Prof. Dr. Dirk Helbing is a Professor of Computational Social Science in the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH in Zurich, as well as being associated with the Computer Science Department there. He acquired a doctorate in physics and worked as the managing director of the institute for economy and transport at TU Dresden. He gained international awareness with his work on pedestrian numbers and mass panics, road traffic and computer models of social processes. His recent studies discuss globally networked risks and the hidden regularities of the global spread of disease. Dirk Helbing is an elected member of the Leopoldina, the German National Academy of Sciences. In addition, on 10th January 2014, he received an honorary doctorate from TU Delft, where he is now leading the PhD programme “Engineering Social Technologies for a Responsible Digital Future”.
Peter E. Regli, born July 20th 1944 in Airolo/TI, has a Master Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the SFIT (ETH) Zürich and acts as consultant in national security questions in Switzerland and abroad. After twelve years as an engineer in the Federal Armament and Procurement Agency in Berne he directed, from 1981 until 1988, the Swiss Air Force Intelligence Service. From 1990 until 1999 he headed the Swiss Intelligence Service as its Director with the rank of Major General. Peter Regli was a fighter pilot in Swiss Air Force. He commanded a fighter squadron, a wing and a fighter regiment. From 1974 until 1977 he served as Deputy Defense Attaché and military-diplomat in Scandinavia, at the Swiss Embassy in Stockholm (Sweden). Peter Regli speaks Italian (his mother tongue), French, German, English, Spanish, Swedish and basic Russian. He is married to Irene Krieger (master in law) and lives nearby Bern. He is a Swiss ski instructor, a hobby cook and likes Italian opera. He and his wife love to meet interesting and interested people, from different cultures, worldwide.
Dr. Martin Erkens leads the Pharma Research and Early Development Informatics organization (pREDi) of Roche. Data Science supporting drug projects as well as Research and Early Development solutions are among the key contributions of his organization. He was responsible for supporting multiple mergers and acquisitions, implementing a wide range of diverse solutions including a digital media environment for early development, a reasearch imaging data warehouse a efficient data review tool for early clinical studies and a LIMS for “omics” laboratories.
Prior to becoming head of pREDi he ran various IT organizations in the clinical space and was responsible to implement global systems for drug project and portfolio planning, global sales reporting, electronic data capture of clinical trials (the first large cloud-based system at Roche), clinical imaging and a system environment for the internal clinical phase I unit. During this time Martin also led a program establishing a complete new blue print of the system landscape supporting clinical development resulting in an investment program over 5 years and 100+ mUSD investment.
Martin received his PhD in Mathematics (stability theory) from the Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg. He also holds two degrees in Mathematics and Physics (“Diplom” and “Staatsexamen”) from the same university.
Nicole des Bouvrie is a philosopher and writer. She earned her PhD at the European Graduate School in Switzerland. Her dissertation was called ‘The Necessity of the Impossible’, and covers her main interest: thinking about change. Can we only repeat history, or is real change possible? How can we see and do what cannot be known yet? How can we do the impossible? Does our thinking and the structures in which we live already presuppose the outcome of the questions we ask ourselves? These are some of the questions she thinks and writes about. Not only in a purely philosophical way, but also very practical – what do these problems mean for the way we deal with climate change for instance? At the moment she is writing a book on how our striving to attain world peace is hindered by our understanding of change.
Dr. iur. Julian Mausbach is an ‘Oberassistent’ in criminal law and criminal procedure law at the University of Zurich since August 2015. He studied law (mainly) at the Goethe University of Frankfurt (Germany), is trained as a lawyer and received his doctorate from the University of Zurich, Switzerland for his thesis on medical confidentiality and regulation of disclosure in the field of physicians working in prisons (2010 Dr.iur.). He joined the law school of the University of Zurich in 2006 and worked first as a research assistant to Prof. Dr. Tag and later as the managing director of the center for excellence of medicine, ethics and law.
He is also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of “Pflegerecht” and was one of the operators of the winterschool “Personalized Medicine” in 2014. Among other topics he works and published to the human research law and transplantation law as well as to the electronic patient records law.
Volker Birk is member of Chaostreff Winterthur and Chaos Computer Club (CCC)
Switzerland. Volker is working as a software architect and security
consultant. He is doing research in language theory and modeling theory, as
well as compiler construction. Volker is founder of p≡p, “pretty Easy privacy”.
He’s the head of the council of p≡p foundation, a nonprofit foundation under
Karem Albash is a Business Mindset Expert, who supports people in their personal and economical growth. He stands for latereal thinking, intuitive decisions and creative sourcing of good ideas. He has a Master of Science of the prestigious ETH in Zürich and worked as an officer for the Swiss Army. During College he discovered his passion for mindset techniques, spirituality and their benefits for life and work. Since then he accomplished more than 8’000 hours of meditation and developed training and coaching programs to help people to live a successful business spirit. 2014 he founded the Swiss Lateral Thinking Day and he is convinced, that a valuable product will achieve happiness in three areas: for the customer, the company and the entrepreneur.