Soenke BANDIXEN

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

Gilles CARBONNIER

Vice-President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Geneva, Switzerland

Dr. Gilles Carbonnier was elected to the ICRC Assembly in 2017 and he has served as ICRC's Vice-President since April 2018.

Dr. Carbonnier was born in 1965. He holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Neuchâtel and has worked in three main fields over the past 30 years: development economics, humanitarian action and international trade.

Since 2007, Dr. Carbonnier has been a professor of development economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, where he also served as director of studies and president of the centre for education and research in Humanitarian Action. His expertise is in international cooperation, the economic dynamics of armed conflict, and the nexus between natural resources and development. His latest book, published by Hurst and Oxford University Press in 2016, is entitled Humanitarian Economics: War, Disaster and the Global Aid Market.

Prior to joining the Graduate Institute, he spent several years with the ICRC: he worked in the field from 1989 to 1991 as head of sub-delegation in Ethiopia and Iraq and as a delegate in Sri Lanka and El Salvador, then at headquarters from 1999 to 2006 as an economic adviser. He was on the board of directors for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Switzerland from 2007 to 2012.

Between 1992 and 1996, he was in charge of international trade negotiations (GATT/WTO) and development cooperation programmes for the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs.

Calvin GRIEDER

Chairman, Buhler Group; Chairman, Givaudan; Board Member, SGS, Zurich, Switzerland

Calvin Grieder has held various executive positions at Swiss and German companies active in the areas of control technology, automation, and system engineering. In these roles, he was primarily responsible for successfully establishing and expanding international business.

In 2001, Calvin Grieder moved from Swisscom to Bühler Group, where he acted as CEO for 15 years. In February 2014, he was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bühler Group and appointed to the Board of Directors of Givaudan, becoming Chairman of the Board in 2017.

In 2019 he was elected to the Board of Société General de Surveillance (SGS). Other roles of his include Chairman of the Board of Directors of AWK Group, member of the Advisory Board of the ETH, Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, as well as Member of the Board of Trustees of Avenir Suisse. Calvin Grieder has a Master of Science from ETH Zurich and has completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at Harvard University. He is a citizen of Switzerland and was born 1955 in the USA.

Tobias HUBER

Global Head, Energy Services and Performance Contracting, Siemens Building Technologies; Member, Corporate Advisory Board, World Green Building Council; stars Alumnus, Zug, Switzerland

Martin KESSLER

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.

Peter NEUKOMM

Mayor, City of Schaffhausen, Switzerland

Christine NOVAKOVIC

CEO and Head Wealth Management, UBS Europe, Frankfurt, Germany

Career

  • since 09/2019 Chief Executive Officer UBS Europe SE, UBS, Frankfurt
  • since 2011 UBS, Zurich
  • since 01/2020 Head Wealth Management Europe
  • 2018 - 01/2020 Head Wealth Management EMEA
  • 2014 – 01/2018 Head Investment Bank Switzerland
  • 2011 – 01/2018 Head Corporate & Institutional Clients
  • 2011 – 01/2018 Member of the Executive Committee, UBS Switzerland
  • 2007 – 2010 Founder/Owner, CNB, Art Dealer and Business Consultant, Zurich
  • 2006 – 2007 Art Dealer, Barr & Ochsner, Zurich, New York
  • 2005 Member of the Group Executive Committee; Head of Private Banking, Retail Banking, Real Estate Retail, Asset Management; Chairman DAB, HypoVereinsbank, Munich
  • 1996 – 2004 Citibank, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Düsseldorf
  • 2001 – 2004 CEO of Citibank’s Consumer and Retail Bank in Germany, Citibank Privatkunden, Düsseldorf
  • 1999 – 2001 Head Corporate Finance Asia, Citibank, Hong Kong
  • 1999 – 2001 Member of the Executive Committee, Citibank, Frankfurt
  • 1997 – 2001 Global Head of Warrants and Plain Vanilla Derivatives, Citibank, Frankfurt/Hong Kong
  • 1996 – 1998 Head Treasury Western Europe, Citibank N.A. (New York), Frankfurt
  • 1992 – 1996 Chairman of the Management Committee Debt/Treasury; Chief of Staff to the CEO Germany; Head Treasury; Trader Money Market, FRAs and Futures, UBS, Frankfurt
  • 1990 – 1991 Trader Fixed Income, Dresdner Bank, Milan, Frankfurt

Education

  • 1990 Business administration, University “Luigi Bocconi”, Milan
  • 1984 Superior degree IIEF, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg

Pamela OHASHI

Co-Director, Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research; Senior Scientist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre; Professor, Departments of Medical Biophysics and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada

Dr. Ohashi received her PhD from the University of Toronto with Dr. Tak Mak, and did her post-doctoral training at the University of Zurich with the Nobel Laureate Dr. Rolf Zinkernagel, and Dr. Hans Hengartner. She is the Co-Director of the Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research, Senior Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and Professor in the Departments of Medical Biophysics and Immunology at the University of Toronto. She is also the Director of the Tumor Immunotherapy Program at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

Dr. Ohashi’s research interests involve understanding T cell tolerance, strategies to promote tissue specific immune responses and translating these findings in clinical trials.

Dr. Ohashi has received a number of prestigious awards and honors including the American Association of Immunologists (AAI) Pharmingen Investigator Award, the National Cancer Institute of Canada’s William E. Rawls Award, The Canadian Society of Immunology’s Investigator Award as well as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair. She previously served as the Chair of the Cancer Immunotherapy Steering Committee of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), and also previously served on the Board of Directors of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC). She has also been elected as a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

Bertrand PICCARD

Initiator and Chairman, Solar Impulse Foundation, Lausanne, Switzerland

Bertrand Piccard is the initiator and visionary behind Solar Impulse, the very first airplane capable of flying perpetually without fuel. It is in his DNA to go beyond the obvious and achieve the impossible. As part of a legendary dynasty of explorers and scientists who conquered the heights and depths of our planet, he made history by accomplishing two firsts in aviation, circumnavigating the globe in a solar-powered airplane and before that non stop in a balloon. The ocean depths and the stratosphere attracted his father and grandfather; the challenges of our time fascinate him. With his dual identities as medical doctor and explorer, Bertrand has become an influential voice as a forward thinking leader for progress and sustainability and a renowned
inspirational speaker. Following his pioneering spirit in favor of the cause of renewable energies and clean technologies, he has now set off to select and label 1000 solutions that protect the environment in a profitable way and will then embark on a third round-the-world journey to deliver those solutions to decision-makers, encouraging them to adopt more ambitious environmental targets and energy policies.

Petra RUMPF

Executive Vice President, Global Head Dental Service Organizations, Member of the Executive Management Board, Straumann Group, Basel, Switzerland

Hannes SCHMID

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.

Mark SCHNEIDER

CEO, Nestlé, Vevey, Switzerland

 

Career

  • 2017 Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé S.A., Vevey, Switzerland
  • 2003 - 2016 Chief Executive Officer, Fresenius Group, Bad Homburg, Germany
  • 2001 - 2003 Chief Financial Officer, Fresenius Medical Care, Bad Homburg, Germany
  • 1989 - 2001 Haniel Group
    • Chief Financial Officer, Gehe UK plc
    • Vice President Business Development North America
    • Various senior executive positions, Halfen GmbH
    • Assistant to Haniel Group Executive Board

 

Education

  • 1993 Harvard Business School - MBA, with distinction
  • 1992 University of St. Gallen - Ph.D. (Dr. oec.)
  • 1988 University of St. Gallen - Lic. oec. degree in Finance and Accounting

 

Mandates

  • Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cereal Partners Worldwide
  • Member of the Board of the Consumer Goods Forum
  • Member, Board of Trustees and International Business Council, World Economic Forum - WEF
  • Member, IMD Foundation Board
  • Non-executive Director of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (2014 - 2017)

Toni SCHOENENBERGER

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

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.

Roland SIEGWART

Professor of Autonomous Systems, ETH Zurich; Founding Co-Director, Wyss Zurich; Member, stars Scientific Board, Zurich, Switzerland

Roland Siegwart (1959) is full Professor of Autonomous Systems at ETH Zurich since July 2006 and Founding Co-Director of the Wyss Zurich. From January 2010 to December 2014, he took office as Vice President Research and Corporate Relations in the ETH Executive Board. He is member of the board of directors of various companies, including Komax and NZZ.

He received his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 1983 and his Doctoral Degree in 1989 from ETH Zurich. He brought up a spin-off company, spent ten years as professor at EPFL Lausanne (1996 – 2006) and held visiting positions at Stanford University and NASA Ames.

He is and was the coordinator of multiple European projects and co-founder of half a dozen spin-off companies. He is IEEE Fellow, recipient of the IEEE RAS Inaba Technical Award and officer of the International Federation of Robotics Research (IFRR). He is in the editorial board of multiple journals in robotics and was a general chair of several conferences in robotics including IROS 2002, AIM 2007, FSR 2007 and ISRR 2009.

Roland Siegwart’s research interests are in the design and control of robot systems operating in complex and highly dynamical environments. His major goal is to find new ways to deal with uncertainties and enable the design of highly interactive and adaptive autonomous robots. Prominent application examples are personal and service robots, autonomous micro-aircrafts, walking and swimming robots and driver assistant systems. Furthermore, he is a strong promotor of innovation and entrepreneurship in Switzerland.

Mona SUTPHEN

Senior Advisor, The Vistria Group; Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy in the Obama Administration; Member, stars International Board, New York, United States

Mona Sutphen has over 20 years’ experience advising multinational corporate, philanthropic, and institutional investors on the intersection of geopolitics, policy, and markets.

She is a senior advisor at The Vistria Group, a Chicago-based private equity firm. Previously, she was a Partner at Macro Advisory Partners (MAP), where she led the firm’s US practice advising clients on emerging risks and opportunities across a range of sectors including energy/environment, technology, trade, sanctions, national security and fiscal policy matters, and related regulation. Prior to joining MAP, Ms. Sutphen was managing director at UBS AG, where she developed new tools for political risk evaluation impacting capital markets.

From 2009–2011, she served as White House deputy chief of staff for policy for President Obama, where she advanced the policy and regulatory agenda on a range of issues, including technology, telecom, trade, small business, and housing/GSE reform.

Previously, Ms. Sutphen was managing director at Stonebridge International, and earlier led regulatory strategy for Currenex, the first Internet-based institutional foreign exchange trading platform.

From 1991–2000 Ms. Sutphen was a career diplomat, serving on the staff of the National Security Council during the Clinton administration and the U.S. Mission to the UN, among other posts. She also served on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ms. Sutphen is an Independent Director for Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE: PXD) and Pattern Energy (NASDAQ: PEGI), and serves on the Boards of the International Rescue Committee and Human Rights First, as well as on the advisory board of the Center for Global Energy Policy at Columbia University.

Ms. Sutphen is a Trustee of Mount Holyoke College, and co-author of The Next American Century. She holds BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MSc from the London School of Economics.

Valentin VOGT

Chairman, Swiss Employer’s Confederation; Chairman, Kistler Holding; Board Member, Bucher Industries, Winterthur, Switzerland

 

Professional background

  • Since 2011 Self-employed, Switzerland
  • 2000 – 2011 CEO, Burckhardt Compression Group, Switzerland
  • 1992 – 2000 General Manager, Sulzer Metco AG, Switzerland
  • 1989 – 1992 CFO, Sulzer Metco Division, Switzerland
  • 1986 – 1989 CFO, Alloy Metals, USA
  • 1985 – 1986 Controller, Sulzer AG, Switzerland

 

Other activities and commitments

  • Chairman of the Swiss Employer's Confederation, Switzerland
  • Chairman of the Board, Kistler Holding AG, Switzerland
  • Board member, Bucher Industries AG, Switzerland
  • Board member, Ernst Göhner Stiftung Beteiligungen AG, Switzerland
  • Member of the Economic Advisory Board, Swiss National Bank, Switzerland

Patrick WARNKING

Country Director, Google Switzerland, Zurich, Switzerland

Patrick Warnking is the Country Director of Google Switzerland since January 2011.

From 2007 to 2011 Patrick was Google Industry Leader in Germany for the industries Local, Media & Entertainment and Public. Together with his team his focus was to help clients from gaming, movie, music, TV, publishing and classified to scale business via digital. Clients like Bigpoint, Gameforge and Groupon have been scaled to up to 50 countries in less than 18 months.

Prior to Google Patrick for 9 years was leading sales teams for Entertainment and digital advertising sales of ProSiebenSat Media, the largest TV Group in Germany. His roles included Head of Sales, Director Sales, Commercial Director.

Patrick Warnking began his career with an apprenticeship at the WGZ Bank in Düsseldorf, followed by an Economics study at the University of Saarbrücken and an MBA at Steinbeis University Berlin / Bocconi University of Milan / Stern University in New York City.

Urs WIETLISBACH

Partner, Co-Founder and Member of the Board of Directors, Partners Group, Zug, Switzerland

Urs Wietlisbach is the Co-Founder of Partners Group. He is an executive member of Partners Group Holding AG’s Board of Directors, based in Zug. Urs Wietlisbach is Chairman of the Board's Client Oversight Committee and a member of its Strategy Committee.

He is a Board Observer of the Board of Directors of the firm’s current portfolio company KR Group, UK. He is also a Board member of PG Impact Investments AG and a member of the Board of Trustees of PG Impact Investments Foundation, a foundation that focuses on impact investing globally. In addition, he is a member of the Boards of Directors of Entrepreneur Partners AG, a Swiss asset manager, and PG3 AG, Switzerland, the family office of the founders of Partners Group, and a member of the Board of Trustees of HSG Foundation, the foundation of the University of St. Gallen. He is also an advisory Board member of Swiss Startup Factory AG, an independent organization that supports and finances startups. Prior to founding Partners Group, he worked at Goldman Sachs & Co. and Credit Suisse.

He has 31 years of industry experience and holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of St. Gallen (HSG), Switzerland.

Joerg WUTTKE

Chief Representative, BASF China; President, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC); 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, 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.

Besides BASF, Wuttke is three-term President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC). Wuttke previously served as President from 2007-2010 and from 2014-2017, and he took up his third term in 2019.

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.

Wuttke 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” CBT China Book Trading (2012)
  • “The Handbook of Chinese Organizational Behavior: Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice” Edgar Elgar Publishing (2012)
  • “Peter Tichauer; Perspektivenwechsel” OWC (2015)
  • “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.); University of Durham and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd (2017)

ZHANG Tuosheng

Chairman, Academic Committee, Director, Center for Foreign Policy Studies, China Foundation for International and Strategic Studies (CFISS), Beijing, China

Dr. Zhang is a Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Academic Committee and the Director of the Center for Foreign Policy Studies at the China Foundation for International and Strategic Studies (CFISS). His work at CFISS includes organizing and coordinating academic and policy research. Previously, he was the Deputy Defense Attache at the Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom, a Research Fellow in the Institute of Strategic Studies of PLA National Defense University, and a drillmaster at PLA Military College. His main research interests are Sino-US relations, Sino-Japan relations, Asia-Pacific security, security crisis management and China’s foreign policy. Dr. Zhang received an M.A. in modern Chinese history from the Central Party School of the Chinese Communist Party.