Speakers at the Swiss Talent Forum 2017
Head of Business Development | Apps with love
Michael started his career in the digital business in 2010. After his studies at the UAS Northwestern Switzerland in international Business Administration, he worked in different positions at Swisscom, among others as as a project manager “live communications”. Currently, he is working as the Head of Business Development at Apps with love and is lecturing at various universities of applied sciences. Due to his broad working experience, Michael Schranz was involved in multiple digital projects and supported them form the first idea and concept until the market entrance. Within his working environment, he was able to develop various skills and a wide network.
CEO, Co-Founder | Gryps
Gaby is co-founder of the 2010 established quote request portal Gryps.ch. She has a degree in computer science and economics. The management of Gryps, which by now has 13 employees, is equally shared by the two founders as Co-CEOs. In 2013 the entrepreneurs managed to generate capital investment and thereby continued the growth strategy of the initially self-financed company. Over the last year quote requests in the total contract value of 75 Mio. Swiss Francs were mediated through Gryps. Prior to the foundation of Gryps Gaby Stäheli held various leading positions at IBM Switzerland.
Founder | EDACY
I uniquely combine experience in technology entrepreneurship, development finance and education across 3 continents – North America, Europe and Africa. As founder of Edacy, I work with EPFL — Swiss Institute of Technology to solve graduates unemployment problem through skills-focused requalification training program in Africa. Previously built a video-search platform and API with a successful exit in 2015. Served for 5 years as CEO and Board Director of 2 Microfinance banks in Nigeria, hired and trained over 700 employees, and grew portfolio from zero to +$20M, serving over 45,000 low income customers. Recognized as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum in 2014 and later named to the Forum Expert Network in 2016. Finalist at the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield competition and Top 100 Swiss entrepreneur. I actively share my time and experience as a speaker at IMD Business School and the World Economic Forum as a panelist and/or session leader.
Dr. Giovanna Davatz
CMO, Co Founder | Arktis Detectors
Giovanna earned her PhD in particle physics from ETH Zurich stationed at CERN, Geneva working on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). She also studied business engineering and holds a degree in product management. After her PhD she co-founded the company Arktis Radiation Detectors Ltd where she has the position of head of Marketing and Aftersales. Giovanna has broad-based experience in program and project management of interdisciplinary teams, product life-cycle support, experimental physics, cyber security and software algorithms, including Monte-Carlo simulation programs.
Prof. Ralph Eichler
President of the foundation Board SYiS | Swiss Youth in Science
Ralph Eichler received his PhD in physics from ETH Zurich. He went on to pursue post-doctoral research in California, Hamburg, and at ETH Zurich, and was a project manager at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). In 1989, he became professor of physics at ETH Zurich. In the course of his career in science, Eichler returned to Hamburg from 1995 to 1997 as head of the international collaboration H1, before being Director of the Paul Scherrer Institute from 2002 to 2007. From September 2007 until December 2014, he was President of the ETH Zürich und member of the ETH Board. He is a member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW) and President of the Board of Trustees at Swiss Youth in Science. In addition, he is on the Board of Directors of Belenos Clean Power Holding Ltd. in Biel, a member of the Venture Foundation, of the Oberwolfach Foundation, and on the Board of Councilors of the Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology (OIST).
Founder | Scout24 and MyHandicap
After earning a degree in business administration in Hamburg and gaining several years of experience as a management consultant, in 1990 Joachim Schoss founded his own consultancy, which he sold in 1996 and which is now part of KPMG. During that same period, he launched a call centre in Wilhelmshaven in 1993. Its sale to the US market leader in 1997, involving 350 employees, was also very successful. In 1998, he founded ImmobilienScout24 as the start-up’s largest shareholder, as well as Scout24 AG, where he was the first CEO and largest private investor. A serious traffic accident in late 2002 led to him relinquishing operational management responsibilities and to the sale of Scout24 to Deutsche Telekom. Schoss subsequently founded the charitable foundation MyHandicap and became a member of various supervisory and governing boards. He was or is an angel investor of several start-ups like Moneybookers, ResearchGate, bettermarks, Bankhaus Herzogpark and 1plusX. At HSG, he initiated the Center for Disability and Integration, and also teaches entrepreneurship since 2013.