5. Silicon Valley
Meets Switzerland

Change the world. Make lives better. Create new jobs.

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Change the world. Make lives better. Create new jobs.

Silicon Valley has and is doing all three of the above.

“Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do!”
– Steve Jobs

And while some talk about the challenges (housing costs) and backlash (privacy and monopoly discussions), for us it is absolutely clear that Silicon Valley will remain the place where largest high-tech business success stories and jobs are created and from where new technology and application waves will keep shaping our futures.

We will again bring some of the most visible companies and key people for the first time to Switzerland.

You can expect a firework of stories on high-tech trends with focus on content and relevance.

This event was the first one who brought Silicon Valley to Switzerland and we will continue to do so in the most authentic and innovative way possible - organized by people who have been there and done it actually.

March 28, 2019

Opens: 13:00 Begins: 13:30

Hilton Zürich Airport


This event is initiated by



Welcome Notes

Ralf Haller, President, CEO, High-Tech Connect Suisse &
R. Haller IT Marketing


The Future of Learning and the impact technology will have

Will robots teach us and where will online learning lead to?

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Ralph Eichler, Professor, ETH Zürich


The Future of Learning - Program Details

The Future of Transportation – how autonomous vehicles change our economy and society

When will we see driverless and flying cars?

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Joachim Frick, Partner, Baker & McKenzie Zürich


The Future of Transportation - Program Details

Panel Discussion - “Sorry Europe/Switzerland you have lost the game already.”

Has Europe/Switzerland indeed lost the technology platform business race already?

Philipp Löpfe, Economic Journalist, Watson.ch


More information: Most valuable high-tech platforms of the world.


Welcome Notes

Cyber Security Challenges – views from the CTOs

The Future of Learning and the impact technology will have

The Future of Transportation – how autonomous vehicles change our economy and society

Panel Discussion

Hon. Edward T. McMullen

Ed McMullen was appointed Ambassador of the United States to Switzerland and Liechtenstein in November 2017.

He founded and was the President of McMullen Public Affairs, a corporate advertising and public relations firm based in South Carolina.

Ed also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Family Investment Holding Company focused on real estate development and investment.

His extensive experience with foundations and think tanks include The Heritage Foundation where he served during the Reagan Administration.

He served as President Trump’s campaign chairman in South Carolina and went on to serve in a volunteer capacity on the President-elect’s transition team and as Vice-Chairman of the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

Ed has served on the South Carolina Philharmonic Board of Directors, the South Carolina Preservation Trust, and numerous other community and philanthropic organizations.

The American Swiss Foundation selected him in 1995 to participate in its “Young Leaders” program.

He has traveled throughout Switzerland since his youth.

McMullen holds a B.A. in Political Science from Hampden-Sydney College.

He and his wife Margaret Ann have two children, Thomas and Katherine.

Neil Rimer

Neil co-founded Index Ventures with Giuseppe Zocco and David Rimer in 1996.

Previously he spent 4 years with Montgomery Securities in San Francisco before joining Index Securities in 1990.

He has invested in market-defining companies from across the spectrum including Betfair (LSE: BET), Funding Circle, Climate Corp. (MON), Deliveroo, Last.fm (CBS), MOO and Supercell.

He has served on the board of U.C. Sampdoria, and currently serves on the board of Human Rights Watch.

Ralf Haller

I have been bringing ideas to life for more than 25 years in varying roles such as marketing, project management, and business development. With a focus on I.T., I specialize in helping companies develop products and bring them to market using proven marketing and business development strategies.

I have local and global business development experience, and bring depth to any project that I work on.

I am passionate about bringing together new ideas, high tech, and entrepreneurship. This has led me to teach "Global Innovation Ecosystems" at universities, where we explore how high-tech can breed new ideas in today's world and how it can be marketed globally. It has also led to me create, and head as President, the non-profit "High-Tech Connect Suisse" association, which encourages high-tech business development. I have organized 150+ high-tech business events in Switzerland and organized 15+ trips to Silicon Valley.

If you are interested in what I do and wish to connect with me for business or other opportunities, let's connect.

Dr. Lukas Ruf

Dr. Lukas Ruf is founder and CEO of Consecom AG.

Consecom is specialized in Strategic ICT Security Consulting, and offers support by concept (design), implementation and review (security testing, reviewing and auditing) services.

Lukas completed his master and Ph.D. studies the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich in electrical engineering.

For more than two decades, he has been working as a consultant, architect and auditor in the areas of governance and organization, processes, and technology.

Among others, he is a well-known specialist for end-to-end security, identity and access management as well as information security management.

John Graham-Cumming

John Graham-Cumming is CTO of Cloudflare and is a computer programmer and author. He studied mathematics and computation at Oxford and stayed for a doctorate in computer security. As a programmer, he has worked in Silicon Valley and New York, the UK, Germany, and France. His open source POPFile program won a Jolt Productivity Award in 2004.

He is the author of a travel book for scientists published in 2009 called The Geek Atlas and has written articles for The Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, New Scientist and other publications.

Zeki Tuerdi

Zeki Turedi has extensive experience working within Private Sector, Law Enforcement and Government, consulting on Incident Response, Endpoint and Network cyber security throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa. In his current role as a Technology Strategist for CrowdStrike, Zeki works with organisations to incorporate and streamline Threat Intelligence and Endpoint Protection. Zeki has also contributed to several publications and research papers including “Issues in Cybercrime, Security and Digital Forensics”.

Prof. Dr. Ralph Eichler

Ralph Eichler obtained his doctorate in Physics from ETH Zurich.

After being active as a researcher in the USA (Stanford University in California and LAMPF/Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility in Los Alamos/New Mexico) and Germany (DESY/German Electron Synchrotron, Hamburg), as well as at the Institute for Medium Energy Physics at ETH Zurich and as a project manager at Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), he became a Professor of Physics at ETH Zurich in 1989. His scientific career then took him once again to DESY, this time as spokesman of the international collaboration H1, before he took on leading roles at PSI, firstly as Deputy Director from 1998 to 2002 and then as Director from 2002 to 2007.

From September 2007 to December 2014 Ralph Eichler has been President of ETH Zurich.

Ralph Eichler is member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW) and is Chairman of the Foundation 'Schweizer Jugend Forscht'. In addition, he is a member in the Board of Directors at Belenos Clean Power Holding Ltd. in Biel.

He is member of the Venture Foundation and the Oberwolfach Stiftung.

He is member of the Board of Councillors of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) and member of the International Board of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT).

Prof. Dr. Pierre Dillenbourg

A former teacher in elementary school, Pierre Dillenbourg graduated in educational science (University of Mons, Belgium). He started his research on learning technologies in 1984.

He obtained a PhD in computer science from the University of Lancaster (UK), in the domain of artificial intelligence applications for education. He has been assistant professor at the University of Geneva.

He joined EPFL in 2002. He has been the academic director of Center for Digital Education, which implements the MOOC strategy of EPFL (over 2 million registrations).

He is full professor in learning technologies in the School of Computer & Communication Sciences, where he is the head of the CHILI Lab: "Computer-Human Interaction for Learning & Instruction ». He is the director of the leading house DUAL-T, which develops technologies for dual vocational education systems (carpenters, florists,...).

With EPFL colleagues, he launched in 2017 the Swiss EdTech Collider, an incubator with +75 start-ups in learning technologies In 2018, he co-founded LEARN, the EPFL Center of Learning Sciences that brings together the local initiatives in educational innovation.

Roman Brügger

Roman Bruegger is the Managing Director of the Swiss EdTech Collider, located at EPFL Innovation Park, where he is in charge of supporting a community of +75 ed-tech entrepreneurs and startups as they seek to grow and find partners and customers.

He has more than 20 years of experience in business and management and holds an international MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Before leaving his native Switzerland for California, he worked for several years in the financial industry.

During his time in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, he was involved with the world of education and entrepreneurship, working for an international school, a global SaaS EdTech company and Khan Lab School, a laboratory school associated with Khan Academy.

Karen Undritz

Karen joined Coorpacademy two years ago wanting to be part of supporting companies in their transformation of skills. Instead of avoiding topics such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, management 3.0, she found in Coorpacademy a solution that brought constructive support to the acquisition of skills, in a positive and engaging way.

Active professionally for 10 years, Karen Undritz was fortunate enough to always work at the intersection of the 3 sectors, such as private, academic and public-diplomatic. She worked at swissnex Singapore and Shanghai, in international relations at EPFL and the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne for partnerships with companies and universities.

Today, Karen lives for 8 years in Lausanne, practices 5 languages, loves hiking, skiing and sailing while chairing the Toastmasters Club in Lausanne with 35 members to perfect their public expression.

Dr. Lukas Fässler

Dr. Lukas Fässler is a lecturer at the Department of Computer Science at ETH Zürich.

He obtained a PhD from ETH Zurich in 2008 about Computer-based Tutoring and Online-Learning.

As a lecturer, he teaches over 1000 students a year from Life- and Environmental Sciences in Computer Science.

Together with his team he created a virtual programming laboratory where students solve practical problems using real data from their area of study, which won the KITE-Award at ETH Zurich last year.

James Tuck

Responsible for leading the European Enterprise business at Udacity, the fastest growing learning platform in the world.

Udacity's mission is to democratize education. We're an online learning platform offering groundbreaking education in fields such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, virtual reality, and more. Focused on self-empowerment through learning, Udacity is making innovative technologies such as self-driving cars available to a global community of aspiring technologists, while also enabling learners at all levels to skill up with essentials like programming, web and app development.

Prof. Dr. Joachim Frick

Prof. Dr. Joachim Frick is a partner at Baker & McKenzie and admitted to the bars of Switzerland and New York.

He graduated from the University of Zurich (lic. iur, Dr. iur.) and Yale Law School (LL.M., J.S.D).

After practicing with Baker & McKenzie in Taipei and Chicago, he in 1997 returned to Baker & McKenzie in Zurich and became a partner in 2001.

Joachim specializes in commercial litigation and arbitration and has acted as party counsel in various Swiss and international arbitration proceedings under Swiss, ICC, ad hoc and other arbitration rules.

He regularly represents clients in liability disputes and advises in litigeous and non-litigeous insurance/reinsurance matters.

He heads the Swiss insurance practice of Baker & McKenzie and is a member of the Steering Committee of the European Financial Services Practice of Baker & McKenzie.

He was named leading attorney in insurance and reinsurance matters by specialized publications.

In addition to being a practicing lawyer, he regularly teaches as professor of law (Titularprofessor) at the University of Zurich and is a lecturer in a number of graduate programs.

Timothy Papandreou

Timothy is the founder and CEO of Emerging Transport Advisors providing strategic guidance to companies, investors, startups and governments on the active, shared, electric, connected and automated transport transition.

As the former strategic partnerships manager at Google X and Waymo, he collaborated with teams to prepare the commercialization of the company and set up first-in-kind partnerships to launch the world's first fully self-driving ride hail service in Phoenix, while being fully immersed in automation technology and its implications for the broader society.

He co-founded City Innovate, a smart city platform matching governments, companies, and startups to accelerate innovation through the STIR (startup in residence) program.

As Chief Innovation Officer for San Francisco’s transportation agency, Timothy lead cross-functional teams to deliver high profile initiatives including; the US Smart City Challenge pioneering the Shared, Electric, Connected and Automated vision raising over $200m in technology sector support; the Strategic Work Plan which met its 50% sustainable mode share goal 3 years early; launched major multimodal, shared mobility and mixed-use redevelopment public/private partnership projects; and the Mayor’s Vision Zero traffic safety program.

His unique insights and thought leadership draw from his varied experience and strong track record to join the dots, lead teams, build partnerships and deliver innovation.

Dr. Luuk van Dijk

Luuk is the founder of Daedalean, where he leads a team in the development of autonomous flight software for the electric personal VTOL aircraft of the near future.

He advised a number of international tech start-ups and previously held Senior Software Engineering positions at Google Zürich and SpaceX, where he worked on infrastructure, flight software, and machine learning projects, among others. He holds a PhD in theoretical Physics and has had no formal training in the use or programming of computers.

Ben Wunderman

Benjamin Wunderman currently works in Strategy/M&A at Cruise Automation.

He was formerly an MS student in integrated marketing communications at Northwestern University.

He was also the Competitive Intelligence Manager at Postmates.

Previously, Benjamin earned a BA in political science and philosophy from the University of Melbourne.

His research interests include Austrian economics, public policy, regulatory analysis, state and local policy, technology policy, marketing and advertising, and disruption theory.

He was a Mercatus Center Frederic Bastiat fellow.

Dr. Louay Eldada

Louay Eldada is CEO and co-founder of Quanergy Systems, Inc. Dr. Eldada is a serial entrepreneur, having founded and sold three businesses to Fortune 100 companies.

Quanergy is his fourth start-up. Dr. Eldada is a technical business leader with a proven track record at both small and large companies and with 70 patents, is a recognized expert in quantum optics, nanotechnology, photonic integrated circuits, advanced optoelectronics, sensors and robotics. Prior to Quanergy, he was CSO of SunEdison, after serving as CTO of HelioVolt, which was acquired by SK Energy.

Dr. Eldada was earlier CTO of DuPont Photonic Technologies, formed by the acquisition of Telephotonics where he was founding CTO. His first job was at Honeywell, where he started the Telecom Photonics business and sold it to Corning.

He studied business administration at Harvard, MIT and Stanford, and holds a Ph.D. in optical engineering from Columbia University.

Reto Marta

Reto Marta is Head of Motor Innovation & Transformation at Zurich Insurance.

Reto has more than 22 years of experience as manager and executive on international roles within the automotive, insurance and business intelligence industry working for companies like Swiss Re and BMW.

He has worked on insurance and transportation related topics with focus on mobility, connected cars, autonomous driving and telematics for more than 10 years. At CES 2017, he was responsible for the insurance proposition showcase from Swiss Re for highly automated driving in close cooperation with Microsoft, NXP, Esri and other partners.

With his strong track record, Reto brings a holistic view of the transportation industry and the value chain of car manufacturers. He understands how to develop innovative concepts around the topic of future of transportation.

Reto holds a diploma from the KV Business School Zurich.

Philipp Löpfe

Philipp Löpfe was named Swiss Economic Journalist of the Year in 2012 and 2015.

He works for the online news portal «Watson». He has a Masters degree in Arts (University of Zürich) and an MBA (Universitiy of St. Gallen).

In his long career Mr. Löpfe was editor-in-chief of «Tages-Anzeiger» and «SonntagsBlick».

He has written several books, the most recent one, together with Oliver Fiecheter, is called «Aufstieg der digitalen Stammesgesellschaft» (Ascent of the digital tribal society).

Philipp Löpfe is married and lives in Zürich.


We've set out to build a completely new user experience in the area of news and entertainment on mobile devices.

Our first focus will be Switzerland, especially the German speaking part.

Andy von Bechtolsheim

Andreas Bechtolsheim is a Founder and Chief Development Officer of Arista Networks, a high-speed datacenter and cloud networking company.

Previously, Andy was a Co-Founder and Chief System Architect at Sun Microsystems, responsible for next generation server, storage, and network architectures.

From 1995 to 1996, Andy was CEO and President of Granite Systems, a Gigabit Ethernet Switching startup company he founded that Cisco acquired in September of 1996.

From 1996 to 2003 Andy was General Manager for the Gigabit Systems Business Unit at Cisco System that developed the Cat-4K Switch family, which became the highest volume modular switching platform in the industry.

As a private venture investor, Andy has been involved in the funding of numerous companies including Google, VMware, Mellanox, Brocade, and Magma Design.

He has served on the Board of Directors of 25 companies, the majority of which went public or were acquired.

Andy earned a M.S. in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1976.

He was a doctoral student in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University from 1977 to 1982. He has been honored with a Fulbright scholarship, a German National Merit Foundation scholarship, the Stanford Entrepreneur Company of the year award, the Smithsonian Leadership Award for Innovation, and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Dov Moran

Dov Moran formed M-Systems in 1989, a pioneer in the flash data storage market. The company invented the USB Flash Drive (DiskOnKey), the FlashDisk (DiskOnChip) as well as several other innovative flash data storage devices. Under Moran's leadership, M-Systems grew to $1B revenue within 18 years, and at the end of 2006 it was acquired by SanDisk Corp (NSDQ: SNDK) for $1.6B. This still ranks as the third largest acquisition in Israel's history.

After the sale of M-Systems, Moran founded Modu, an innovative company with a revolutionary modular phone concept, which eventually sold its patents to Google in 2011. These patents are the basis for Google's modular phone project, called Project Ara .

During his time at Modu, Dov was also the chairman of Tower Semiconductor, a developer and manufacturer of semiconductors and integrated circuits. During his tenure, he turned the struggling company around towards profitability. Moran was also chairman of Biomas, a developer of innovative pharmaceuticals.

In 2011, Moran founded Comigo, a company with a vision of revolutionizing the TV viewing experience. The company developed a multi-screen platform for Pay TV operators, redefining personalization, social viewing and engagement. Moran is acting as the chairman of the company.

In the course of his entrepreneurial work, Moran has filed more than 40 patents.

Michael Bornhäusser

Michael Bornhäusser is co-owner and Head of Private Equity, Products & Services.

He has been an entrepreneur for 20 years and has successfully founded, acquired and resold several companies in the internet, telecommunications and media sectors.

He is acting as a member of the Board of Directors in companies in Switzerland and abroad.

Until February 2014, he was president of the i-net innovation network Switzerland and promoting innovation in the cantons of northwestern Switzerland.

Philippe Botteri

Philippe Botteri focuses on SaaS, enterprise and marketplace businesses.

Philippe led Accel’s investments in Docusign, Peopledoc, Qubit, Algolia, Blablacar and Doctolib. He also works closely with the team at Fiverr and Crowdstrike. Prior to joining Accel, Philippe was with Bessemer, where he worked with the firm’s SaaS and Ad Tech investments including Cornerstone OnDemand (public), Eloqua (public) and Criteo (public).

Philippe is from Paris and graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, where he is a member of the Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, and Ecole des Mines. Check out his blog "Cracking the Code"

Stefano Mallè

I am fortunate to live and work my passion for new technologies. As Chief Technology Officer for Switzerland, I work with IT Leaders to help them safely and cost-effectively running their IT on Azure (Apps and Infra) and with Business Leaders to help them understand how the innovation made possible and democratized by the hyper-cloud can help them transforming, and in some cases disrupting, their businesses.

Personally, I am a passionate learner with an engineering background who still loves to open the Azure Portal or writes some lines of code in C# in the free time. Besides my passion for technology, I have a solid record of successes as a business leader and people manager, enjoying hiring talents and coaching them with clarity and transparence. I am strong believer in the “happiness advantage” that I am convinced is one of the key success factors for my achievements as a business leader.


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