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Confirmed Speakers (2023)

A complete list of confirmed speakers and their bios.
>Will be updated for 2024.<

Dr. Nettra Pan

Professor at Bayes Business School, United Kingdom

Nettra Danette Pan is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Entrepreneurship at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass), London, United Kingdom. Nettra received her doctorate in Management of Technology from EPFL (Switzerland) in 2018. Nettra's expertise is in individual and organizational identity.


Dr. Alexander Ilic

Executive Director at ETH AI Center, Switzerland

PD Dr. Alexander Ilic is the Executive Director and a co-​founder of the ETH AI Center. Alex is a Swiss-​German deep tech entrepreneur, researcher, and investor. He co-​founded the computer vision start-​up Dacuda which was acquired by Augmented Reality pioneer Magic Leap in 2017.


Isabelle Siegrist

CEO & Founder at Sandborn, Switzerland

Isabelle Siegrist has been helping to build up companies across Switzerland since 2014, first for 2 years at as CIO and then with her own company builder Sandborn. Isabelle was recognized as one of the TOP 100 Businesswomen in Switzerland 2018, 2019, and 2020 and is a Forbes 30 under 30 Alumna (2019).


Anil Sethi

Entrepreneur in Residence at ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Anil Sethi is a serial entrepreneur, author and teacher. He founded ETH spinoff Flisom in 2005, leading to an exit in 2022. He served as CEO/CFO of Flimson till 2012, and raised over CHF 100M in the process. Anil serves as an entrepreneur in residence and as an external lecturer at ETH. His course has resulted in over 35 startups over the past 6 years. He is the author of the book "From Science to Startup".

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Cynthia Jurytko

Principal at Ebay, Switzerland

Cynthia Jurytko works in M&A at Ebay and is a lecturer of Tech Investing at ETH Zurich. Cynthia has over 10+ years of international experience at small to large size organizations in M&A, corporate strategy, restructuring, international expansion and portfolio management. Cynthia is also a Co-Founder and Board Chair of S2S Ventures, an independent Swiss students-2-students VC fund.


Dr. Roland Siegwart

Professor at ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Roland Siegwart (1959) is full Professor of Autonomous Systems at ETH Zurich since July 2006 and Founding Co-​Director of the Wyss Zurich. Roland spent ten years as professor at EPFL Lausanne (1996 – 2006) and held visiting positions at Stanford University and NASA Ames, as well as co-​founding half a dozen spin-​off companies.


Dr. Karim Maizar

Partner at Kellerhals Carrard, Switzerland

Dr. iur. Karim Maizar is a partner at law firm Kellerhals Carrard in the Zurich office. Karim is a co-founder and head of the firm’s Startup Desk. He is closely associated with the ieLab at ETH Zurich and acts as a coach in innovation at UZH. In 2019 he was named one of Switzerland’s “Top 100 Digital Shapers” by Bilanz/Handelszeitung/Le Temps.

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Dr. Umberto Milano

Senior Associate at Kellerhals Carrad, Switzerland

Dr. Umberto Milano is a business lawyer with an international background (admitted in Switzerland, Italy and New York). Umberto's legal practice is focused primarily on corporate law, with special expertise in the field of startups, venture capital, M&A, both domestic and cross-border, as well as capital markets. He is also active in Fintech, with regard to both regulatory and civil law aspects.


Dr. Gabriele Schwarz

Innovation Mentor at Innosuisse, Switzerland

Dr. Gabriele Schwarz works as an Innovation Mentor at Innosuisse, the Swiss Innovation Agency. Since 2013, she has supported around 300 project applications in the areas of ICT, engineering, energy, and social sciences. Gabriele is also a partner at Innovista Management GmbH, a Zurich-based company specializing in the training of innovation and technology methods. She studied information & technology management at the University of St.Gallen (HSG).


Dr. Christophe Moser

Professor at EPFL, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Christophe Moser was the co-founder and CEO of Ondax (exit to Coherent) prior to joining EPFL as an Associate then Full professor of Microengineering. He raised $15 million to fund his first venture. Christophe also co-founded Composyt Light Labs (exit to Intel), EarlySight (2019), Readily3D (2020), and Modendo (2022).

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Dr. Jana Thiel

Senior Researcher at ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Dr. Jana Thiel is a senior researcher at ETH Zurich. her research focuses on entrepreneurial action and management. Jana has extensive teaching experience in academic contexts across Europe, and has also been the co-​founder of a SaaS B2B business.


Georges Khneysser

CEO & Founder at QBIT Capital, Switzerland

Georges Khneysser is the founder and Chief Vision Officer of QBIT Capital, based in Zurich, Switzerland. Georges has 30+ years of experience, among others, in the Capital Markets including in Venture Capital investing. He has lived and worked in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and California. Georges is passionate about quantum physics, chess, contemporary art, and watchmaking.

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Stephan Seyboth

Founder at Mo Unicorns Coaching, Switzerland

Stephan Seyboth is a software engineer turned product manager turned investor. He was a co-founder and CTO at Yieeha, a pioneering German social shopping site, before joining Google for 8 years as a product manager. After that, he co-founded Fly Ventures, a specialized VC for technical founders solving hard problems, and is currently working on his next venture.

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Antonia Albert

Principal at Wingman Ventures, Switzerland

Antonia Albert is a founder turned investor at Wingman Ventures based in Zurich. Antonia lived the last 10 years in Berlin, founded her first company at the age of 25, scaled it to >150 FTEs, and raised capital. At Wingman, she now invests in Switzerland's best founders and is especially passionate about founder growth and leadership topics. She is also involved with Wingman Campus Fund, Wingman's student-run VC fund.


Dr. William R. Cockayne

Lecturer at Stanford University, United States

Dr. Bill Cockayne is a long-time citizen of Silicon Valley and performer in the global innovation ecosystem. Bill is the founder of Stanford Foresight, an initiative initiative investigating the best practices for vision-led innovation. He is also the author of a forthcoming book called "Moonshots: 50+ Ways to Turn Radical Ideas Into Reality."


Dr. Claudia Scheckel

CEO & Co-Founder at Oncobit, Switzerland

Dr. Claudia Scheckel is co-founder and CEO of Oncobit, which focuses on next generation cancer diagnostics and monitoring technology. Claudia has worked for almost 10 years in  biomedical research and is driven by the impact science can have on our society.  She has a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Basel and a degree in management from HSG.


Réginald Bien-Aimé

Head of Community at Mindstone, United Kingdom

Réginald (Reggie) Bien-Aimé wears a lot of hats. Reggie is an entrepreneur, community builder, consultant, innovation catalyst, and former Fuckup Nights Switzerland Founder and Host. He is the Head of Community at Mindstone, an innovative learning platform.


Dr. Hervé Lebret

Co-Head Startup Studio at Inria, France

Dr. Hervé Lebret co-heads Startup Studio at INRIA, the French National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology. Previously, Hervé led the EPFL Innogrants program for sciencepreneurs, and was an Investment Manager at Index Ventures. He is a specialist in start-up culture and entrepreneurship, and is also the author of a book called "Start-up, what we will still learn from Silicon Valley."

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Thomas Meier

Managing Partner at Lightbird Ventures, Switzerland

Thomas Meier is Managing Partner at Lightbird and Partner at Marcau Partners. Previously, Thomas was a VC at Redalpine, and worked in consulting, hedge funds and research. He holds an MS in Finance and is a member of Kauffman Fellows Class 24. Thomas is also a Co-Founder and Board Member of S2S Ventures, a independent Swiss students-2-students VC fund.


Dr. Murielle Schreck

Ceo & Co-Founder at qCella, Switzerland


Pascal Weinberger

Ceo & Co-Founder at Bardeen, United States


Dr. Herbert Bay

Ceo & Co-Founder at Earkick, Switzerland

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Dr. Tomas Brenner

Venture Lead at ETH Zurich, Switzerland


Dr. Hans Gersbach

Professor at ETH Zurich, Switzerland

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