Heritage Research Manager, Diriyah Gate Development Authority; stars alumna, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


President, The Brookings Institution; Former U.S. Marine Corps four-star General; Former Commander, NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan; Former Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, Washington DC, United States

John Rutherford Allen assumed the presidency of the Brookings Institution in November 2017, having most recently served as chair of security and strategy and a distinguished fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at Brookings. Allen is a retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and former commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan.

Allen served in two senior diplomatic roles following his retirement from the Marine Corps. First, for 15 months as senior advisor to the secretary of defense on Middle East Security, during which he led the security dialogue for the Israeli/Palestinian peace process. President Barack Obama then appointed Allen as special presidential envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, a position he held for 15 months. Allen’s diplomatic efforts grew the coalition to 65 members, effectively halting the expansion of ISIL. In recognition of this work, he was presented the Department of State Distinguished Honor Award by Secretary John Kerry and the Director of National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Award by Director James Clapper.

During his nearly four-decade military career, Allen served in a variety of command and staff positions in the Marine Corps and the Joint Force. He commanded 150,000 U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan from July 2011 to February 2013. Allen is the first Marine to command a theater of war. During his tenure as ISAF commander, he recovered the 33,000 U.S. surge forces, moved the Afghan National Security Forces into the lead for combat operations, and pivoted NATO forces from being a conventional combat force into an advisory command.

Allen’s first tour as a general officer was as the principal director of Asia-Pacific policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, a position he held for nearly three years. In this assignment, he was involved extensively with policy initiatives involving China, Taiwan, Mongolia, and Southeast Asia. Allen also participated in the Six Party Talks on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and played a major role in organizing the relief effort during the South Asian tsunami from 2004 to 2005.

Beyond his operational and diplomatic credentials, Allen has led professional military educational programs, including as director of the Marine Infantry Officer Program and commanding officer of the Marine Corps Basic School. He twice served at the United States Naval Academy, first as a military instructor, where he was named instructor of the year in 1990, and later as commandant of midshipmen; the first Marine Corps officer to hold this position. Allen was the Marine Corps fellow to the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the first Marine officer to serve as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where today he is a permanent member.

Among his other affiliations, Allen is a senior fellow at the Merrill Center of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. He is an “Ancien” of the NATO Defense College in Rome, and a frequent lecturer there. Allen is the recipient of numerous U.S. and foreign awards.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in operations analysis from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master of Arts in national security studies from Georgetown University, a Master of Science in strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College, and a Master of Science in national security strategy from the National Defense University.


President, Robotics and Discrete Automation, Member of the Group Executive Committee, ABB, Zurich, Switzerland

Sami Atiya joined ABB in June 2016 and prior was with Siemens for 18 years in the US and Europe where he was CEO of the Computer Tomography unit from 2008 to 2011 before serving as CEO of the Mobility and Logistics division, amongst others. Sami Atiya has an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Cambridge, US, a PhD in Electrical Engineering, specializing in robots, sensors and artificial intelligence, University of Wuppertal/Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and Automation, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.


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

  • 2017 – present: Mayor, City of Stein am Rhein
  • 2014 – 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
  • Dipl. Ing. ETH Zurich, Switzerland, PMD Business Harvard School, Boston, USA
  • Concurrently:
    Board Memberships:
    Vetropack Holding AG
    – Jakob & Emma Windler Foundation
    – CGAM Center for Global Account Management
    – University St. Gallen


Chief Information Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) North America and Asia Pacific, Auburn Hills, United States

Mamatha Chamarthi was appointed Chief Information Officer, FCA - North America and Asia Pacific effective April 2019. In this position, Chamarthi oversees all information technology applications and infrastructure in support of business units located in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Asia Pacific.

Previously, Chamarthi was Senior Vice President & Chief Digital Officer for ZF Friedrichshafen AG since 2014. In this position, she was responsible for the Company’s full range of digital strategies and for driving change across the organization, including establishing a global footprint to create a talent ecosystem that will close the technology gap for ZF to be a leader in autonomous driving.

Her work and academic background includes:

  • 2019 - current, Chief Information Officer, FCA - North America and Asia Pacific
  • 2014 - 2019, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer / Chief Digital Officer / Head of India Technology Center, ZF Friedrichshafen AG
  • 2010 - 2013, Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Consumers Energy / CMS Energy
  • 2006 - 2010, Daimler Financial Services
  • 2007, Director, Point of Sale Systems
  • 2006, Manager, Point of Sale Systems
  • 1998 - 2006, Chrysler LLC, DaimlerChrysler
  • 2003, Manager, Volume Planning Systems
  • 2000, Manager, Global E-Business Strategy & Application Development
  • 1998, Project Manager, Post-Merger Technology Integration
  • 1996 - 1998, Senior Consultant, Chrysler Corporation, World Class Technology, Inc.
  • 1993 - 1995, Market Research Analyst, Kalki Group

Chamarthi is a Gartner Research Board and Enterprise 50 member. She has also been recognized as a “Top 25 Finalist for Breakthrough Leaders” by CIO magazine, a “Premier 100 IT Leader” by Computerworld and a “Technology All-Star” by the Women of Color in Technology Institute.

Chamarthi holds a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University (2008), a Master of Science in Computer Science & Software Engineering from Oakland University (2003), a Masters Certificate in Project Management from the George Washington University (2002), a Master of Business Administration from SV University (1995) and a Master of Arts in English from Osmania University (1990).

Chamarthi was born in Hyderabad, India.

Alessandro CURIONI

IBM Fellow, Vice President Europe and Director, IBM Research Zurich, Watson IoT Research Relationship Executive, Rueschlikon, Switzerland

Dr. Alessandro Curioni is an IBM Fellow, Vice President of IBM Europe and Director of the IBM Research Lab in Zurich, Switzerland. On top of being responsible for IBM corporate research in Europe, he coordinates global research in IoT and Security.

Alessandro is an internationally recognized leader in the area of high-performance computing and computational science, where his innovative thinking and seminal contributions have helped solve some of the most complex scientific and technological problems in healthcare, aerospace, consumer goods and electronics. He was a member of the winning team recognized with the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize in 2013 and 2015. His reserch interests now include AI, Big Data and novel compute paradigms, such as neuromorphic and quantum computing.

He received his undergraduate degree in Theoretical Chemistry and his PhD from Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy. Alessandro started at IBM Research – Zurich as a PhD student in 1993 before officially joining as a research staff member in 1998, where he had several research and manager roles, including being the founding manager of the Cognitive Computing and Computational Sciences department. He is a member of the Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences .


CEO and Editor, The Market, Zurich, Switzerland

Mark Dittli is a journalist and author in Zurich, specializing in financial markets and global economics. He is CEO and editor of The Market, a new financial media platform that was launched in April 2019. The Market publishes in-depth analytical and background articles as well as interviews on companies, global industry trends and macroeconomic issues. From 2012 to 2017, Mark was the editor-in-chief of Finanz und Wirtschaft, Switzerland’s leading financial newspaper. Prior to that, he was the editor of the international section of Finanz und Wirtschaft and has spent five years as the U.S. correspondent of the paper in New York, covering economic and monetary policy as well as company issues. Mark has studied business economics in Zurich, journalism in New York and is a CFA charterholder. He is currently pursuing a Masters degree in history at the University of Zurich. Mark is married, has two children and lives in Zurich.

Pablo ERAT

Co-Founding Partner and Board Member, Pioneering Ventures, Mumbai/Zurich

Pablo Erat is a passionate entrepreneur, investor and triathlete with 10 years of venture investment and development experience in India, a 15 years strategy consulting background in Europe and Asia and a strong entrepreneurial track record within various industries.

Pablo is Co-Founding Partner at Pioneering Ventures, one of India’s leading agri-food platforms, specializing in incubating and building large-scale, vertically-integrated agri-food businesses. Together with his business partner and their teams in India and Switzerland, they are focused on fostering inclusive growth in an environmentally sustainable fashion while providing attractive returns for their co-investors.

Since a decade, he has been leading, developing and incubating industrial-scale investments along the entire Indian food supply chain. Today, India presents the largest food supply chain investment opportunity in the world and Pablo is hugely excited about the entrepreneurial opportunities that the country has to offer and the social impact that can be generated. What motivates him to continuously improve and create impact, is the pleasure to work with the best talent in the industry and to have the ability to inspire their leaders to think differently and support them to achieve what most consider unachievable.

Before joining Pioneering Ventures, Pablo incubated and successfully led various companies in the area of consulting, digital commerce, technology, and food processing and became a thought leader within the development transformative strategies and organizational models allowing to improve strategic decision making and foster cultural change, organizational learning and innovation.


Professor Emeritus of Experimental Immunology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) and University Zurich; Member, stars Foundation Board, Zurich, Switzerland

  • since 2008: Professor Emeritus of Experimental Immunology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) and University Zurich
  • 1994 – 2008: Joint Full Professor for Immunology, Medical Faculty University of Zurich, and Department of Biology, ETH Zurich
  • 2000 – 2005: Chairman of the Department of Biology, ETH Zurich
  • 1989: Associate Professor for Exp. Pathology, Medical Faculty, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich
  • 1980: Oberassistent, University Hospital of Zurich, Institute of Pathology, Dept. of Exp. Immunology
  • 1975 – 1980: Member, Basel Institute for Immunology
  • 1973 – 1975: Postdoctoral Fellow, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, England
  • 1964 – 1972: Diploma in Biochemistry and Ph.D. Thesis in Molecular Biology, ETH Zurich
  • Concurrently: Board Member of biotechnology companies and foundations


Chief Customer Officer, Zurich Insurance Company; Former Vice President, Brand Development and Marketing Management, LEGO Group; Board Member of Brandheroes.com and IC Group, Zurich, Switzerland

Conny Kalcher has joined Zurich Insurance Group on July 1, 2019 reporting to the Group CEO. In her role as Chief Customer Officer at Zurich she spearheads the global brand and marketing agenda with a focus on driving customer loyalty and advocacy.

Conny is a member of MindFolio’s Advisory Board and was a Partner from 2018-2019, with responsibility for Visioning and Place Craft projects as well as masterminding MindFolio’s marketing agenda.

She spent much of her career with the LEGO Group, where she held senior global management positions with responsibilities ranging from the development of toys and software to publishing, theme parks, innovation and marketing.

In her final role as Vice President of Brand Development and Marketing Management, Conny was charged with building the LEGO brand across the world. She also led the LEGO Group’s digital and social marketing efforts.

During the LEGO Group’s well-publicized crisis in early 2000, Conny was seconded to take charge of the group’s entire People, Culture & Corporate Communications functions, orchestrating the turnaround HR strategy.

She was born in Denmark and holds a degree in International Marketing. In addition, she has completed executive education programs at Insead, IMD, Harvard and the London Business School.

Conny is a Non-Executive Director of the international fashion company IC-Group and the influencer company Brandheroes. She is a renowned international speaker on subjects of Consumer Engagement, Loyalty and Advocacy.


President, Cantonal Government of Schaffhausen, Switzerland

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 Group President of GIC from 2007 until the end of 2016, after which he was Advisor to GIC's Group Executive Committee until March 2019. 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.

Siong Guan has been a 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.

He was the Head of the Singapore Civil Service from September 1999 to March 2005. Siong Guan 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. Siong Guan 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.

LIU Junguo

Chair Professor, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech); Expert Consultant, UN-Water and UN Environment Programme (UNEP); stars alumnus, Shenzhen, China

  • 2019 – present: Chair Professor, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China
  • 2016 – 2019: Professor, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China
  • 2018 – present: Senior Guest Research Scholar, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria
  • 2009 – 2015: Professor, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China
  • 2007 – 2009: Research Scientist, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), Dübendorf, Switzerland

Markus G. MANZ

Director, Center for Medical Oncology and Hematology, University Hospital Zurich and University Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Markus G. Manz studied medicine, obtained his doctoral degree and completed his medical training in internal medicine, hematology and oncology at the University of Tübingen in Germany. He conducted postdoctoral research at Stanford University Medical School in California, and subsequently established his own research at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine in Bellinzona, Switzerland. In parallel, he worked as an attending physician at the Oncology Institute of Southern Switzerland.

Since 2009, Markus is Professor of Hematology at the Medical Faculty of the University of Zurich and Director of the Department for Medical Oncology and Hematology at the University Hospital of Zurich. He also chairs the Leukemia-, Lymhoma-, and Myeloma-Center of the Comprehensive Cancer Center Zurich. He currently is the acting president of the Swiss Society of Hematology.
His research focuses on healthy hematopoiesis in the context of normal aging and inflammation as well as on hematopoietic malignancies and the improvement of respective treatment options.
Markus published multiple scientific articles, received prestigious research awards, and he advises on national and international organizations for the promotion of research on cancer.


Mayor, City of Schaffhausen, Switzerland


Head, Minsk Dialogue Track-II Initiative; stars alumnus, Minsk, Belarus

  • 2019 – present: Founder and Director, Minsk Dialogue Council on International Relations
  • 2018 – present: Director, Minsk Dialogue Forum on East European security
  • 2015 – present: PhD Researcher, University of Warwick
  • 2014 – 2018: Head, Minsk Dialogue Track-II Initiative


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

  • July 2019 – present: Chairman, PwC Switzerland; Member of the Board, PwC Europe, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2015 – 2018: Markets Leader Assurance/Member Executive Team, PwC Switzerland
  • 2013 – 2015: Leader Assurance Cluster Zurich/Eastern Switzerland, PwC Switzerland
  • 2009 – 2013: Leader Industries Industrial Products/Chemicals/Transport&Logistics/Services, PwC Switzerland
  • 2002: Admission to Partnership
  • 1994: Start at PwC
  • Concurrently
    – Assignments in London, Madagascar, Montreal
    – Client Service Partner for listed and non-listed multinationals
    – Member of the Swiss Oversight Board, PwC Switzerland, since 2011
    – IMD Alumni
    – Zürcher Volkswirtschaftliche Gesellschaft
    – Festspiele Zürich

Christoph SCHMID

Attorney-at-law and Partner, Wenger & Vieli AG, Zurich; Member, stars Foundation Board, Zurich, Switzerland

  • 1986 – present: Wenger & Vieli AG, Attorney-at-law; Partner since 1989
  • 1985: Arnold & Porter, Foreign Associate, Washington DC
  • 1982 – 1984: District Court of Meilen (Zurich)
  • 1979 – 1982: Ringier AG, Legal Department
  • Concurrently: Member of the Board of various companies and foundations in Switzerland


Founder, Smiling Gecko, Cambodia

Swiss artist Hannes Schmid is most sought after for his extraordinary photo-essays. Born in 1946 to Swiss parents, he was trained as an electrician, but found his true calling in photography while travelling on a work trip in South Africa. Largely self-taught, yet a consummate master of the medium, his decades-spanning works are sans pareil unconventional and recognized in various genres of photography.

Photography is Hannes’s way of bearing witness to his curious eye and unwavering determination to seek out the truth. Some of his most recognized works include the iconic Marlboro Man, Rockstars, For Gods Only, and Human Currents which have been exhibited at various galleries and museums. In recent years, he has delved into a variety of art forms to create a provocative body of work, which includes transforming his Marlboro Man onto the canvas and a social sculpture, taking place in Cambodia.

Despite having earned various nominations and awards (including an Honorary Doctorate bestowed on Hannes by the University of Zurich), Hannes belongs to a category of artists that goes beyond the confines of traditional photography. The larger part of his archive now sits in his atelier, waiting to be discovered.


Executive Chairman, stars Foundation, Stein am Rhein, Switzerland

  • 2014 – present: Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of the stars Foundation Board, Weinfelden, Switzerland
  • 2008 – 2014: Chairman and Co-Founder of the stars Foundation Board, Weinfelden, Switzerland
  • 1994 – 2016: Member of the Board of UBS Wolfsberg and Congress Hotel Seepark AG
  • 1994 – 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 – 1994: 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


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.


Director, Schaffhausen Public Transport Operator VBSH, Schaffhausen, Switzerland

  • 2014  present: Director, Schaffhausen Public Transport Operator VBSH, Schaffhausen
  • 2007 – 2014: Head "Global Integrated Quality Management" at Siemens Schweiz AG (Building Technologies Division, International Headquarters)
  • 2002 – 2007: Manager Quality Assurance & HSE (TQM mit Six Sigma) at Bombardier Transportation
  • 1999 – 2002: Division Manager of the Department of Further Education at tbs Frauenfeld-Arbon
  • 1997 – 1999: Head of Construction and Project Leader at Alusuisse Road & Rail, Zürich
  • 1990 – 1997: Designing Engineer and Calculation Engineer at Sulzer Burckhardt AG, Winterthur
  • 1988 – 1990: Stand-by at SLM (Swiss Railway and Machine Factory)


  • 2001 – 2011: Degree in Environment Management, EOQ Quality System Manager, Assessor EFQM Excellence Modell, Six Sigma Black Belt, Risiko Manager, Change Management, General Management
  • 1999 – 2003: Industrial Engineer (FH), Marketing and International Management
  • 1991 – 1996: Degree in Mechanical Engineering (FH)

Bruno is 51 years old, married, has two children and lives with his family in Hettlingen.

Severin SCHWAN

CEO, Roche Group, Basel, Switzerland

Severin Schwan was born in 1967 and is an Austrian citizen. After obtaining a degree in economics and a doctorate in law, he began his career in 1993 at Roche Basel as a finance officer.

Following various management postings to Belgium, Germany and Switzerland, Severin moved to Singapore as regional head of the Roche Diagnostics business for Asia-Pacific in 2004. In 2006 he became CEO of Roche Diagnostics, the Roche Group’s global diagnostics business.

In March 2008 Severin was appointed CEO of the Roche Group and he became a member of the Roche Board in 2013.


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


President, SGO Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland


Head of Strategic Development and Innovation, Grundfos; stars alumnus, Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2017 – present: Head of Strategic Development, Grundfos
  • 2015 – 2017: Leader Innovation Management, Terex Corporation
  • 2012 – 2014: Head of Innovation Management and Strategic Assistant to President & CEO, Sulzer
  • 2008 – 2012: Global Integration Concept Manager, Alstom


  • Executive MBA (Honours/Distinction) International Institute for Management Development (IMD) Lausanne
  • MEng Chemical Engineering (First Class Honours) Imperial College London
  • CAS SDG Investing Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva


WANG Yong, Professor, School of International Studies, Director, Center for International Political Economy, Director, Center for American Studies, Peking University, Beijing

Wang Yong is Professor at the School of International Studies and Director of the Center for International Political Economy and the Center for American Studies at Peking University. He is also Professor at the Party School of the 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 the Munk School of Global Affairs at University of Toronto. Wang has been a consultant of the Asia Development Bank (ADB), Visiting Chevelier Chair Professor at the Institute of Asian Research (IAR) at the University of British Columbia, Member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Global Trade and FDI, Member of Evian Group@IMD's Brains Trust, and Member of Think20 (a Network of G20 Thinktanks).

Wang has published numerous books, book chapters and papers on the topics of Chinese political economy, foreign policy, China-US relations, regional cooperation, international political economy, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and global governance. 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. His book “The Political Economy of China-US Trade Relations” was awarded the first prize for Excellent Social Sciences Works by the Beijing Confederation of Social Scientists in 2008. His recent authored books include “The European Union’s Engagement with Transnational Policy Networks” (2016) and “International Political Economy in China: A Global Conversation” (2015). Wang’s opinions and comments have appeared in media such as CNN, BBC, New York Times, Financial Times, Globe and Mail, NHK, SkyNews, China Central Television (CCTV) and many more.

Wang received his B.A. (1987, Law and International Politics), M.A. (1990, Law and IP), and PhD (1996, Law) from Peking University.

Stephan WIDRIG

CEO, Zurich Airport, Zurich, Switzerland

Stephan Widrig has worked for the airport operator since 1999 and has been CEO with overall responsibility for Flughafen Zürich AG since the beginning of 2015. A Swiss citizen born in 1972, he has been a member of the Management Board since 2008. From 2005 to 2008 Stephan was Chief Financial and Commercial Officer at Bangalore International Airport Ltd. (BIAL) in India and prior to that Head of Real Estate Management at Zurich Airport.


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

Joerg Wuttke is three-term President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC) as well as Vice President and Chief Representative of BASF China, based in Beijing. Since joining BASF in 1997, he has been responsible for helping guide the company’s investment strategies for China, negotiation of large projects and government relations.

Previous to joining BASF, Joerg worked with ABB for 11 years. From 2007 to 2010, and 2014 to 2017 Joerg 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 him to become Chairman of the BIAC China Task Force.

Since its establishment in 2013, Joerg 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, he was Vice Chairman of the CPCIF International Cooperation Committee, a group representing Multinational Companies in China’s Chemical Association.

Joerg holds a BA in Business Administration and Economics from Mannheim and he 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

Sherry XIAN

Chief Data Officer and Partner, iCarbonX, Shenzhen, China

At iCarbonX, Sherry Xian and her colleagues track consumer health changes, using machine learning to analyze data including omics, phenotypes, smart devices, medical records and social profiles, in order to make personalized recommendations to health-related content and solutions. Sherry is also an expert in longitudinal population data tracking and analysis. She worked with President Obama, NASA, leading professors and private institutions in China and the US. Sherry managed several large projects in psychology and neurophysiology funded by the NIH, the NSF and the Sloan Foundation. She is also a TEDx speaker, a LeanIN China mentor and Former Director of the Survey Research Institute, Cornell University.

Sherry received her BA of Applied Psychology from Beijing Normal University, a Ph.D. of Psychology from the University of Chicago and received Post-doctoral training from the Department of Neurobiology, Stanford University.