Asia Society Mentor Talks: «Preparing for the Asian Century»


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Asia Society Mentor Talks: «Preparing for the Asian Century»

What will I do once I graduate? What influence will Asia have on my future career? Should I apply for a job in Asia? These are probably some of the questions that have crossed your mind at some point during your studies.

On November 28 we would like to give students and young professionals the opportunity to talk directly to people who have worked and lived in Asia and gained valuable experience in their respective fields. See the full list of mentors and their short biographies below.

They are looking forward to meeting you and support you in your decisions regarding your further education or initial career steps.

This event is organized by Asia Society Switzerland in collaboration with Asia Club from the University of St. Gallen.


6:00pm – Doors open
6.20pm – Welcome
6:30pm – Mentor Talks, round 1 
7.10pm – Rotation
7:15pm – Mentor Talks, round 2 
7:55pm ­­– Apéro with students and mentors
8.45pm – End


You will be asked to include two mentor choices in your registration. It is also possible to stay with the same mentor for both rounds. Each mentor will be paired with 5-10 students.


Students & young professionals who are Asia Society Switzerland members: free
Non-members/regular students: 10 CHF

The mentors:

Andries Diener is a partner at Diener Syz Real Estate and has 17 years of experience in the real estate and construction industry in Switzerland and China. Prior to co-founding the company, he was the head of marketing at Schindler Elevator in China. Before moving to China in 2005, he was the project manager at the leading Swiss real estate development firm Nüesch Development and headed the family construction firm Diener AG through the repositioning of operations. Andries Diener is proficient in Mandarin, holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and an MBA from INSEAD. He also serves as a board member of the Swiss-Chinese Association.

William Robert Keller graduated from the School of Economics and Business Administration in Zurich in July 1972. He is currently the Chairman of Coland Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and holds directorship as an independent director at Wuxi Biologics Ltd. and Cathay Industrial Biotech Ltd. In 2003 he founded Keller Pharma Consultancy, a pharmaceutical consulting firm focusing on market entry strategies for foreign biotech companies into the Chinese market. From 1994 to 2003 he was General Manager of Roche China Ltd and Shanghai Roche Pharmaceuticals Ltd. From 1974 to 2003 he served in marketing and general manager positions at Roche Group in South America and Asia. William Robert Keller is an honorary citizen of the city of Shanghai.

Markus Herrmann comes from a cross-cultural Swiss-Chinese background and has studied law at the Universities of Geneva, Berne, and Fribourg. He is a former Bayer Global Government Affairs & Advocacy Director who was based in Shanghai. Furthermore, he worked as a management consultant with BCG in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Zurich and has a total of 5 years of working experience in Asia.

Toni Piëch obtained a BA degree from Princeton University in East Asian Studies. He currently serves as the CEO at Piëch Automotive, a firm focussing on the design of vehicles and the production of prototypes. Additionally, he is the Founder and General Manager at Piëch Asia Enterprises as well as the Founder and Chairman at PAE Pictures (China), which is a Beijing-based producer of feature films, branded entertainment, and television and digital content. From 2004-2006 he worked as Deputy China correspondent at Schweizer Radio DRS (China). He also worked as a freelance journalist and editor as well as a host at Radio Beijing. He produced a series on the history of the automobile for the Chinese TV.


Event Details

Tue 28 Nov 2017
6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Oberer Graben 2
9000 St. Gallen

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