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Carsten Sudhoff
Carsten Sudhoff

Chairman of the Board

Carsten believes in the power of collaboration because he has seen the incredible results of collaboration in the global HR organizations he transformed, in the company he founded and the communities he built and chaired. His broad industry and functional experience have helped him understand how companies are run and his role as lead the World Economic Forum’s think tank on Dz New Models of Leadership dz has driven his thought leadership in this domain. In 2013 Carsten founded CircularSociety helping organizations fuse economic and societal sustainability. He is a business school faculty with an ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) leadership program and an international keynote speaker. Carsten holds an MBA from HEC Paris and has lived in eight countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Marcel Gasser
Marcel Gasser

Board Member

Marcel does not see himself as a classic business guy, although he created many own ventures in international context and different industries. He tries to live his own passion in various projects and start-ups and motivate others to do so. He is convinced that there is no stupid; only the lazy. Even some setbacks (positive fuckup stories) did not take him off his path, which he goes convinced but not stubborn. His motivation and impetus is to promote projects with impact creation and being a connector all over the world. Entrepreneurship and, above all, work with young entrepreneurs inspire him every day. Marcel holds an eMBA/MBA in international business, has lots of international experiences and is highly motivated to enlarge entrepreneurship in Switzerland with Global Entrepreneurship Network and also building the bridges internationally. He is proud to work with a highly motivated and experienced board. All engagement of current and future member of GEN Switzerland is highly appreciated.

Anil Sethi
Anil Sethi

Board Member

Anil Sethi is a serial entrepreneur, author and teacher. He founded his first company Flisom in 2005, as a spinoff of the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich. After raising over CHF 80 million, he exited successfully. Subsequently, he co-founded a number of other technology startups including Scrona and Instaheat. He was honoured with the recognition of Associated Fellow by the United Nations for their initiative “The Defeat NCD Partnership. Hosted by UNITAR, the Partnership focuses on addressing Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in order to mitigate early mortality. NCDs are responsible for over 70% of all mortalities in the world, and include cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, to name a few. His specific mandate as advisor to the CEO for health initiatives is to help identify the causes that lead to early mortality (including child mortality) due to NCDs, equalling over 15 million deaths. This effort has rolled out in Myanmar and Rwanda and will soon cover 90 of the least developed countries around the world. Anil serves as an entrepreneur in residence and as an external lecturer at ETHZ and teaches courses on entrepreneurship. His course has resulted in over 20 startups over the past 5 years. He is also an accredited Innosuisse coach for scale-up startups, helping them reach scale. Anil's first book on technology entrepreneurship, “From Science to Startup”, which was published by Springer in 2016, was recognised as one of the top five books in the world in 2017 for innovation and entrepreneurship. In this book, Anil fills the gap between science and startups by combining his learnings from his past startups as well as from multiple startups and technology companies he has advised. His upcoming book on how to create a billion dollar startup is scheduled for publication in 2021.

Barbara Rübel
Barbara Rübel

Board Member

Barbara is excited about the goals of GEN as she strongly believes that entrepreneurship, like in the late 1800’s, will be key to the long-term economic success of Switzerland. Barbara has over 20 years of corporate brand and marketing experience at the country, regional and global level which she is now using as a freelancer helping companies and startups grow their business internationally. She is active in the entrepreneur scene as a board member of the ETH Entrepreneur Club, a coach for the Winterthur Runway startups and a brand expert for the Kickstart Accelerator program. Barbara has a multinational background having lived or worked in Asia, Europe and the United States and has both Swiss and American citizenship. She has a MBA from Northwestern University / Kellogg in Marketing and Finance and a B.S. in Industrial Management.

Fiorina Mugione
Fiorina Mugione

Board Member

Economist with MBA in international trade. She leads since 2006, the Entrepreneurship Programme at UNCTAD. It aims to inspire entrepreneurship, strengthen the supply capacity of small and medium enterprises through entrepreneurship development and business linkages. Fiorina coordinates the EMPRETEC programme – the one stop agency for small and medium sized enterprise development- in 40 countries around the world (www.empretec.net). Main skills: More than 20 years of experience in international organizations, establishing and leading programmes for private sector development; Designed and coordinated the implementation of more than 30 technical cooperation programmes as team leader. Fluent in English, French and Spanish

Christian Baechler
Christian Baechler

Board Member

As an advisor for Marketing, Sales and Brand Positioning, Christian believes in the magic of creating winˣ situations. He is a expert marketeer with long-standing experience in different positions and sectors in Switzerland and abroad. He has a deep understanding and passion for nascent technologies, a distinctive conceptual and entrepreneurial mindset, comprehensive knowledge of business development and innovation methods, as well as a pool of cutting-edge marketing and sales measures. Since 2016 he is Managing Partner of the Basel based company woowai AG and runs his boutique consultancy BÆCHLER Consulting.

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Advancing Swiss Entrepreneurship

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

GEN-Switzerland is hosting a round table discussion on “Learning From Global Innovation Hubs?”

In order to solve our global challenges and build sustainable economies and societies, we need to connect entrepreneurs around the world. GEN Switzerland is dedicated to building bridges between the local and global entrepreneur ecosystems.

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