Student Mentor Talks: «Preparing for the Asian Century»


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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 recently.

On November 26, we would like to give you the opportunity to talk directly to people who have worked and lived in Asia and gained valuable experience in their respective fields.

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


18:00 – Doors open
18:30 – Start of event, two rounds of mentor talks
20:00 ­­– Apéro
20:30 – End of event


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 who are members of Asia Society Switzerland or members of the asia club HSG: free
Regular students: 10 CHF


Martina Fuchs

Martina Fuchs is CNNMoney Switzerland TV Anchor based in Zurich, and previously worked as Senior Business Reporter for the Chinese state broadcaster CGTN (China Global Television Network) in Beijing. Before that, she was Reuters Economy Correspondent for the Gulf Arab region in Dubai and Reuters Financial TV Producer in London. Martina Fuchs holds a Master in International Economic History from the University in Geneva, Switzerland, a Postgraduate Diploma in TV Journalism from the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and a Master of Science in Global Finance (MSGF) from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the New York University Stern Business School. 


Ernst Bärtschi

Ernst Bärtschi is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Conzzeta AG (a conglomerate of Sheet Metal Processing, Outdoor Sports and Speciality Chemicals) since 2014. Since 2012, he has been a member of the advisory board of the private-equity investor CRCI (China) and he sits on various other advisory boards including start-ups. In 2002, he joined Sika Ltd where he worked as a chief financial officer and from 2005 until 2011 as chief executive officer. Prior to that, Ernst Bärtschi worked at Nestlé and occupied various management positions between 1980 and 2002 at the Schindler Group, including managing director of Schindler Switzerland and chief financial officer of the Schindler Group.


Martin Frech

Martin Frech leads global eCommerce, Group Strategy, Analytics and Office of the CEO with a team of 150+ employees across 10 countries for DKSH, the leader in Market Expansion Services in Asia. Martin is a senior growth leader with 15+ years of global CPG and eCommerce experience, combining growth and operational expertise with a decade of experience in top-tier strategy consulting. Before joining DKSH, Martin led commercial strategy operations at Mondelez and at The Hershey Company, after spending a decade in strategy consulting across three continents. He holds an MBA from the University of Iowa and an economics degree from the University of Frankfurt. In the past two decades, Martin has lived in Germany, China, Singapore, and the US, and is now based in Zurich, Switzerland.


Frank Niedermann

Frank Niedermann is Managing Director at UBS and has led the UBS Wealth Management APAC Switzerland Team since 2014. Having worked for more than 35 years in the industry, he has a profound understanding of Asian clients, their families and their businesses, and has built a comprehensive network in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan & Switzerland. After the completion of his apprenticeship and 2 years with Deutsche Bank in Geneva, Frank Niedermann joined UBS in 1987. He held various roles in Zurich and in Basel before moving to Asia to serve as the Chief of Staff for the CEO of Hong Kong. In 2007 he moved to Singapore where he was the Country Head HK and Taiwan, receiving several awards including 'Outstanding Line Manager'.

Event Details

Tue 26 Nov 2019
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Restaurant Seeger
Oberer Graben 2
9000 St. Gallen

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