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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.

Marian Gaultney

Marian is the Managing Director of mmg Consulting, a cross-border technology consultancy she founded in 1996 and has managed from the US (2 years), London (4 years), Germany (7 years) and now Hong Kong (5 years). From 2014-2017 she was Head, International Collaboration & Business Development, for the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP). From 1988-1996, Marian was a Partner in Peter Wodtke & Partners (PWP), a London-based boutique investment advisory firm where she was Managing Director of the firm's Zurich office from 1994-1996. Prior to PWP, Marian was a Vice President at Republic Bank in Houston, Texas, now Bank of America. Marian has extensive experience in cross-border partnerships in the finance and technology sectors having served on several company and non-profit boards. She has her BA from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota and grew up in Cameroon, West Africa.

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. Formerly in the advisory board of the EPFL Faculty of Informatics and Communication, he is still active in the advisory board 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.