Speakers and Moderators

Rocio ABUD

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

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

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

Amit CHATTERJEE
Amit CHATTERJEE

Chairman, Open Systems; Entrepreneur, Engineering Capital, San Francisco, United States

Amit Chatterjee is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Engineering Capital. He is a SaaS/Cloud executive with broad technology, sales and business development expertise. He focuses on early to late stage investment opportunities in enterprise cloud, including SaaS, mobile-first business applications, B2B marketplaces, VR, AI, and machine learning in the enterprise, and industry cloud solutions across many verticals.

As a technology executive, Amit brings a combination of entrepreneurship and leadership at both large and early stage companies. He has created and led 4 companies (two VC backed) and sold three of them (one is independent). The largest of the SaaS companies was delivering $45 mil in SaaS revenue at time of exit. In addition, he had been at Fortune 500 companies as well, most recently running a $1.9 billion dollar P&L for CA Technologies. Prior to that he was at SAP, and led business from $250 mil to a $1 billion. Before that he was running sales and business development at Excite@Home after his company was acquired by them. He spent time at McKinsey & Co. as well to round out his skills around finance, corporate strategy and business operations.

https://www.open.ch/en/about/team/amit-chatterjee.php

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.

Yves DACCORD
Yves DACCORD

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

Yves Daccord, born in 1964, holds a B.A. in political science. A former journalist, he joined the ICRC in 1992 and worked in Israel and the occupied and autonomous territories, Sudan, Yemen, the northern Caucasus and Georgia. He returned to ICRC headquarters in 1997 to take up the post of deputy head of the Division for the Promotion of International Humanitarian Law. In 1998 he was appointed head of the Communication Division and then director of Communication in 2002, a post he held until his appointment as director-general in 2010.

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

Public Policy Country Lead Switzerland, Uber, Zurich, Switzerland

Jan JENISCH
Jan JENISCH

Group 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. 

https://las.inf.ethz.ch/krausea

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 started to play the violin at the age of six. She graduated at the State Music School named after Mieczysław Karłowicz in Zielona Góra. In 2008 she began studying at the General Music School, Henryk Wieniawski in Poznań (under Prof. Jadwiga Kaliszewska ). In 2016 she represented Poland at the 25th Lion's European Music Competition in Sofia. Currently she is studying at the Academy of Music in Poznań.

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.

https://www.alixpartners.com/our-professionals/beatrix-morath/

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

Chairman, Zurich Airport, Zurich, Switzerland

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

CEO, Trapeze Group, Schaffhausen, Switzerland

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.

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.

WANG Yong
WANG Yong

Professor, School of International Studies, Director, Center for International Political Economy, Peking University, Beijing, China

Yong Wang is Professor at School of International Studies, and the Director of the Center for International Political Economy, Peking University. He is also Professor at Party School of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, President-Appointed Professor for the HKSAR Senior Civil Servants Training Program on Chinese Affairs at Peking University, and Distinguished Fellow of Munk School of Global Affairs at University of Toronto. A former consultant of the Asia Development Bank (ADB), and Visiting Chevelier Chair Professor at the Institute of Asian Research(IAR), University of British Columbia(UBC)(2015-2016). Member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Global Trade and FDI, Commissioner of the First Murdoch Commission(on Australia and Asian regional integration), Asia Society Regional Trade Architecture Commission, Evian Group@IMD's Brains Trust, and the Member of Board of Directors at Center for Regional Security Studies at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Senior Fellow with Center for International Governance Innovation(CIGI), Non Resident Fellow of TRENDS Research in UAE, Senior Fellow with Renmin University Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies(RDCY), Academic Committee Member of Pangoal Institution, and Member of Think20 (a Network of G20 Thinktanks). He is the Selected Member, Ministry of Education of China New Century Outstanding Talents Support Program, 2008. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Global Asia, the Journal of Global Governance, the Journal of Contemporary Politics and the Journal of Human Security.

Yong Wang received his B.A. (1987, Law and International Politics), M.A. (1990, Law and IP), and PhD (1996, Law) from Peking University. He joined the faculty of Peking University School of International Studies in 1990. Wang studied at the Nanjing Center of the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the Johns Hopkins University, 1988-1989. He was a visiting scholar at University of California San Diego, 1994-1995; a joint visiting fellow at Pacific Council on International Policy (PCIP) and University of Southern California, 1999; and a visiting scholar at National Chengchi University, Taiwan (July-August 2002), Indiana University Bloomington (July 2011), the Waterloo Canada-based Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI, August 2011), the University of Sheffield (June-July 2014) and the University of British Columbia (August-September 2014).

He has published numerous papers and book chapters in Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean and Spanish, on the topics of Chinese political economy, foreign policy, China-US relations, regional cooperation, international political economy, World Trade Organization (WTO) and global governance. His authored book - the Political Economy of China-US Trade Relations - was awarded the first prize for Excellent Social Sciences Works, by the Beijing Municipal Government and the Beijing Confederation of Social Scientists, 2008.

Prof. Yong WANG has been invited to speak before or attend conferences organized by some international institutions (including Harvard University, Stanford University, University of California Los Angeles, Tokyo University, etc.). His opinion or comments have appeared in medias such as CNN, BBC, New York Times, Financial Times, Globe and so on. He was a speaker at Think20 meetings under the Russian, Australian and Turkish G20 presidency.

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