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 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.
Prof. Willy Zwaenepoel
Graduated BS/MS from the University of Gent, Belgium and PhD from Stanford University, he is currently a Dean of Engineering at the University of Sydney. Previously he was a Professor of Computer Science at EPF and at Rice University. Willy 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 (now part of Cisco), iMimic (now part of Cisco), Lightbend and Nutanix (Nasdaq:NTNX).