Chief Sustainability and Innovation Officer, Holcim, Zug, Switzerland

Magali started working as a field engineer on offshore oil rigs in Nigeria, beginning a 27-year career in oil and gas. She spent the majority of her career with Schlumberger, holding operational line management positions including CEO, Angola; and Region Head, Europe. She has also held several functional roles, including Vice President, Marketing & Sales; Vice President, Shared Services Organization for the Europe and Africa region; and Global Head of Maintenance.

She joined Holcim as Group Head of Health & Safety in 2016, before becoming Chief Sustainability Officer in 2019. In 2021, the Group announced the expansion of Magali’s role to Chief Sustainability and Innovation Officer, putting sustainability at the core of its innovation pipeline.

Magali graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from INSA Lyon. She is a French national and was born in 1967.


Chairman, Supervisory Board, Robert Bosch GmbH; Managing Partner, Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG (RBIK), Stuttgart, Germany

Stefan Asenkerschbaumer has been chairman of the supervisory board of Robert Bosch GmbH and managing partner of Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG since January 1, 2022.

Born in Burghausen in 1956, Stefan Asenkerschbaumer is married and has two children. After a commercial apprenticeship and military service, he was awarded a degree in business education at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in 1982, and a further degree in business administration in 1984. These degrees were followed by a PhD on the subject of innovation management in companies. In 2017, the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg appointed him honorary professor. Since 2019, he has been president of the Schmalenbach-Gesellschaft für Betriebswirtschaft (Schmalenbach society for business administration). Since January 1, 2022, he has been a member of the board of trustees of the American Academy Berlin and a trustee of the ESMT foundation.


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 U.S. ambassador to NATO from 2009-2013. Prior to his appointment as ambassador by President Obama, Ivo was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution. He also served as director for European affairs on President Clinton’s National Security Council staff from 1995-1997. Ivo holds a PhD in political science from MIT and he is the author and editor of 10 books, including “The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership” (2018).


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.

Claudia FLURY

Chief Risk Officer, Zurich Schweiz; stars Alumna, Zurich, Switzerland

Claudia Flury has been Chief Risk Officer of Zurich Switzerland since May 2020. Prior to this, she held various management positions at the Zurich Group, amongst others within the Group Audit and most recently as Head of Planning and Performance Management of Zurich Switzerland. She started her career with PwC in 2002 and worked as an auditor in Switzerland and London before joining the Zurich Group in 2012. Claudia Flury holds a Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management from the Swiss Hospitality Management School in Lausanne (EHL) and is a certified public accountant.


Group Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Grundfos Holding, Bjerringbro, Denmark

Member of Group Management from 2019, appointed Group Executive Vice President in 2019 with responsibility for Global Segments, Marketing & Communication, and from 2021 with responsibility for Sales & Marketing.

Before joining Grundfos, Ulrik has worked for the LEGO Group (1994-2019) in various innovation and marketing leadership positions in Denmark, Switzerland and United Kingdom. Latest as Executive Vice President and Chief Business Transformation Officer.

Education: M.Sc. Business Administration & Economics, Aarhus Business School, Denmark; Executive leadership programs at IMD, Switzerland and MIT, USA.

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.

Stefan MAIR

Director, German Institute for International and Security Affairs; Executive Chairman, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin, Germany


Photo: © N.Ackermann-GVA-June2022

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

Robert Mardini was appointed Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in March 2020. As head of the ICRC’s executive body, he is responsible for steering the organisation’s global humanitarian activities and its 20,000 staff in more than 100 countries, with a yearly budget of over USD 2.5 billion.

Holder of a master’s degree in civil engineering and hydraulics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Robert began his ICRC career in 1997 coordinating programmes in Rwanda and Iraq before going on to lead the Water & Habitat unit.

Since then he has fulfilled a variety of high level positions at the heart of the organisation, notably Deputy Director-General (2010-2012), Regional Director for the Near & Middle East (2012-2018) and Permanent Observer to the United Nations and Head of Delegation in New York (2018-2020).

Robert is a dual Lebanese-Swiss citizen. He is married and has two daughters.


Mayor, City of Schaffhausen, Switzerland

born July 6, 1962
living in Schaffhausen, Switzerland
married, 3 children (21, 27, 29)

Professional and Political Career:

  • lawyer (lic. iur. = LLM)
  • 1991- 2012 examining magistrate and public prosecutor
  • Member of the Social Democratic Party
  • 1993 - 2008 member of the parliament of the City of Schaffhausen
  • 2009 - 2014 member of the City Councel of Schaffhausen
  • 2013 member of parliament of the canton of Schaffhausen
  • 2015 mayor


Member of the Managing Board, CEO Smart Infrastructure, Siemens, Zug, Switzerland


Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors, VZ Group, Zurich, 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 (
  • 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


Assistant Professor, Dublin City University; Director, Ireland India Institute; stars Alumna, Dublin, Ireland

Dr Jivanta Schoettli is Assistant Professor in Indian Politics and Foreign Policy at Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland and Director of the Ireland India Institute at DCU. Earlier, she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), Singapore and prior to that, interim professor for Indian politics at the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University in Germany.

Jivanta conducts research on India’s maritime diplomacy, contributions to maritime governance in the Indian Ocean and strategic engagement in the Indo-Pacific.

Her publications include Maritime Governance in South Asia (Ed.) World Scientific, Singapore, 2018 and Power, Politics and Maritime Governance in the Indian Ocean (ed) Routledge, London 2014. Her 2012 book, Vision and Strategy in Indian Politics. Jawaharlal Nehru’s Policy Choices and the Designing of Political Institutions, published by Routledge, London, analysed the position taken by India’s first prime minister on key national debates about secularism, economic development and foreign policy and the implications of his policy choices.

Jivanta has written articles for Asian Survey, India Review, ISAS, Journal of Asian Public Policy, Journal of the Indian Ocean Region and Irish Studies in International Affairs.

She holds a PhD (Summa cum Laude) from Heidelberg University, Germany, and an MSc in Economic History and a BSc in International Relations and History, both from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Member, Board of Directors and Co-Owner, Hinderer Holding; stars alumnus, Oetwil am See, Switzerland


Professor for Mucosal Immunology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Emma Slack is an Full Professor for Mucosal Immunology in the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Health (D-​HEST) ETH Zurich. Her group develops mthodologies to study the within-​host population dynamics of intestinal bacteria and applies these to better understand interactions between diet, the immune system and the intestinal microbiota.

Emma Slack studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, UK. She did her PhD thesis (2003-​2006) with Caetano Reis e Sousa at the London Research Institute (CRUK), studying pattern recognition receptor signaling. From 2007-​2011, she worked in the group of Prof Andrew Macpherson, first at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, and then at the University of Bern, Switzerland. During this time, she focused on host-​microbiota mutualism in conditions of innate immune deficiency in mice and in clinical settings. From 2011-​2018, Emma was an Ambizione fellow (SNF) in the group of Wolf-​Dietrich Hardt at the ETH Zürich. During this time, she focused on the function of adaptive immunity in controlling intestinal bacteria. She received the ETH Latsis prize 2017 for her work on understaning the mechanism of action of intestinal antibodies. Since joining ETH she has also played a large part in establishing germ-​free and gnotobiotic animal facilities. The Mucosal Immunology group works on understanding the mechanistic links between intestinal bacteria, immunity and metabolism, with a major focus on developing new tools and methodologies.


Minister of Finance, Member, Cantonal Government of Schaffhausen, Switzerland

• Doctorate in Law (Dr. iur.), Attorney at Law, studied law at the Universities of Fribourg and Exeter (UK) -

• Member of the Cantonal Government and Head of the Finance Department of the Canton of Schaffhausen

• 2022 President of the Government of the Canton of Schaffhausen

Political career

Since 2018
Director of Finance and Security for the Canton of Schaffhausen

Since 2019
President of the Conference of Cantonal Justice and Police Directors of Eastern Switzerland

Member of the Grand City Council oft he City of Schaffhausen

Member of the Citizens’ Council of the City of Schaffhausen

Vice President of the Swiss People’s Party (SVP Switzerland)

Deputy Federal Judge

Judge of the Schaffhausen Cantonal Supreme Court

Relevant affiliations (as at 25th September 2022)

• Member of the Bank Council of the Swiss National Bank
• Member of the Board of the Conference of Cantonal Finance Directors, Berne
• Member of the Conference of Cantonal Justice and Police Directors, Berne
• Member of the Intergovernmental Conference on Issues relating to Military, Civil Protection and Fire Services, Berne
• Member of the Penal Law Commission of the Conference of Cantonal Justice and Police Directors, Berne
• Representative for the Canton of Schaffhausen in the Conference of Cantonal Governments, Berne
• Member of the Management Board at Swisslos Interkantonale Landeslotterie Genossenschaft, Basel
• Member of the Board of Directors at Schweizer Salinen AG, Pratteln
• President of the Conference of Cantonal Justice and Police Directors of Eastern Switzerland, St Gallen
• Member of the Conference of Cantonal Finance Directors of Eastern Switzerland, St Gallen
• President of the Administrative Commission for the Buildings Insurance of the Canton of Schaffhausen, Schaffhausen


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


Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer, BioNTech, Mainz, Germany

Dr. Özlem TÜRECI, Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of BioNTech, is a highly accomplished physician, immunologist and translational cancer researcher with substantial clinical experience and interdisciplinary knowledge. Dr. Türeci has helped lead the development of mRNA-based vaccine and cancer antigens as well as individualized immunotherapies currently in clinical development, playing a key role in establishing a new class of drugs with the potential to fighting cancer and preventing infectious diseases. She played a crucial role in BioNTech’s “Project Lightspeed,” overseeing the clinical development of the first mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine, an historic achievement completed in less than one year. Dr. Türeci previously served as CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Ganymed Pharmaceuticals AG, which was acquired by Astellas in 2016. She currently serves as President of the Association for Cancer Immunotherapy in Germany. She is a recent recipient of the German Sustainability Award, among other notable recognitions.


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



Senior Vice President Global Head Customer Development, Kuehne+Nagel; stars Alumna, Schindellegi, Switzerland