5. Silicon Valley
Change the world. Make lives better. Create new jobs.
Will we ever gain back full control of the Internet and our IT networks?
Moderator: Dr. Lukas Ruf
Video on demand (VOD) – market and business model insights
Hans-Jörg Dohrmann, Investment Partner, Scail Capital
Will robots teach us and where will online learning lead to?
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Ralph Eichler, Professor, ETH Zürich
When will we see driverless and flying cars?
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Joachim Frick, Partner, Baker & McKenzie Zürich
What happens when energy is free?
Leo Keller, CEO, Blue Ocean Semantic Web Solutions
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.
Cyber Security Challenges – views from the CTOs
The Future of Internet as a business platform
The Future of Learning and the impact technology will have
The Future of Transportation – how autonomous vehicles change our economy and society
Large-scale Energy Storage – the power plant of the future
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.
In 2001 she was President of the School of Architecture Students’ Association and by 2002 she was already the youngest member to be elected in the Thessaloniki City Council. She is also actively involved with the “Love 146” movement, an international organisation against child slavery and exploitation and a member of “Panagia Soumela” foundation.
In the 2007 national elections she was elected as a member of the Hellenic Parliament for the first district of Thessaloniki. In 2004 national elections she was the youngest candidate standing.
During her term in Parliament, Eva has served as a member of the following Parliamentary Committees: Standing Committee on Cultural and Educational Affairs, Standing Committee on National Defence and Foreign Affairs and Special Permanent Committee of Greeks Abroad. She is also a member of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean. She has represented Greece in a host of international conferences and special missions abroad.
She obtained her undergraduate degree in architecture and engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In 2008, she was awarded a Master of Arts in International Relations by the University of Piraeus, Department of International and European Studies. Eva is currently studying towards a PhD in International Political Economy with the same university. She also took courses in Basic Principles of Economics at Harvard University in 2012.
From 2004 to 2007 Eva worked as a journalist and anchorwoman for Mega Channel, one of the most important TV channels in Greece. She also studied journalism in Workshop for Professional Journalism, a private college in Athens before becoming a member of the Journalists’ Association of Athens.
Eva’s father, Alexandros Kailis, is an Istanbul-born mechanical and electrical engineer. Her mother, Maria Ignatiadou, of Asia Minor Greek descent, grew up in Imathia. Eva has a younger sister, Mantalena, who is a lawyer.
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.
My more than two decades work experience has spanned various marketing, project management and business development roles, based on my training as an electrical engineer and masters in Telecommunication Systems (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology).
My career started while at university, when I took an assistant role in the USA. Later, I worked as an IT project manager for large key account clients at CompuNet in Munich and also worked in Hong Kong supporting the Asian region.
This prompted my move to Silicon Valley where I lived for many years, working as a Product Manager for successful startups building some of the first data communication equipments in the market. (first gigabit ethernet router/switch)
Since 2001, I provide product marketing and business development support and have organised different high-tech business events in Switzerland.
I am the organiser of about 15 per year national and international high-tech trends, innovation, entrepreneurship and technology business events in Switzerland, among them:
+ Silicon Valley meets Switzerland, svms-event.ch
+ Startup-Nation Israel meets Switzerland, startup-nation.ch
+ Chinese-Swiss High-tech Summit, china-innovation.ch
I am also the founder and president of the first - not for profit - "High-Tech Connect suisse" association encouraging and inspiring high-tech business development.
I started teaching the course "Global Innovation Ecosystems" and others at universities and look forward doing more of these as I love sharing and discussing with smart minds of all ages and cultures.
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 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 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”.
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).
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 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.
Jean-Marc is co-founder of Coorpacademy, a growing force in the provision of user-centric corporate digital learning solutions, based in Lausanne, London and Paris. He leads now the international development of the company.
A former CEO of Google France and SFR Grand Public, Jean-Marc left behind world-leading corporations to pursue his entrepreneurial ambitions in a sector he has a real passion for: training to improve employability and businesses’ competitiveness.
Hans Dohrmann ist Investment Partner bei Scail Capital.
Er ist verantwortlich für die Identifikation spannender Startups und deren gesamtheitliche Betreuung während/nach der Investition.
Hans hat in den vergangenen 13 Jahren sowohl in-house startups für Grosskonzerne, als auch eigene Unternehmungen zusammen mit Mitgründern erfolgreich im Markt platziert.
Vor seiner Zeit als Unternehmer arbeitete der promovierte Wirtschaftsjurist in verschiedenen Rollen (Strategy, Business Development etc.) bei führenden internationalen Unternehmen.
Privat ist er ein begeisterter Freeride Snowboarder und Motorradfahrer.
A Creative Director who become a Marketer and is currently working for Twitter.
I joined Twitter as Head of Brand Strategy for Spanish Speaking LATAM during 3 years. Now I am leading the Business Marketing team for Europe and the Middle East.
Prior to this, I was a Creative in the Advertising Industry for more than fifteen years. Started in traditional advertising and then became an integrated creative, developing traditional, digital, experiential and shopper marketing projects. I've worked for brands such as AB Inbev, Coca-Cola, Samsung, Danone, Heineken, Ford, Land Rover, Avon, Santander Bank, Greenpeace, Gatorade & Unilever among many others.
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 is the founder of Emerging Transport Advisors providing strategic guidance to companies, investors and governments on the active, shared, electric, connected and automated transport transition.
He co-founded City Innovate, a smart city platform matching governments, companies and startups to accelerate innovation through the startup in residence program. As the former strategic partnerships manager at Google X and Waymo, he collaborated with teams to prepare the commercialization of the company and launch the world's first fully self-driving ride hail service, while being fully immersed in automation technology.
As Chief Innovation Officer for San Francisco’s transportation agency, he lead teams to deliver high profile initiatives including; the US Smart City Challenge; the Strategic Work Plan which met its 50% sustainable mode share goal 3 years early; major multimodal and mixed-use redevelopment partnership projects; and launched 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 cross-functional teams, build partnerships and deliver innovation.
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.
Prior to co-founding Pony.ai, James was an integral part of Baidu’s engineering leadership team. At Baidu, James was responsible for setting the technical direction of a variety of fields including advertising, infrastructure, big data, and cloud computing. Later, as the Chief Architect of the Autonomous Driving division, James led the overall strategy and development of Baidu’s autonomous vehicle. James began his career as a software engineer at Google, where he spent seven years specializing in backend and frontend advertising systems.
James holds a PhD from Stanford University and a BS from Tsinghua University.
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.
In 2000, Leo Keller started as a Business Angel for Startups in the area of Semantic Intelligence. He re-founded Netbreeze GmbH in 2002, and successfully performed as co-CEO until 2009, inciting interest from Microsoft, who finally acquired Netbreeze GmbH in 2013.
For the past 10 years, he has developed over 50 different business solutions using Semantic Technologies and Open Data implemented across multiple professional disciplines (Private Banking, Investment Banking, Wealth Management, Insurance and Reinsurance, Automotive, FMCG, Government and Research) and business sectors (Business Intelligence, Product Development, Marketing and Market Research, Risk and Issue Management, Communication and Reputation, Compliance and Anti-Counterfeiting). With his company Blue Ocean SWS, Leo continues to act as a business angel and entrepreneur in this technology sector, successfully entering the field of M&A.
Previously, Leo Keller was co-Head of A.T. Kearney Switzerland and a member of the Executive Group of Arthur D. Little (Switzerland), where he successfully acted as Strategy Consultant with a special focus on Learning Organization, Change Management, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management. He holds a master degree in Natural Science (ETH Zürich) and in OE Organization Development (SAAP).;Blue Ocean Semantic Web Solutions GmbH is a recognized leader in Semantic Web Technology and Open Source Intelligence, acting as a consultancy firm for system integration projects.
For over 12 years, Blue Ocean SWS has successfully delivered solution on the use of internet data (“listen to the Web”) that immensely improve Business Intelligence processes, focus on unstructured web data, social media and stakeholder themes for specified data sources.
The team combines Web Technology and Consulting, with its vast experience in Marketing, Market Research, Business Intelligence and Risk and Compliance Management. Its industrial competences lie in a broad range of industry segments, including Insurance, Banking, Pharmacy, Life Science, FMCG, Retail, Travel and Leisure.
Blue Ocean SWS is a recognized expert in the area of start-up coaching, M&A, Internet Policy Consulting, Internet Crime and Compliance and Marketing Research Solutions, running M&A projects and acting as a strategic partner and business angel for various start-ups in the field of Semantic Intelligence.
Martin joined the Energy Politics Group (EPG) in May 2017 as a PhD candidate. His research interest is on the role of policy and finance in supporting energy storage technologies innovation and diffusion. It is supported by the Swiss Competence Center for Heat and Electricity Storage.
Prior to joining EPG, Martin worked as a Senior Consultant for E.ON Inhouse Consulting for two years, where he advised the management on strategy, innovation and business development topics, focusing on energy storage and photovoltaic technologies.
Martin holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from TU Braunschweig (Germany). He wrote his Master`s Thesis at ETH (SusTec), conducting techno-economic analyses on energy storage across different geographies and applications and advising both a Swiss private equity investor as well as the Swiss Federal Office of Energy based on his findings. His research was supported by a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
During his studies, he gained further work experience though several internships, e.g. with Siemens (Erlangen, Germany), with the RWE Power AG (Essen, Germany) and with RWE Consulting where he worked on a project in Prague (Czech Republic) and was accepted for the RWE Next Talents program afterwards. Martin also learned about energy finance during an internship with NORD/LB in New York City (USA), where he worked on several deals to finance renewable energy projects.
In his spare time, Martin enjoys the outdoors, keeping himself fit with Freeletics and rooting for SV Werder Bremen.
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.
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.
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 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"
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.
Boris Zürcher (*1964), Dr. rer. pol., Head of the Labour Directorate since 1.8.2013.
Previously Chief Economist and Director of BAK Basel Economics AG, Basel.
2007 to 2012 Chief Economist and Deputy Director at Avenir Suisse, Think Tank for Economic and Social Issues, Zurich.
2002 to 2007 economic policy consultant to Federal Councillors Pascal Couchepin, Joseph Deiss and Doris Leuthard in the Federal Department of Economic Affairs.
1999 to 2002 Head of the Labour Market Policy Division in the SECO.
After completing an apprenticeship as a technical draughtsman, studied for university entrance examination through evening classes in parallel with work, took economics and sociology at the University of Berne.
Lecturer at the University of Berne since 2003.
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