impact of nuclear organization on genome function – specifically on heritable gene repression in yeast.

Susan Gasser's studies have continued to examine how nuclear organization impinges on mechanisms of repair and replication fork stability and on epigenetic inheritance of cell fate decisions. She exploits the genetics of model organisms in her studies, as well as quantitative live fluorescence imaging. Her laboratory identified mechanisms that tether telomeres and silent chromatin at the nuclear envelope. In parallel, they identified roles for RecQ helicases, checkpoint kinases and ORC in the maintenance of genome integrity. Over the last 10 years she has examined the role of nuclear organization and heterochromatin in the development of the nematode, C. elegans. The laboratory has contributed to our understanding of signals and anchors involved in chromatin positioning, both for active and inactive genes, and for various types of DNA double strand break repair.

She has authored more than 250 primary articles and reviews, and has received a number of awards for her work, including election to the Académie de France, to the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences, FEBS | EMBO Women in Science Award 2012, the Weizmann Institute Women in Science award 2013, the INSERM International Prize in 2011, and both the Otto Naegeli Award and the Gregor Mendel Medal in 2006. She was a member of the President’s Science and Technology Advisory Council of the European Commission, and serves on scientific review panels for institutes across Europe.

Andreas HINTERBERGER
Andreas HINTERBERGER

Public Policy Country Lead Switzerland, Uber, Zurich, Switzerland

Andreas Hinterberger joined Uber as Country Lead Public Policy for Switzerland and Austria in summer 2017. He is responsible for the contact work of the technology company in Switzerland and Austria. After graduating as a political scientist, he initially worked for several years in consulting, where his clients included various start-up companies and companies with digitized business models.

Jan JENISCH
Jan JENISCH

CEO, LafargeHolcim, Zurich, Switzerland

German national born in 1966, Jan Jenisch joined LafargeHolcim as Chief Executive Officer on 1 September 2017. LafargeHolcim is the leading global building materials and solutions company.

From 2012 he served as Chief Executive Officer of Sika AG which develops and manufactures systems and products for the building materials and automotive sector. Under his leadership, Sika expanded into new markets and set new standards of performance in sales and profitability. Jan Jenisch joined Sika in 1996 and went on to work in various management functions and countries. He was appointed to the Management Board in 2004 as Head of the Industry Division and he served as President Asia Pacific from 2007 to 2012.

Jan Jenisch has studied in Switzerland and the US and is a graduate of the University Fribourg, Switzerland with an MBA (lic. rer. pol.). He is a non-executive Director of the stock-listed Schweiter Technologies AG and of the privately held Glas Troesch.

Andreas KRAUSE
Andreas KRAUSE

Professor, Department of Computer Science, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Andreas Krause is a Professor of Computer Science at ETH Zurich, where he leads the Learning & Adaptive Systems Group. He also serves as Academic Co-Director of the Swiss Data Science Center. Before that he was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Caltech.

He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University (2008) and his Diplom in Computer Science and Mathematics from the Technical University of Munich, Germany (2004). He is a Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow and a Kavli Frontiers Fellow of the US National Academy of Sciences. He received an ERC Starting Investigator grant, the Deutscher Mustererkennungspreis, an NSF CAREER award, the Okawa Foundation Research Grant recognizing top young researchers in telecommunications as well as the ETH Golden Owl teaching award. His research on machine learning and adaptive systems has received awards at several premier conferences and journals.

Andreas Krause is currently serving as Program Co-Chair for ICML 2018, and is regularly serving as Area Chair or Senior Program Committee member for ICML, NIPS, AAAI and IJCAI, and as Action Editor for the Journal of Machine Learning Research.

LIM Siong Guan
LIM Siong Guan

Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore; Former Group President, GIC; Former Head of Civil Service of Singapore; Member, stars International Board, Singapore

Siong Guan Lim was appointed Advisor to the GIC Group Executive Committee in Januar 2017. From September 2007 until December 2016 he was Group President of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC). The GIC manages the financial reserves of the Singapore government. He was Chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board from October 2006 to June 2009. The Board is the Singapore government’s lead agency for planning and executing strategies to enhance Singapore’s position as a global business centre. Much of its work is attracting international corporations to set up manufacturing and services activities in Singapore as critical links in the global supply chain.

He has been an Adjunct Professor in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore since 2005, instructing on leadership and change management, as well as a Senior Fellow of the Civil Service College since 2006.

Siong Guan Lim was the Head of the Singapore Civil Service from September 1999 to March 2005. He was the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defense (1981-1994), the Prime Minister’s Office (1994-1998), the Ministry of Education (1997-1999) and the Ministry of Finance (1999-2006). In every appointment he introduced innovative policies and practices which enhanced the drive, capacity, capability and performance of the organization. Mr Lim has chaired the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (2004-2006), the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (2004-2006) and, the Central Provident Fund Board (1986-1994) and was a board member of many companies including Temasek, the other sovereign wealth fund manager of Singapore.

Amelia MASZONSKA
Amelia MASZONSKA

Award-winning Violinist, Poznan, Poland

Amelia Maszonska was born in 1993 in Zielona Gora. At the age of 6 she started to play the violin. In 2008 she began learning at Henryk Wieniawski Secondary Music School in Poznan under professor Jadwiga Kaliszewska and Master of Arts Karina Gidaszewska’s. She graduated the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan under professor Bartosz Bryla and Jaroslaw Nadrzycki. Currently she is studying at Hochschule der Kuenste Bern under professor Monika Urbaniak-Lisik where she is also pursuing chamber music studies together with Affetto Piano Trio under professor Patrick Judt and professor Tomasz Herbut.

She attended many music courses under the tutelage of: Zakhar Bron, Pavel Vernikov, Bartlomiej Nizol, Oleg Kaskiv, Frantisek Novotny or Xiaoming Wang. The artist has performed in many European countries such as: Switzerland, Germany, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary. She performed as a violin soloist with many orchestras in Poland throughout Europe namely: Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Gyor Symphony Orchestra, Staatstheater Cottbus Philharmonisches Orchester, Silesian Philharmony, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Poznan Philharmony or Leopoldinum Orchester.

As a chamber musician she collaborated with great personalities such as Soyoung Yoon, Monika Urbaniak-Lisik, Bartek Niziol, Dorota Siuda, Vladimir Bukac or Daniel Pezzotti. In 2017, she was awarded the prestigious Medal of Young Arts by Wielkopolski Glos. She was awarded many scholarships from the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage, and Yamaha Foundation.

Furthermore Amelia has received many awards at international competitions such as:
• 3rd prize at the Rahn Musikpreis 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland
• Semi-finalist of the XV Inertnational Henryk Wieniawski Competition and laureate of 5 Special prizes including the Wanda Wilkomirska’s prize for the best performing of K. Szymanowski’s work in Poznan, Poland
• Grand Prix of Concert of the Year 2017 in Szczecin, Poland
• Grand Prix at the International Music Festival & Masterclass in Pila, Poland
• 1st place at the XIV International Juliusz Zarebski Music Competition in Poland
• 2nd place and special prize at the 21th International Leos Janacek Violin Competition in Brno, Czech Republic
• 2nd place and special prize for the best performing of K. Szymanowski at the III Violin Competition in Krakow, Poland
• 3rd prize at the I International Grazyna Bacewicz Violin Competiton in Lodz, Poland
• 3rd place at the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition in Hungary

Beatrix MORATH
Beatrix MORATH

Managing Director, Local Market Leader Switzerland, AlixPartners; stars alumna, Zurich, Switzerland

As a consultant, Beatrix gained extensive experience in many industries, with focus on consumer goods, retail, tourism, and media. Her experience includes efficiency improvement projects, restructurings, due diligences, postmerger integrations, strategy reviews, and growth strategies.

Before joining AlixPartners, Beatrix was managing partner of Roland Berger Switzerland, having started her professional career in banking. Beatrix has a degree in business administration from Fachhochschule Pforzheim in Germany and Hanzehogeschool Groningen in the Netherlands.

She is on the supervisory boards of the Lienhard Office Group and Global Dignity and the advisory board of the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich.

Stefan MUELLER
Stefan MUELLER

Head, Corporate Strategy and Development, KUKA Group, Augsburg, Germany

Stefan Mueller is Head of Corporate Strategy & Development of the KUKA Group. Moreover, he teaches Integrated Strategic Leadership at the University of Stuttgart and Augsburg. After obtaining his doctor’s degree at the Technical University of Munich and international consulting mandates in the fields of technology, innovation and organization, he was co-founder of a software company and executive board member for several years. Following, he was Head of the Business Units Simulation and Composite Processing Technologies of a leading aircraft manufacturer.

Markus R. NEUHAUS
Markus R. NEUHAUS

Chairman, PwC Switzerland; Member, Board of PwC Europe; Member, stars Foundation Board, Zurich, Switzerland

2016 - present Member of the Board of PwC Europe
July 2012 - present Chairman, PricewaterhouseCoopers Switzerland
2013 - 2016 Member of the Office of the Global Chairman
2003 - June 2012 CEO, Territory Senior Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers Switzerland
2010 - 2013 Member of the Global Network Executive Team
2007 - 2008 CEO, Senior Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers Eurofirms (Continental Europe)
1999 - 2003 Responsible for Tax & Legal mergers and acquisitions activities worldwide
1996 Responsible for Tax & Legal mergers and acquisitions activities across Europe
1995 - 1998 Head of the Tax & Legal team, PricewaterhouseCoopers Zurich
1992 Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers
1988 Doctorate in Law, University of Zurich
Concurrently Member of the board and chairman of the Tax Chapter of the Swiss Institute of Certified Accountants and Tax Consultants, member of the board of economiesuisse, member of the Foundation Board of Avenir Suisse, Chairman of the Public Affairs Committee of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of Zürich, a member of the Rotary Club and honorary auditor of the Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft. Dr Markus R. Neuhaus also lectures at the ETH Zurich, where he holds the title of “Executive-in-Residence”.
Volker PERTHES
Volker PERTHES

Director and Executive Chairman of the Board, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP); Senior Advisor to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria and Chairperson of the Ceasefire Task Force for Syria, International Syria Support Group; Member, stars Scientific Board, Berlin/Geneva

Volker Perthes has been chief executive officer and director of SWP (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik), the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, since October 2005.

Since September 2015, Volker Perthes has also served as Senior Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria and he is currently chairing the Ceasefire Task Force for Syria within the international Syria Support Group (ISSG) on behalf of the UN.

Volker Perthes earned his doctoral degree in 1990 and his habilitation in 1999 from the University of Duisburg and worked as assistant professor at the American University of Beirut from 1991 to 1993. Today, he teaches International Relations at Humboldt University Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin.

Volker Perthes serves on various national and international bodies such as the Scientific Advisory Council of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) (as chairperson), the International Advisory Council of the Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS) or the Robert Bosch International Advisory Council.

Dr Perthes is a frequent commentator in German and international media on German and European foreign and security policy, international relations and geopolitics, and regional dynamics and transitions in the Middle East.

Andreas SCHMID
Andreas SCHMID

Entrepreneur & Chairman, Helvetica Capital AG; Chairman, Zurich Airport, Zurich, Switzerland

Andreas Schmid is an entrepreneur and has served as Chairman and Co-owner of Helvetica Capital AG since 2017. Helvetica Capital is an entrepreneurial investor with strong focus on Swiss mid-size companies. Furthermore he has been Chairman of the Board of Zurich Airport since 2000.

In 2008 Andreas Schmid was elected into the Board of Steiner AG and two years later into the Board of Wirz Partner Holding AG, where he has served as Chairman of the Board since 2017. In 2014 he became Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Avenir Suisse and in 2017 he was elected in the Board of The Redzidor Hotel Group. Andreas Schmid began his business career in 1984 at the Union Bank of Switzerland. Following a position as assistant to a Swiss industrialist, he was CEO and Managing Director of Kopp Plastics (Pty) Ltd in South Africa from 1989 to 1992. He then worked for the Jacobs Group in various staff and line functions until 1993, when he moved to become President of the Mövenpick Consumer Goods Division and a member of the worldwide Group Executive Board of Management from 1993 to 1997. In January 1998 Andreas Schmid was appointed CEO of the Jacobs Holding AG (Adecco SA, Barry Callebaut AG and Brach's Confections Inc.) and in 1999 became Chairman of the Board and CEO of Barry Callebaut AG. In 2002, he handed over the CEO function but continued as Chairman until 2005. Thereafter he had served as Vice Chairman of Barry Callebaut until 2014 and was a Member of the Board until 2017.

In the past Andreas Schmid served as Executive Chairman and Co-owner of Oettinger Davidoff AG (2007 – 2017), Chairman of gategroup holding AG (2009 – 2016), Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Symrise AG (2007 – 2011) and Chairman of Kuoni Travel Holding (2002 – 2006).

Furthermore Andreas Schmid was a Member of the Advisory Board of the Credit Suisse Group from 2001 to 2007, before the Advisory Board was dissolved. And from 2007 until 2009 he was Vice Chairman of the Board and Lead Independent Director of Gate Gourmet Group. At Adecco SA he was a Member of the Board between 1999 and 2004.

Andreas Schmid holds a Masters degree in law (lic. iur.) from the University of Zurich, where he also studied economics and management. He is a Swiss citizen, served in the military as a Colonel Lieutenant, is married and has three daughters.

Hannes SCHMID
Hannes SCHMID

Founder, Smiling Gecko, Cambodia

Born in Zurich in 1946, Hannes Schmid is today one of the most important photo-artists in Switzerland. Continuing journeys took him around the world, where he developed his own characteristic visual language as an advertising, fashion and freelance  photographer, characterized by personal ties to the objects. Hannes Schmid achieved worldwide fame with his staging of the iconic Cowboy - the Marlboro Man. Legendary is his collection of over 70,000 photos of the biggest rock stars. In more recent times, Hannes Schmid has also attracted attention with his photographs and photorealistic art. And since 2012, he has been involved in humanitarian activities for children and families in Cambodia, one of the poorest countries in the world, with his non-profit association Smiling Gecko (www.smilinggecko.ch).

Peter SCHNECK
Peter SCHNECK

CEO, Trapeze Group, Schaffhausen, Switzerland

Peter Schneck is the CEO of Trapeze Switzerland since February 2015. In this position, Mr. Schneck is responsible for the entire Trapeze portfolio for ITS mobility solutions and Ticketing in Europe, Africa, Mid-East and Latin America as well as in selected Asian cities like Singapore and Hongkong. He is also the co-founder of AMoTech GmbH focusing on the integration of autonomous vehicles into the future mobility systems for Smart Cities.

Peter Schneck is an attorney-at-law, holds an Executive MBA and is a software developer as well. He is a veteran in the mobility industry for more than 30 years. Before joining Trapeze he worked for more than 20 years in the parking management industry of which he spent 4 years in operations with the European market leader APCOA Parking Holdings GmbH based in Stuttgart, Germany as Managing Director and Business Developer for international key accounts. Before joining APCOA Parking Mr. Schneck served as Managing Director for the global market leader Scheidt & Bachmann GmbH in Mönchengladbach, Germany. During his tenure, he has equipped a large number of major airports and municipalities worldwide.

Toni SCHOENENBERGER
Toni SCHOENENBERGER

Executive Chairman, stars Foundation, Stein am Rhein, Switzerland

1998 - 2016 Member of the Board of UBS Wolfsberg and Congress Hotel Seepark AG
1998 - 2014 CEO, UBS Wolfsberg. Emphasis on Business Development, i.e. initiating, supervising, and conducting UBS Briefings, UBS Health Forum, UBS Arts Forum, UBS Study Trips, UBS Think Tanks, Wolfsberg Podium (www.wolfsberg.com)
1981 - 1998 Various responsibilities for UBS Management and Executive Development, Member and Chairman of the Board of UBS Art Collection
Concurrently Member of the Board of various companies and foundations in Switzerland
Urs SCHOETTLI
Urs SCHOETTLI

Consultant on Asian Affairs; Former East Asia Correspondent of Neue Zuercher Zeitung; Member, stars International Board, Tokyo/Zurich

In 1978, Urs Schoettli was appointed Secretary General of the Liberal International, a world-wide federation of liberal and democratic parties, of which Urs Schoettli acted as Executive Vice President from 1983 until 1993. Also in 1983, he joined the Neue Zurcher Zeitung and became its South Asia Correspondent in New Delhi. Between 1986 and 1990, Urs Schoettli served as Representative of the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation in India. In 1990, he left the Neue Zurcher Zeitung and became Head of project of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Spain. Between 1993 and 1994, he served as Director of the political academy of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Portugal and as Honorary Director of the Commission for the Greater Europe in Vienna and Moscow. Urs Schoettli returned to the Neue Zurcher Zeitung as its Correspondent in Hong Kong in 1996. Three years later, he moved from Hong Kong to Tokyo and worked as the East Asia Correspondent of the Neue Zurcher Zeitung until 2002. During the following five years, Urs Schoettli was the China Correspondent of the Neue Zurcher Zeitung, based in Beijing. He then became the Far East Correspondent for the Neue Zurcher Zeitung based in Tokyo. Urs Schoettli was Co-Editor of the reviews Indo Asia, LibroAperto and Debate Abierto. He has published widely on topics of liberalism, development policies and international security issues in Latin American, American and European journals. Urs Schottli is also the author of numerous books on South Asia, citizenship and environmental issues. Urs Schoettli studied philosophy at the University of Basel.

Balthasar STAEHELIN
Balthasar STAEHELIN

Deputy Director-General, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Geneva, Switzerland

Balthasar Staehelin is Deputy Director-General at the International Committee of the Red Cross. He joined the ICRC in 1993 and has served in the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans and at headquarters. From 2002 to 2006, he was Delegate-General for the Middle East and North Africa, overseeing all ICRC work in that region, including the operation in Iraq. He served as Deputy-Director of Operations for policy and global affairs from 2006 to 2008.

In 2008, he left the ICRC to join the local government in Geneva where he ran the department in charge of providing social welfare, housing, health and integration programmes for asylum-seekers and refugees. He returned to the ICRC in August 2012 to take up his current position.

Balthasar Staehelin holds a master's degree in history, English literature and constitutional law from the University of Basel, Switzerland.

Ivan N. TIMOFEEV
Ivan N. TIMOFEEV

Director, Programmes, Russian International Affairs Council; Director, Euro-Atlantic Security Programme, Valdai Discussion Club, Moscow, Russia

Ivan Timofeev has been a Director of Programs at the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) since 2011. RIAC member since 2016. He is responsible for the intellectual performance of RIAC, managing its programs and projects. His personal background at RIAC includes working with Russian and foreign diplomats, governmental officials, experts, businessmen and NGO-leaders regarding Russia’s foreign policy and public diplomacy. Since 2015 he also heads a “Euro-Atlantic Security” program at Valdai Discussion Club.

Before joining RIAC, Dr. Timofeev was the Head of Analytical Monitoring Center and Associate Professor at MGIMO-University (2009–2011). He was awarded a doctoral degree in Political Science at MGIMO in 2006. He has a Master of Arts in Society and Politics (Lancaster University and Central European University, 2003) and a B.A. in Sociology (Saint-Petersburg State University, 2002).

Dr. Timofeev is an author and co-author of more than 80 publications, issued in Russian and foreign academic press. He is a member of editorial board at the “Comparative Politics” – an academic journal on foreign policy and political science. In 2013 Dr. Timofeev was elected as a Professor of the Academy for Military Science.

Hiroshi WATANABE
Hiroshi WATANABE

President, Institute for International Monetary Affairs (IIMA); Member, stars International Board, Tokyo, Japan

Hiroshi Watanabe is President of the Institute for International Monetary Affairs (IIMA) and former CEO and Governor of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Japan’s policy-based financing institution for international financing. In the past, he served as various positions, including Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs, in the Ministry of Finance (MOF). After leaving MOF, he took to teaching as professor of the Graduate School of Commerce and Management, Hitotsubashi University. Mr. Watanabe received LLB at the University of Tokyo and MA in Economics at Brown University.

Joerg WUTTKE
Joerg WUTTKE

Chief Representative, BASF China; Former President, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China; Member, stars International Board, Beijing, China

Joerg Wuttke is Vice President and Chief Representative of BASF China, based in Beijing. Since joining BASF in 1997, Mr. Wuttke has been responsible for helping guide the company’s investment strategies for China, negotiation of large projects and government relations.

Previous to joining BASF, Mr. Wuttke worked with ABB for 11 years.
From 2001 to 2004 Mr. Wuttke was the Chairman of the German Chamber of Commerce in China.  From 2007 to 2010, and 2014 to 2017 he was the President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.

In January 2011 the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC), a Paris based body of major business associations that lobbies the OECD, named Mr. Wuttke to become Chairman of the BIAC China Task Force.

Since its establishment in 2013, Mr. Wuttke is member of the Advisory Board of Germany’s foremost Think Tank on China, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), in Berlin.

From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Wuttke was Vice Chairman of the CPCIF International Cooperation Committee, a group representing Multinational Companies in China’s Chemical Association.

Mr. Wuttke holds a BA in Business Administration and Economics from Mannheim and studied Chinese in Shanghai 1982 and Taipei 1984-85. A frequent speaker on business and industry issues in China, he co-authored:
“The Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry in China” Springer Publishing Trust (2005);
“Energy Resources Security” Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (2006);
“My 30 years in China” ACA Publishing (2008)
“Gelebte Geschichte - 40 Erfahungen” (2012) CBT China Book Trading
“The Handbook of Chinese Organizational Behavior: Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice” Edgar Elgar Publishing in May 2012.
“ Peter Tichauer; Perspektivenwechsel” (2015) OWC
“The Dark Side of China’s Economic Rise” in "Europe and the World: Global Insecurity and Power Shifts; Helmut K. Anheier and Robert Falkner (eds.); (2017) University of Durham and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd