Nico Luchsinger, Co-Executive Director, Programming
Nico Luchsinger graduated from the University of Zurich with a Masters in History and Economics. He worked for Neue Zürcher Zeitung, where he regularly commented on new technology and its effects on culture and society. From 2009 to 2013, he was a co-founder and CEO of Sandbox (now Thousand Network), a global community for young entrepreneurs with over a 1000 hand-selected members from all fields in over 40 cities worldwide. Until the end of 2015, Nico Luchsinger was responsible for product and strategy at Mila, a startup based in Zurich and Berlin, which has developed a marketplace for local services and was sold to Swisscom in 2015.
Katharina Viana-Bachmann, Co-Executive Director, Development
Katharina Viana-Bachmann is a graduate of the Textile, Fashion & Technology College in Zurich, and worked for ten years as a textile buyer for European retailers. She spent three years with her family in Singapore, followed by three years in Tokyo. Back in Switzerland, Katharina Viana-Bachmann established the Swiss branch of the global non-profit organization Room to Read, and was responsible for the business development for 6 years, after which she moved to a Swiss non-profit organization, where she worked as Head of Fundraising and Communication. Katharina earned a DAS in Fundraising Management from ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences.
Claudia Brunner, Events & Administration email
Serena Jung, Program Manager email
Michal Dreifuss, Project Management email
Gabriel Ruggli, Project Management email
from left to right: Patrick Balkanyi, Esther Heer-Zacek, Raymond J. Baer, Annette Schoemmel, Adrian T. Keller, Eunice Zehnder-Lai, Uli Sigg and Peter F. Weibel
Adrian T. Keller (President)
Adrian T. Keller has been a member of the Board of Directors of DKSH since 2002 and Chairman since 2004. He is also a member of the Strategy Committee. Since 2000, he has been Vice Chairman of Diethelm Keller Holding Ltd., the anchor shareholder of DKSH. Since 1991, he has been a Board member and from 1995 on, Vice Chairman of Eduard Keller Holding, which in 2000 became Diethelm Keller Holding Ltd. From 1990 to 1995, he was also Partner at Global Reach, New York, a private equity and investment firm. Between 1983 and 1990, he was Partner at Hoguet, Keller, Wittmann & Co., New York, a NASD registered investment advisor and securities brokerage firm.
Raymond J. Baer (Vice President)
Raymond J. Baer is the Honorary Chairman of the Board at Julius Baer Group. He holds a law degree (lic.iur.) from the University of St. Gallen (1984) and a Masters of Law (LL.M.) from the Columbia Law School, New York (1985). From 1988 to 2003, he held various executive positions within the Julius Baer Group Ltd. abroad and in Switzerland, lastly as head of Private Banking Business Line and member of the group executive board. From 2003 to 2012, he was the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Julius Baer Group and a board member as well as member of the Committee of the Governing Board of the Swiss Bankers Association (1999 - 2012). Raymond J. Baer was the president of the Association of Swiss Commercial & Investment Banks (2003 - 2012) and a member of the Regulatory Board of SIX Swiss Exchange (1999 - 2010).
Esther Heer was Deputy Chief Executive Officer of BSI Bank LTD Asia and a Member of of the BSI Group Advisory Board from August 2010 until December 2014. Esther was responsible for building BSI North Asia as the group strengthened its presence in the region. Aside from her general management responsibilities, she led a team of private bankers as well as the wealth management services. Previous to BSI, Esther worked for 30 years for Coutts in Zurich and Hong Kong with the same mandate, to build North Asia and was responsible for 80 Private Bankers before she left.
Annette Schoemmel is a passionate strategist, serial entrepreneur and investor based in Hong Kong, Zurich and Los Angeles. She is a founding partner and managing director at global strategist arthesia AG, Zurich/Los Angeles/Hong Kong. Enabling companies, institutions, cities and real estate developers defining their strategic direction to unlock their full potential. Annette Schömmel has built a track record advising the leadership of global companies as well as SME on strategy, innovation and change programs as well as long term positioning and re-positioning in various industries. Annette Schoemmel is also a founding partner and managing director of Babaluba AG an industrialist group that invests in and starts companies that are positioned on fault lines of future developments.
Dr. Uli Sigg
Uli Sigg is one of the world’s foremost collectors of Chinese Art. He is a founding member of the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce. He worked for the Schindler Group from 1977 to 1990. In 1980, he founded CSE China Schindler Elevators, the first joint venture of a western industrial company with a Chinese state enterprise. From 1995 to 1998, he was the Swiss Ambassador to China, North Korea and Mongolia based in Beijing. He also served as the superintendent of the Swiss pavilion at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai. Sigg is a Member of the Board of Ringier and Vitra. He is also a Member of the Advisory Board of the China Development Bank, of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and of the International Advisory Council of Tate Gallery in London. Sigg is a founder of the Chinese Contemporary Art Awards (CCAA), a bi-annually awarded prize.
Dr. Peter F. Weibel
Peter F. Weibel is chairing the UZH Foundation, the Foundation of the University of Zurich, since 2012. He started his professional career as Consultant at IBM Switzerland in 1972. In 1975, he joined the Central Accounting Department at UBS and later became a Senior Vice President in its Corporate Banking division. In 1988, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Revisuisse, one of the predecessor companies of PricewaterhouseCoopers AG (PwC). He retired from his function as CEO of PwC in 2003. Since 2004 he has been a member of the Board and the Audit Committee of Credit Suisse Group until 2012 (he was chairing the Audit Committee from 2004-2011). Mr. Weibel also serves on the Senior Advisory Council of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce.
Eunice Zehnder is CEO of IPM, a people consulting firm that specializes in predicting human behavior. Previously, she worked in the finance industry for 20 years for LGT Capital Partners, Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, spanning the areas of asset management, private wealth and corporate finance in New York, London, Hong Kong and Zurich. She also worked for Procter & Gamble in marketing as well as for Booz & Co. in strategy consulting. Eunice grew up in Hong Kong and received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University.
Patrick Balkanyi has been working for PwC Switzerland since 1994. He was appointed partner in 2006, and is responsible for the telecommunications, IT and media practice.