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Walter Steinlin

Walter Steinlin is President of CTI, the Swiss Innovation Promotion Agency. He graduated as Electronics Engineer from ETH Zürich in 1977 and is an alumnus of the INSEAD Executive Education Program. He worked at Hasler Research (now Ascom), and in different positions with Swisscom. His longest assignement was as head of “Swisscom Innovations” for twelve years, from 1996 - 2008. Walter was active in international telecommunications standardization (ITU, ETSI) until 1996. From 2005-2007 he was President of EIRMA (European Industrial Research Management Institute). He was or still is in boards of several organisations, such as the Committee on Research and Education of economiesuisse, the Advisory Board of I&C School at EPFL, on the founders‘ board of IDIAP and EURECOM, as President of the Board of iimt (International Institute of Management in Technology) in Fribourg, in the Foundation Council and Executive Committee of the Swiss National Science Foundation and in the Foundation Council of the Swiss Innovation Park.

Willy Zwaenepoel

Graduated BS/MS from the University of Gent, Belgium and PhD from Stanford University, he is currently a Professor of Computer Science at EPFL. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE, he has received the IEEE Kanai Award and several best paper awards, and is a member of the Belgian and European Academies. He has also been involved in a number of startups, including BugBuster, iMimic (now part of Cisco), Midokura, TypeSafe and Nutanix.

Francois Stieger

Well known entrepreneur and angel investor in Switzerland . He has held senior operational positions in large corporations and mentored many successful startups. Among other roles, he was SVP of (EMEA) operations at VeriSign Inc, Managing Director of operations of Southern and Central Europe field operations at Oracle and Venture Partner at Amadeus Capital Partners Limited. He sits on the advisory board of the EPFL Faculty of Informatics and Communication, Socrata Inc. in Seattle, member of ICES Foundation (International Centre for Earth Simulation) in Geneva and is a board member of Broadvision Corp. in San Francisco.

Andres Brabeck

Andres is running his own family office " The Glasshouse SA " in Montreux , Switzerland since 2012. From 2000-2012 he has been working for the Roche Group , first for Roche Vitamins in Sao Paulo , Brazil as  Finance Director division Latin America and then as Finance Director for Roche Products Ltd in the United Kingdom. Andres has a great experience in running corporate financial services including financing , tax , treasury, controlling and procurement. He knows very well the pharmaceutical , drug and food markets but also gained an international and multicultural experience by working in Chile , Brazil and the United Kingdom. Andres graduated from the London Business School earning a Master Degree in Finance. He speaks Spanish , English , French and German.