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Kamran Housang Pour
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Kamran Housang Pour

Kamran Houshang Pour

Dr. Kamran Houshang Pour is patent expert and IP trainer at Swiss Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) in Bern. After obtaining a PhD in physics at the EPF Lausanne he worked as product manager at Nortel Networks in Zurich, where he conducted yield improvement projects for the existing products, qualified new products and introduced them into the market. He later cofounded a consulting entity providing technical supports specially for young startups by the quality management as well as by the technical questions. After a master in statistics at the Université de Neuchâtel he returned as Post Doc to EPFL (TRANSP-OR) conducting an externally financed project on modeling customer behavior.

Since 2008, he is working at IPI, where as patent expert he conducts different type of patent searches, such as validity or freedom-to-operate searches, and examines patent applications in his field of knowledge. As IP trainer, he gives lectures on divers intellectual property subjects at the universities and in the companies.

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Marc Pauchard

Marc studied chemistry and pursued a classical research career in academia and industry. In the early 2000’s he was leading the innovation activities of a company active in the photographic business, who was fighting the disruptive changes introduced to this industry by the breakthrough developments of digital cameras and electronic displays. In his function he was responsible for strategy development, external collaborations, new customer contacts and innovation management. In 2009 he joined the newly founded Adolphe Merkle Institute for Nanotechnology in Fribourg, where he helped to build the organization and today is Associate Director & Head of Technology Transfer. He is also very active in the promotion of innovation in different functions in professional and volunteer organizations and believes in the worth of training the next generation of innovators.

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Gilles Chevrey

Gilles started his career as the HR Manager in a rapid growth IT company in the 90s and launched the recruitment and selection business unit. He launched his own HR consultancy company and carried out professional development training programs for a couple of years. Since 2003, he has been coaching startups and SMEs mostly on organisational issues and team dynamics. He is also involved as expert for a regional assessment center. Gilles holds a Master in organisational psychology from University Neuchâtel.

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Bastien Bovy
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Bastien Bovy

Bastien has an entrepreneurial, managing and financial background. He previously held an executive position in his family-owned SME where he gained a practical experience in marketing, business development, finance and HR fields. He is currently a startup mentor and provides business coaching to innovative startups. Bastien is also lecturer in several business courses.

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Virginie Carniel
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Virginie Carniel

Virginie has a strong background in energy, clean-tech, telecommunication and IT sectors. Often called in during transition periods, she helps companies in their fast growing and restructuring phases. She brings her hands-on expertise in C-level management, finance, marketing & communication, and international business development. Fascinated by organizations in transition, she took part in two IPOs, led a full privatization process and restructured various SMEs as well as MNCs departments in multicultural environments. She is chairman of the board of a government-owned company and serves on the board of directors of several SMEs and startup companies.

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Pierre Comte
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Pierre Comte

Pierre can look back on a very successful career in the areas of life sciences, medical devices and micro technology. He has thirty years of experience in key executive positions and is well versed in multinational business management. He is experienced at leading and growing large organizations, SMEs as well as startup companies.

Pierre is an accomplished trainer and coach for executive teams of large companies and startups. He is an expert of the European Commission. He is member of the board of directors of several high tech companies. Since 2001, he is an independent consultant and a coach of CTI Startup, a division of the Swiss Federal Office for Technology and Education. Pierre is a lecturer at EPFL, IMD, Venturelab and CTI Entrepreneurship.

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Pascal Dutheil
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Pascal Dutheil

Pascal is an independent advisor to entrepreneurs, CEOs and investors, providing coaching, financing and business expansion services. He has broad experience in business development, client management and marketing, acquired in international environments with consumer goods, retailing and business travel industries. For the past 10 years, Pascal has focused on high-tech ICT startups, successfully completing numerous financing transactions as a co-founder, board member, angel investor or business startup coach (financial planning, seed, first rounds, second rounds, convertible loans, management buyouts, bank financing, acquisitions, successions). Pascal is passionate about innovation, entrepreneurship, startups and NBA basketball.

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Frédéric Delley
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Frédéric Delley

Frédéric has international experience working for both startups and multinational companies. After having worked in software development and brand management, he now runs the business incubator at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne. In addition, he teaches a course on Innovation Management and coaches first-time entrepreneurs.

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Christine Demen Meier

After studies at EHL, a MBA from HEG Fribourg and a doctorate in management science, Dr Demen Meier went on to launch new businesses in the hospitality industry. She bring to her courses an in-depth knowledge of all the aspects which contribute to the success of an SME. She is particularly interested in the possibilities of innovation and continues her research into new business tools and models and into different approaches to change management (complete break and new start or gradual implementation of change).

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André Delafontaine
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André Delafontaine

André is Go Beyond’s COO, Dealflow Director and leads the Lausanne, Geneva and Geneva Impact Investing Groups. He brings 18 years’ experience in corporate strategy alongside product, team and project management in small to multi-national companies. During his move into management, he has remained passionate about his initial technical interests: Computer Science, Physics and Renewable Energy. André is also an early stage investor motivated in supporting the triple bottom line – people, planet & profit.

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Philippe Gaemperle
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Philippe Gaemperle

Philippe gained a vast experience working for multinational companies in Project Management, Finance, Operations and Training & Education. He is currently the director of a local foundation whose aim is to foster entrepreneurship in Western Switzerland. For the past 3 years, Philippe has been applying his versatile skills in this organization to coach and train entrepreneurs; he advises them in their startup phase, coaches them and acts as a business facilitator and consultant.

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Benedict Stalder
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Benedict Stalder

Benedict is the CTI Entrepreneurship Module 3 & 4 Program’s Director for Western Switzerland.

Benedict is a confirmed entrepreneur, a management consultant, in particular for turnaround projects, a coach and a business angel for startup companies.

Originally trained as a mechanical engineer, Benedict launched his entrepreneurial track record early as a serial entrepreneur. He has also held a variety of senior positions in large corporations in information technology and manufacturing sectors before returning to the startup world, as a consultant, coach and investor. Benedict brings senior management, strategy, sales & marketing expertise and a trained eye to today’s entrepreneurial world.

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Jean de Wolff
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Jean de Wolff

Jean spent over 20 years in technology oriented companies. His domains of expertise range from international sales to management of large telecom projects. While an executive in large multinational companies, he experienced many of the domestic and international development stages of a corporation. Jean is also an entrepreneur and started several ventures which have been successfully sold.
Jean is currently a partner and board member of several small and medium-sized companies and startups. He also works as a consultant, advising entrepreneurs and SMEs.

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Jean-Pierre Rosat
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Jean-Pierre Rosat

With extensive experience in creating and developing high tech companies, Dr. Rosat has co-founded eight startups, made three trade-sales to public companies, and is well versed in fund-raising and setting-up new projects. He gained experienced with FDA and EMEA regulations while developing oncology drugs, and has combined this experience with engineering ventures that focused on automated drug screening equipment, micro-machining technology, diagnostic or medtech. Jean-Pierre holds a PhD in immunology from the University of Lausanne, a master in Management of Technology from the EPFL and has worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School.

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Simon Johnson
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Simon Johnson

Simon is an Accredited Business Coach for startups (EPLF, FIT, Platinn & CTI) and holds a number of non-executive positions. Simon studied Computer Science and Electronic Engineering in London before starting a career with a multinational firm with which he earned his sales experience as a Sales Manager for Middle East and Africa. After leaving this computer company, he started his career as an entrepreneur. He first founded a GPS navigation systems company in 1992 and went on to be CEO and co-founder of a pioneering mobile company funded by a bank, providing online global media companies with some of their first premium content for mobile phones. He also produces and presents a program on Swiss Television which present new technologies that are going to revolutionize our daily lives.

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Reto Hartmann
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Reto Hartmann

Reto is a business consultant specializing in the pharma, biotech and medtech industries. He has over 15 years of management and sales experiences in the life sciences.
Reto is a former VP of Sales and Marketing for a small biotech company as well as being a top Account Manager for a multinational B2B life science company and is an accredited member of the CTI Startup and Platinn coaching networks.
Reto did his undergrad work at the University of Massachusetts and Graduate work and the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Lausanne.

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Cyril Halifi
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Cyril Halifi

Cyril is a confirmed entrepreneur who started his career in consumer goods with world-renowned multinationals, as a Key Accounts Manager, Marketing Manager and Business Unit Manager. Then, at the age of 30, he created his own company in the water-fountain sector. Today, Cyril is a key investor in 3 startups and is active in consulting, industry and services.

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Jamil Hebali
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Jamil Hebali

Dr Hebali obtained a certificate in Business Intelligence from the University of Geneva, and his Doctoral degree in marketing from HEC (Hautes etudes commerciales) Geneva. He also has an advanced diploma (DEA) in information systems (Université de Savoie, France), a Master’s degree in Management and Technologies of Information Systems (Ecole supérieure des affaires, Grenoble, France), and a Bachelor’s degree in Management (Faculté de droit, des sciences économiques et politiques, Tunisie). After working as a Teaching Fellow in social entrepreneurship area with a multinational organization, Dr. Hebali acquired increased expertise in market research and market intelligence through his several experiences and consulting projects. Dr Hebali is responsible for coaching more than 60 consulting projects per year in different area such as market study, Business development, Product testing, marketing strategy, etc.

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Jan Krasnodebski
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Jan Krasnodebski

Jan is a leader in pricing new products and innovations, with over 10 years of experience with large multinationals across diverse industries and startups. At Medtronic he founded the International pricing practice and won the Marketing Excellence Award for pricing new innovations, and again for price training.

Jan is a frequent presentor at various conferences (Professional Pricing Society, IQPC, eyeforpharma) and has written for the Journal of Professional Pricing and The Pricing Advisor. Jan holds a masters in engineering from MIT and MBA from IMD.

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Alexandra Post Quillet
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Alexandra Post Quillet

Alexandra has 15 years experience in general management, marketing and sales in the FMCG industry and has worked in Asia, Eastern Europe and Switzerland. She founded and has co-managed since 2005 a research and marketing consultancy company whose clients are startups and companies based in the region. She has been a Jury member of the Prix Strategis for 6 years (President in 2010 and 2011). The Prix awards annually a swiss startup for its innovation and capacity to roll-out. She sits on the board of a public company and on the foundation board of Lausanne University.

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Caroline Schmitt
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Caroline Schmitt

Caroline has a solid track record in e-Marketing and e-Commerce, both nationally and internationally. She brings to the course a mastery of integrated marketing strategies, processes and structures. Her executive background in Internet Sales, Marketing & Communications and Customer Service serve as a strong base for her activities on internet guided selling techniques, mastering emailing tools, web analytics, SEO, SEM to boost lead generation, revenue, community size, site utilization and customer retention.

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Björn Ignell
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Björn Ignell

Björn is the CTI Entrepreneurship Module 3 & 4 Program’s Manager for Western Switzerland and a Marketing Trainer for Module 3.

Björn has 29 years experience in management, marketing and sales with Fortune 500 companies to personally launched startups.
With a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA with a specialisation in B2B Marketing, he helps companies better understand the needs of their customers to build strong sales arguments, better position their products and to gain visibility using an adapted marketing mix. With his broad background, he gives valuable input to both Industrial Engineering companies as well as to the Life Sciences.
Born in Sweden, educated in Switzerland, UK, France, USA, and Japan, he now lives and work in Vaud.

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Antoine Perruchoud

Antoine’s key competencies lie in the fields of business model, innovation and strategy. Working since 2000 as a UAS professor at the HES-SO Valais, he is also director of a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) and co-director of the Master in Entrepreneurship. Ten years ago he co-founded a pioneer program in entrepreneurship, Business Experience. Since 2010 he has acted as Head of the Institute in Entrepreneurship & Management and is in charge at the HES-SO of several applied projects, such as “i-brain” a dedicated open innovation platform to connect students and enterprises. Lastly, Antoine is co-founder of a high-tech company based in Martigny.

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Beat Walther
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Beat Walther

Beat is an entrepreneur and management consultant with a passion for marketing, sales and customer-focused innovation. He advises international companies in various industries and has been coaching startup companies for the past 15 years. He started his career in Fast Moving Consumer Goods in New York, Geneva & London, helping to launch various new product innovations. Later, he worked for a management consulting firm before setting up his own consulting practice. His domains of expertise range from discovering customer insights, developing growth strategies, to facilitating sales acceleration programs. Beat holds a Master in Economics from HSG St. Gallen.

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John Zimmer
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John Zimmer

John is a Canadian who now lives in Geneva, Switzerland. With degrees in International Relations and Law, he has extensive public speaking and presentation experience in a variety of business and legal fora. John is a guest lecturer on public speaking and presentation skills for Executive MBA Programmes at universities in Switzerland and France. He is regularly invited to speak at corporate and other events around Europe, and contributes to the radio programme “The Connectors” on World Radio Switzerland.

John is the co-creator of Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™. He writes a popular blog about public speaking – mannerofspeaking.org – which is followed by readers around the world.

John has been a member of Toastmasters International since 2007. Eight times he has entered Toastmasters speech contests and eight times he has reached the European Finals, winning five times and placing second twice.

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Yves Zieba
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Yves Zieba

Yves is a cross functional leader with a strong background in business strategy in the information (news, data, graphs, content curation, analytics), energy and security sectors. He has worked in sales and customer service for the world leading information provider. Often called in acquisition integration phases, he brings his hands-on expertise in sales, strategy, customer centric organisation and international business development to help companies grow and expand. As an entrepreneur who likes to share with others, Yves manages the ESCP Europe alumni network in Switzerland, and coordinates the activities of various communities and think tanks. Interested in innovation, design, education and new digital technologies, he has always worked in multicultural environments.

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Jean-Philippe Lallement
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Jean-Philippe Lallement

Jean-Philippe is the Managing Director of the EPFL Innovation Park, a senior coach with CTI Startup and a CTI Panelist in Modules 2, 3 & 4

Jean-Philippe has 25 years’ experience in entrepreneurship and general management primarily within the Information and Communication Technology sector. He started his career with McKinsey & Co then moved into strategy and general management with a global leader of telecommunication and IT services. He was instrumental in the set-up of a spin-off that reached several billion Euros in revenues and market valuation, and had responsibility over a €200 million business line with 800 staff. He later co-founded two high-tech startups, including one spin-off from EPFL.

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Alain-Serge Porret

Alain holds a M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. from EPFL. He is currently VP, Integrated and Wireless Systems, at CSEM, Neuchâtel. His unit is specialized in the design of high-performance, complex embedded systems, with a strong emphasis on ultra-low-power and covering applications such as medical & wellness, remote sensing, image capture and processing, and wireless communication systems in general. Previously, he co-founded several start-ups, including two in California where he lived 13 years. In particular, he was VP of Engineering at Xceive Corp., a company which delivered the first silicon tuner massively adopted by mainstream TV sets manufacturers. He was responsible of teams based in US, Switzerland and Asia, with responsibilities including system architecture, circuit design, signal processing and embedded software, with strong involvements in quality, test and customer support.

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André Laville

Actual:

  • since 1997 CFO of CSEM, Neuchâtel
  • board member of 2 seed-money funds
  • board member of 2 CSEM start-ups

Previous:

  • 17 years in the banking industry, Switzerland and London
  • chairman and board position of various spin-offs of CSEM, participation in many financing rounds and exits
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Carlos DaSilva

Carlos DaSilva’s experience in tech-entrepreneurship and the start-up ecosystem is widespread. He is the Director of the Founder Institute Portugal. The Founder Institute is the world’s largest entrepreneur training and start-up launch program, with over 1200 companies founded across 6 continents (www.fi.co). Carlos is an Adviser and shareholder of over 10 start-ups.

He is also a Professor at the HEG School of Business Administration in Fribourg (Switzerland) and lectures Venture Financing at the Executive MBA and Master level. Dr. DaSilva held the positions of visiting lecturer & scholar at the Thunderbird School of Global Management (F.T. #1 for International Business in the World) and at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, USA.

He is also the author of “Entrepreneurial Finance: A Global Perspective”, a practical book for entrepreneurs and investors published by the SAGE. Prior to obtaining his Ph.D. in Technology Management, he worked for several years in international business development at an Eastern European start-up venture that was recently acquired by a large multinational.

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Jean-Christophe Hadorn

Mr. Hadorn is an engineer and a manager. He developed activities in engineering in different companies and in management consulting in its company Base consultants SA in Geneva.

From 1979 to 1998 he developed solar energy projects and IT consultancy. He led several international groups within IEA Tasks until 2013. He participated during 1999 – 2003 to the Edipresse management as a strategist and IT consultant. He was asked in 2003 – 2005 by the french government to set up the new National Institute of Solar Energy (INES) in France, now on track with more than 150 researchers. He has been chairman of the board of a manufacturing company listed on the Nasdaq. Since 2007 Mr Hadorn is the expert coach of the ISP projects of the EMBA at HEC Uni Lausanne. He reviews 30 strategic plans every year in all domains. Mr Hadorn is also head of the HVAC Swiss engineers Group Pierre Chuard since 2014. He is participating in several technological start-ups.

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André Catana

André brings more than 20 years experience in technology transfer; he is the co-founder of the EPFL Technology Transfer Office and founder of the Enable program which aims at accelerating the transfer of technologies from EPFL to companies and start-ups. André teaches the licensing module of the Management of Innovation course (MINTT) which is part of the EPFL Doctoral School. He is advising and actively contributing to projects aiming at the implementation and development of technology transfer activities within several European universities. He holds an MSc in electrical engineering from the ETH Zürich and a PhD in physics from EPFL.

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Blaise Crettol

After having obtained his MSc in Micro-engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Blaise co-founded a start-up company for embedded IT solutions. At the same time, he obtained an Executive Master’s degree in Management of Technology from the EPFL, the UNIL and the University of Texas at Austin.

Since 2005, Blaise has been working as a professor in entrepreneurship, innovation and business models at the University of Applied Sciences, Western Switzerland. His main activity is to manage the program in entrepreneurship for last-year students, www.businessexprience.ch, which exists for more than 10 years and has delivered more than 50 school ventures and 300 students-entrepreneurs.

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Benjamin Chapuis

Benjamin is an entrepreneurial chartered accountant. He gained a vast experience working for a big 4 company in Switzerland and in Ireland. His fields of expertise are financial planning, tax optimization, accounting and auditing. Benjamin joined the HEG Arc in Neuchâtel in 2005 as a professor of finance. He is still involved in a local consulting and auditing firm. In 2014 Benjamin cofounded a promising IT start-up active in the translation business.

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Johannes Wohlmuth

Johannes is a patent attorney in Switzerland, Europe and Germany. After having finished his physics degree, he worked several years at one of the leading German patent law firms in Munich. Since 2012 he works as a patent attorney at P&TS in Neuchâtel giving advice in all legal, technical and economical matters around intellectual property (IP) with a strong focus on patents and representing his clients at the relevant patent offices. His clients range from start-ups over Swiss SMEs to SMI noted and multinational companies. Johannes works further as IP expert in the CTI start-up coaching and labelling program.

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Kerry Choun

Each year, Kerry trains over 1,000 managers on how to communicate successfully. He is co-author of a widely acclaimed book on advanced presentation skills called “The Storyboard Approach”. He also lectures in business schools such as IMD, and coaches TEDx Lausanne speakers. Clients appreciate Kerry’s ability to help them formulate complex issues in concise audience-oriented messages. He is therefore often asked to help improve the impact of project presentation or sales pitches. Kerry has an MBA from IMD and brings to his clients direct work experience in finance, marketing and sales. After 25 years as a management trainer, Kerry is still sharing his expertise acquired through his active involvement with businesses ranging from banking, food, pharma and telecom.

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Patrick Schüffel

Patrick Schüffel is a professor at Fribourg’s School of Management and heads the school’s Institute of Finance. Prior to his academic career Patrick was a member of the senior management of Credit Suisse. He served as a director in the bank’s Private Banking Division where he held various positions throughout his career. Among others he was the responsible global innovation officer of the 1000 employee strong organizational unit “Investment Services & Products”. Patrick entered business life by joining a global consulting firm after having founded his own firm while still being an undergraduate. His research interests focus on the areas of Entrepreneurship in Banking & Finance, Innovation, and International Business. Patrick holds a doctorate degree in Business Administration from Henley Business School at the University of Reading/UK.

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Raluca Flükiger

Raluca Flükiger started out as a professional editor on the scientific journal Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology, before joining the technology transfer office of the University of Geneva (Unitec) as a licensing officer. In parallel with her main professional activities, she was a biochemistry lecturer at the University of Geneva for 10 years and a scientific advisor for Sectoral Asset Management, an asset management firm specialized in the the healthcare sector.

Raluca is a certified licensing professional (CLPTM), and her current activity at Unitec entails patenting and commercialization of life science technologies and negotiation of research agreements for university-industry collaborations. She regularly teaches on topics relating to academic technology transfer and intellectual property, and is involved in various programmes providing support and coaching to aspiring Swiss academic entrepreneurs.

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Andrei Villarroel

Dr. Andrei Villarroel is professor of innovation management and executive consultant in the high-tech sector. He has been at the faculty of The Lisbon MBA, Católica-Lisbon School of Business & Economics, and is an international faculty fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management. His professional experience spans organizations in ICT, biotech, energy, finance, education, and international development. He is appointed professor at the Entrepreneurship Institute, School of Management Fribourg (Switzerland). He also teaches at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management (Germany), IEDC Bled School of Management (Slovenia), and the University of Pennsylvania (USA). He was Swiss NSF Fellow at MIT and his research was recognized with three Best Papers at international conferences. He is co-author of the books “Leading Open Innovation” (MIT Press, 2013), “Business Model Innovation” (Oxford University Press, 2015). Dr. Villarroel served as keynote speaker for international organizations including EFMD, JEWC, CEEMAN.

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David Narr

David is currently a startup mentor at Genilem where he provides business coaching to innovative startups. Himself an entrepreneur, he started a business specialized in custom-made advert gaming solution in the early 2000’s, which was later sold to a communication agency. As the Managing Director in the agency, he was responsible for HR, finance and key accounts. David holds a Master in Management from HEC Lausanne.

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Antoine Perruchoud

Antoine’s key competencies lie in the fields of business model, innovation and strategy. Working since 2000 as a UAS professor at the HES-SO Valais, he is also director of a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) and co-director of the Master in Entrepreneurship. Ten years ago he co-founded a pioneer program in entrepreneurship, Business Experience. Since 2010 he has acted as Head of the Institute in Entrepreneurship & Management and is in charge at the HES-SO of several applied projects, such as “i-brain” a dedicated open innovation platform to connect students and enterprises. Lastly, Antoine is co-founder of a high-tech company based in Martigny.

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James Miners

James accelerates entrepreneurs and catalyses the success of Swiss HighTech start-ups, in his role as senior adviser in a Geneva incubator.

As an international entrepreneur, James has set-up and managed four technology start-ups in CleanTech, Nanotech and Transportation.

After a successful exit, he worked in the Ventures and New Business Group of a large multinational as European Business Development Leader. James holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Warwick and a PED from IMD.

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Jim Hershkowitz

Jim is an entrepreneur and trainer with a passion for Lean Startup, Marketing and Technologies. He is the co-founder of a startup in the fields of Software and Real estate. Having bootstrapped it to positive cash flow and clients, Jim is very experienced with the mental processes of entrepreneurs. An adept of Lean Startup, he is a regular trainer helping entrepreneurs with their value proposition and customer development. Before being an entrepreneur, Jim worked 7 years in Fast Moving Consumer Goods launching new products and developing customer-centered innovation. He holds a Bachelor in Science and a Master in Management from Solvay Business School in Brussels.

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Marta Gehring

Marta is a consultant at sbg Healthcare and ORSCO Lifesciences, focusing on business development of medical innovation. She has extensive experience in marketing, sales and general management, having held senior positions with prominent Biotech and Medtech multinationals in the EMA arena.

Holder of degrees from the US and Switzerland, Marta’s passion is condensing vast amounts of information in ways that are visionary enough to capture investor interest and enthusiasm, but grounded in scientific and business understanding to provide investor confidence. She undertakes medical market research, reimbursement analysis and helps clients engage in proof of concept phase II clinical research.

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Sébastien Jeanneret

Sébastien Jeanneret holds a master degree in Psychology and a MBA. He worked for several companies in marketing research in Germany and the USA before joining a FMCG multinational in New York where he worked in Planning and Brand Management functions. In his last positions , he was responsible for brand management for 3 brands worldwide (excl. USA).

Beginning of 2006, Sébastien Jeanneret founded Delafée in Switzerland. The company develops and commercializes luxury products adorned with 24 karat gold. In parallel to the development of DeLafée he has helped several organizations with their marketing strategy. Sebastien Jeanneret also teaches marketing and entrepreneurship at the “Hautes Ecole de Gestion” in Fribourg Lausanne, Sierre and Neuchatel in Switzerland.

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Marc Gruber

Marc Gruber is full professor at the College of Management of Technology at EPFL where he holds the Chair of Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization (ENTC).

Marc Gruber joined EPFL in the fall of 2005 coming from the Munich School of Management, University of Munich, where he was the vice-director of the Institute of Innovation Research, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship (INNOtec) and manager of the ODEON Center for Entrepreneurship.

Prof. Gruber has published his research on entrepreneurship in several leading journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, the Journal of Business Venturing, and Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice.

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Vincenzo Pallotta

Dr. Vincenzo Pallotta, is an experienced professional in ICT and Consumer Electronics. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from EPFL and after more than 25 years of research and development in private and public institutions such as IBM, Apple, EPFL, Stanford University, ICSI, UC Berkeley, he is now Professor of Innovation Management and Product Development at the Swiss Applied Science University of Canton Vaud (HEIG-VD). He is the co-founder of interAnalytics, a startup active in the area of Semantic Technologies for Big Data and Customer Interaction Analytics. He contributes as a Lean Startup coach, mentor and trainer to initiatives such as Startup Weekend, UP-NEXT, SeedStars World, Lean Startup Machine and Stanford’s Technology Entrepreneurship online MOOC . He is also active in the civil society as a founding member and former chairman of the Switzerland chapter of the Internet Society and the ThinkServices think tank.

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Pascal Bourgier
Pascal-Bourgier

Pascal Bourgier

Pascal gained a wide experience from working for big companies in different sectors such as human resources, quality improvement and sales and marketing. Pascal is as well very accustomed to working in a start-up environment as he is an entrepreneur himself. He is now currently working as a coach for start-ups at GENILEM in Lausanne.

Pascal holds a Master degree in Marketing of innovation from E.M.LYON

Raffi-Chammassian
Raffi Chammassian
Raffi-Chammassian

Raffi Chammassian

Raffi is a multicultural professional with over 20 years of experience in finance, strategy, financial planning, and project management spanning across Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and the Americas. He has held leadership roles in large multinationals as well as small, entrepreneurial enterprises. Industry experiences include ICT, aerospace, services, and education. In addition to his professional qualification, in March 2016 Raffi earned a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) from Grenoble Ecole de Management specializing in costs and technology startups. His DBA thesis title is Towards a New Cost Paradigm for Technology Startup Entrepreneurs. Raffi currently coaches, consults, teaches graduate level courses, and facilitates workshops. He is also pursuing additional applied research projects. In addition to his DBA, Raffi holds an International MBA from University of South Carolina, and a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration from Seattle University. He is based in Switzerland, and has lived and worked in the Netherlands, Czech Republic, USA, Mexico, and Argentina.

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Wouter van der Lelij
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Wouter van der Lelij

Wouter van der Lelij is the founder of JobUP.ch in 2000, that he sold to Edipresse (Tamedia) in 2008. Since then, he has been the founder or co-founder of a plurality of different companies and projects, including various e-businesses, the fruit company OU BIEN?! and a local satirical newspaper. He won several awards related to entrepreneurship, the “prix Strategis HEC Lausanne”, the “Bourse Cantonale de Développement Durable” ( 2011) and the Swiss Ethics Prize (2012).

Aside from his current entrepreneurial activities, he thoroughly enjoys one-on-one coaching with a limited number of entrepreneurs to help them reach their goals.

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Lan Zuo Gillet
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Lan Zuo Gillet

Lan is the CTI Entrepreneurship Module 2 Program’s Director for Western Switzerland and Deputy Managing Director of EPFL Innovation Park Foundation.

She was previously appointed as Director of Geneva Creativity Center, after having served as Consul for Consulate General of Switzerland in Shanghai and being instrumental to set up swissnex China and the Sino Swiss governmental bilateral cooperation program. Lan Zuo Gillet has over 20 years of professional experience and held senior management positions in Swiss watch and financial industries, in various functional areas such as R&D, Marketing and Corporate Operational Management.

Lan Zuo Gillet graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, earned a MBA from HEC Lausanne, a Ph.D. from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and research experience as postdoc at Stanford University.

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Jean-Marc Brunner
Jean-Marc-Brunner

Jean-Marc Brunner

Jean-Marc is CEO and co-founder of the Swiss Integrative Center for Human Health (SICHH SA), bringing over 10 years of experience in research within Switzerland’s top universities. Head of the Knowledge and Technology Transfer Fribourg since 2010, he is at the heart of academical innovation and maintains excellent contacts with all industrial actors.

Graduated in biology from UNIL and EPFL, Jean-Marc obtained his PhD in 2009 where his research focused on the pathologies in the central nervous system induced by canine distemper virus. He is fluent in English, Italian and French, and conversant in German.

He also founded an IT company providing services to private customers and SMEs.

Beside his academic career, Jean-Marc was also a National Swiss Hockey League Professional.

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Jan Kerschgens
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Jan Kerschgens

In his current function at the Swiss Integrative Center for Human Health SA Jan manages activities in Business Development, Project Management and Contract Negotiation.

Jan was trained as an engineer and scientist at EPFL and the University of Heidelberg. In addition to over 10 years of experiences in Research and Industry he pursued an executive MBA in Corporate Finance at HEC Lausanne. Jan is fluent in English, French, and German.

Jan is interested in innovation and its valorization through collaborations, start-ups and tech transfer at the interfaces of Business and Research.

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Rolf Klappert
Rolf-Klappert

Rolf Klappert

Rolf Klappert graduated with a degree in physics from Münster University, Germany, in 1986. He then worked for 19 years as a project manager at Asulab, the corporate research and development laboratory of Swatch Group, in Marin, Switzerland. During his time with Swatch Group, he was co-inventor of approx. 10 patents in the field of liquid crystal display systems (LCDs). In 2006 he joined Neuchâtel University where he is now the head of the Tech Transfer and Grants Office

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Andrea Crottini
Andrea-Crottini2

Andrea Crottini

Andrea is technology transfer manager at EPFL with a focus on technology assessment, patenting, licensing and industrial research contracts in the fields of micro-nano technologies, physics, optics and sensors.

Prior to joining EPFL in 2011, Andrea was R&D Manager at Hach-Lange for design and engineering of water analytical instrumentation. In parallel to this mission, he played also a key role in establishing and driving novel methods and tools for the company new product development and technology assessment processes. Before that, from 2001 to 2006, Andrea was R&D engineer at Alcatel for laser and optical amplifiers and post-doc at IMT-Neuchâtel specializing in optical sensors.

Andrea has a scientific background in Physics, with a degree from the University of Milan and a PhD from the laboratory of quantum optoelectronics of EPFL.

Christophe-Saam
Christophe Saam
Christophe-Saam

Christophe Saam

Christophe is a Swiss and European patent attorney. He holds a MSc in Electrical Engineering from the EPFL, and a Diploma of the University of Strasbourg in patent litigation. In 2010, he was appointed as part-time judge to the Swiss Federal Patent Court.

Christophe spent four years at the European Patent Office in Berlin. He then founded P&TS in 1998, and developed it to become one of the leading patent law firms in Switzerland.

Today Christophe advises many large high-tech companies on IP matters. He also loves start-ups, and devotes the rest of his time to some of the finest young companies, especially in the field of IT, electronics and micro-engineering.

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