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Legal
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Strategy
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Transformation, Growth, Transition from start-up to scale-up

Bertrand Klaiber

Program manager, EPFL Innovation Park

Bertrand Klaiber

Program manager, EPFL Innovation Park

Experience:

Bertand Klaiber has 30 years of experience in Cleantech and Medtech industries, where is hold several positions related to engineering and innovation management, strategic marketing and international business development.

In 2012 he co-created the EssentialTech program at EPFL and developed an impact entrepreneurship approach to harness technology and business to drive sustainable development.

From 2015 to 2022 he founded and led as the CEO the startup Pristem (teleradiology services and battery-powered medical X-ray systems), thus gaining experience in the whole life cycle of a startup, from scientific research to fundraising (CHF 18mio), team building, product industrialization, certification and go-to-market.

In 2023 he launched Tech4Regeneration program at EPFL Innovation Park.

Industries:
Energy
Infrastructures
Transportation
Fields of expertise:

Botaya Laurent

Head of innovation strategy and Venture Building, Romande Energie SA (RE Ventures)

Botaya Laurent

Head of innovation strategy and Venture Building, Romande Energie SA (RE Ventures)

Experience:

Passionate about the forces that are driving change in our society, such as the transition to lower-carbon economy and innovations, I have a dual academic background (engineering/business school) and 16 years of work experience. A few achievements:

  • helped a new intrant in the energy sector develop its renewable energy activities on the French market
  • defined the growth strategy for a major transportation company in the Americas and assessed new opportunities
  • helped launch a tech start up (BtoC, text to speech technology)
  • managed business development for a Canadian SME that specializes in advanced healthcare technologies
  • worked as a strategy consultant for various large European companies (banks, insurance, telecom…)
  • performed due diligences on startups in the energy sector for investment banks
  • and finally created my own consulting services (strategy, impact investing and energy transition)
Industries:
Natural Resources
Energy
Infrastructures
Transportation
Fields of expertise:

Chantal Baer

Founder & CEO, Admarka & Swiss House of Brands

Chantal Baer

Founder & CEO, Admarka & Swiss House of Brands

Experience:

The art of strategically combining her expertise as a linguist, marketing expert and sustainability consultant to build successful brands.

Chantal is Co-founder of Swiss House of Brand and founder of Admarka, co-author of the book “les leviers de croissance à l’ère de l’économie numérique", member of the “Cercle Suisse des administratrices “, member of different Boards, speaker & moderator. 

Industries:
Energy
Infrastructures
Food & Agriculture
Transportation
Consumer Products
Fields of expertise:

David Truffer

R&D Team Manager, Viasat Antenna Systems SA

David Truffer

R&D Team Manager, Viasat Antenna Systems SA

Experience:

During 18 years leading R&D teams to successfully design and transfer to mass production medical devices under the brands Compex and Chattanooga, David acquired extended experiences in customer/business understanding, engineering leadership, R&D organization,and productization.

Over the past 10 years, David had the opportunity to work for big corporations, Nestlé and today Viasat, and the ScaleUp Flyability. He enjoyed supporting the Sartup Lunaphore as Technical Advisor, up to its successful exit.

Industries:
Enabling Technologies
Consumer Products
Fields of expertise:

Dhanesh Kothari

Founder, CEO, Positive Impact Technologies (pi2Life)

Dhanesh Kothari

Founder, CEO, Positive Impact Technologies (pi2Life)

Experience:

Dhanesh has been in IT industry for 27 years at global corporate and in entrepreneurship. During his 20 years of corporate career he held senior management positions in global roles at Accenture, Credit Suisse and JP Morgan.

Since over 7 years, Dhanesh is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, and advisor primarily at the intersection of technology platforms for making a positive impact by addressing sustainability challenges.

Dhanesh holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science, enterprise architect and PMI certifications

Industries:
Enabling Technologies
Fields of expertise:

Dr. Cara Tobin

Innovation Coach | Founder, C Greene Solutions

Dr. Cara Tobin

Innovation Coach | Founder, C Greene Solutions

Experience:

Cara founded a successful blended climate finance platform in 2015.

In 2018, she was invited to join Clean Energy Ventures (CEV) where she mentors start-ups  funded by CEV at seed and Series A levels.

Cara mentors approximately 40  companies annually for Mass Challenge (MC) Switzerland  as their climate solutions and sustainable manufacturing coach. She supports  MC start-ups to identify KPIs, improve pitches and financial projections and  find paid pilots and investment. This year, Cara supported start-ups to  quantify their impacts on the SDGs. In 2023, she coached 6 of the top 10  start-ups and has received the highest ratings as a coach for 2 consecutive  years. Some of the start-ups that Cara has coached/is coaching include:  LiveGrow Bio, Carbonaught, Gaia Technologies, Databaum, Revocircle and  Instaheat.

Cara is also an Energy and Environment expert for Innosuisse.  

Industries:
Natural Resources
Consumer Products
Energy
Food & Agriculture
Infrastructures
Fields of expertise:

Dr. Eric Favre

Global Engineering Director, IMI Precision

Dr. Eric Favre

Global Engineering Director, IMI Precision

Experience:

Passionate, successful, and seasoned engineering and innovation executive, having led multiple R&D teams around the world, benefiting from a sharp and holistic business understanding to shape and optimize processes, tools, and organizations, to timely deliver and produce new products impacting the business, creating value for all stakeholders.

Took benefit from the above to coach and drive technology startups to success, highly appreciated by owners and shareholders, staying close to small SMEs and research organizations to develop collaborations and a proper agile innovation mindset.

MSc (1986) and PHD (1990) from EPFL, then always active in developing business / products (motors &electronics, sensors, fluidic related products) for OEM customers, working first 10 years for a startup (ETEL), then 10 years for a mid-size and global sensors’ company (LEM), then 12 years for a large multinational (IMI).

Industries:
Natural Resources
Energy
Transportation
Food & Agriculture
Fields of expertise:

Dr. Michel Jaccard

Founder and Partner, id est avocats

Dr. Michel Jaccard

Founder and Partner, id est avocats

Experience:

Michel Jaccard is the founder of id est avocats — a certified B Corp, with a CSR certification by EcoVadis, member of the UN Global Compact, and awarded an impact label by the myclimate foundation.

For the past 25 years, Michel Jaccard has been involved in corporate finance and M&A deals in Switzerland and abroad, acting for entrepreneurs and owners, venture capital and private equity firms, industrial buyers and financial sponsors. He also advises purpose driven, hybrid companies and impact investors on governance and sustainability issues.

He is co-creator of the Impact Term Sheet, member of the working group for introduction of a new legal status of Sustainable Enterprise in Switzerland, and also Lecturer at E4S Enterprise for Society Center (UNIL, IMD, EPFL) 

Michel Jaccard holds a Ph.D. in Law from University of Lausanne and a Master of Laws from Columbia Law School (LLM’97). He is CEDR Accredited Mediator and also admitted to the New York Bar.

Industries:
Consumer Products
Enabling Technologies
Energy
Food & Agriculture
Infrastructures
Fields of expertise:

Dr. Pascale Van Landuyt

Head of Alliance program, Innovation Coach | Alliance-EPFL

Dr. Pascale Van Landuyt

Head of Alliance program, Innovation Coach | Alliance-EPFL

Experience:

Pascale Van Landuyt is currently Head of Alliance, industrial liaison program hosted at EPFL. Her mission is to foster the collaboration between companies and all the academic institutions in Western Switzerland, through R&D research agreements, student internships or with start-ups. In this position, she gave support to companies in their innovation journey, including technology scouting, project design and obtaining public funding.

From 2000 to 2012, she was involved in Enterprise Europe Network, with a focus on fostering collaboration between Swiss start-ups and European companies.

Before, she spent 10 years in academic research on implantable biomaterials for orthopaedics at the EPFL and at University of Louvain in collaboration with hospitals and companies. Pascale holds a PhD and is an engineer in Materials Sciences.

Her favorite topics are materials, medtech, biotech, foodtech and sustainability.

Industries:
Natural Resources
Enabling Technologies
Food & Agriculture
Consumer Products
Fields of expertise:

Dr. Werner Halter

Founder and CEO, Climate Services SA

Dr. Werner Halter

Founder and CEO, Climate Services SA

Experience:

After obtaining his doctorate in geochemistry at McGill University in Montreal, Werner worked as a post-doc in the geology department of the University of Lausanne and as assistant professor at the ETH Zurich.

Seeking new challenges, he left the academic world to run the company Swiss Climate in Bern, which specializes in CO2-related issues, between 2008 and 2013. With a view to further developing the concept of CO2 management for SMEs, Werner founded Climate Services in Fribourg in 2013. Over the last 10 years, he supported hundreds of companies as well as public entities in developing an approach to manage the transition to a net zero carbon economy.

Industries:
Energy
Natural Resources
Transportation
Consumer Products
Fields of expertise:

Ella Thésée

Innovation Coach | Founder, Synergies Singulières

Ella Thésée

Innovation Coach | Founder, Synergies Singulières

Experience:

Ella is a Professional coach and change management practitioner who holds an MSc in Industrial Process Engineering.

Based on her engineering background with in-depth knowledge of effective organization and cooperation, she supports startups with their innovation projects in a wide range of application areas.

  • Ella worked 12 years in the recycling industry as R&D Project/Program Manager and then Product Owner for innovation for a leading R&D company in environmental services.
  • She has 4 years experience as Agile Coach and Agile Business Partner for PwC Digital Factory. 
  • She founded Synergies Singulières and offers coaching services for teams & managers
     
Industries:
Consumer Products
Enabling Technologies
Fields of expertise:

Fabrice Leclerc

CEO, Wild keepers | Board Member

Fabrice Leclerc

CEO, Wild keepers | Board Member

Experience:

Fabrice is an innovator and entrepreneur who makes innovation a force for positive human and environmental evolution. His collaborations with renowned organisations such as Haagen Dazs, L'Oréal's Prestige, Apple, SKY, Nespresso, Google, the United Nations and
Patagonia have received international recognition. He sits on the board of directors of several start-ups and major groups, and lectures at Bocconi, EPFL and HEC universities

Industries:
Natural Resources
Energy
Infrastructures
Food & Agriculture
Consumer Products
Fields of expertise:

Fadi Mujahid

Digital Agriculture Expert, Green Mawared

Fadi Mujahid

Digital Agriculture Expert, Green Mawared

Experience:

As a Digital Transformation Expert and Information Management Expert, I have over 25 years of experience in ICT consultancy, network design, and implementation, software analysis, design and development, and software project management. Throughout my career, I have contributed to various organizations, including the United Nations, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ), and FAO - Subregional Office for Southern Africa. I have led teams, implemented software systems, mentored startups, and designed business intelligence dashboards for retailers and supply chain providers.

In my most recent role as a Digital Agriculture Expert for a FAO project, I wrote digital content, conducted digital agriculture training, and served as a mentor and jury member for the Digital Agriculture National Contest.

Industries:
Natural Resources
Food & Agriculture
Enabling Technologies
Fields of expertise:

Géraldine Fiol

Strategy and Sustainability Consultant, Besustainaball

Géraldine Fiol

Strategy and Sustainability Consultant, Besustainaball

Experience:

Géraldine is a Strategy and Sustainability Consultant

In 2019, while Director of Strategy Business Planning Europe for the car manufacturer Nissan, she founded besustainaball to engage companies in reinventing themselves and creating innovative business models for a more sustainable and inclusive society.

Trained in sustainable management, circular economy and climate issues, she guides organisations and their teams in structuring and implementing their sustainability strategy, enabling them to combine business performance with positive impact on ecosystems and human communities.

Industries:
Transportation
Consumer Products
Enabling Technologies
Fields of expertise:

Irina Sokolova

Sustainability manager, EPFL Innovation Park

Irina Sokolova

Sustainability manager, EPFL Innovation Park

Experience:

An environmental science professional with a passion for international business development, I hold a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and a Master's degree in Natural Resource Management. My focus lies in actively contributing to the conservation of our planet's ecosystems.

My journey began as an environmental engineer, specializing in Environmental Impact Assessment for urban infrastructure and the oil and gas industry at engineering companies in Russia.

Later, I conducted research at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate in Germany, focusing on material flows and exploring ways to enhance resource efficiency while minimizing environmental impact.

Acknowledging the appeal of the business world, I enrolled in the Chamber of Commerce International Business Development program, leading to a successful transition into the watchmaking industry, where I excelled as a Sales Coordinator.

This unexpected shift allowed me to bridge the gap between environmental expertise and business acumen, gaining a unique perspective.

Specifically, I can assist startups with:

  • Environmental Impact Assessment: assessing and mitigating environmental footprint, ensuring solutions align with sustainability goals.
  • Business Development: refine business models, identify market opportunities, and create sustainable growth strategies.
  • Cross-disciplinary Collaboration: facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration within teams, enhancing the holistic approach to solving complex environmental challenges.

Industries:
Natural Resources
Energy
Consumer Products
Enabling Technologies
Fields of expertise:

J.A. Colantonio

Global Lead, Technology Scouting | Baltimore Aircoil Company

J.A. Colantonio

Global Lead, Technology Scouting | Baltimore Aircoil Company

Experience:

As a former commercialization fund manager at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL, USA), J.A. specialized in identifying and scoping R&D collaborations between startup tech developers and national lab researchers. J.A. also managed the NREL Investor Advisor Board, curating strategic content and thought leader discussions for 50 influential cleantech VC investors, and brings a unique perspective (and network) to fundraising advise.

At BAC, J.A. looks for game-changing technologies to ‘reinvent cooling to sustain the world,’ and works carefully across business units to evaluate the potential synergies and venture opportunities with hard-tech startup partners.

Industries:
Energy
Natural Resources
Infrastructures
Transportation
Enabling Technologies
Fields of expertise:

Laura Scorza

Senior Stakeholder Engagement Consultant, Quantis

Laura Scorza

Senior Stakeholder Engagement Consultant, Quantis

Experience:

Laura understands international environments, the challenges companies face in rethinking their role in society and recognising the power of diversity.

Her interest in sustainable development has given her a strong direction in her career. Her mission is to support companies of all sizes in their sustainable development approach and to help them communicate honestly and transparently and avoid greenwashing.

Her main areas of expertise are: corporate communication (including executive coaching), sustainability communication, employees and stakeholders engagement strategies, social impact, diversity and inclusion, and creative execution.

Industries:
Consumer Products
Enabling Technologies
Energy
Food & Agriculture
Infrastructures
Fields of expertise:

Luca Pompa

Business Development & Proposal Manager, Viasat

Luca Pompa

Business Development & Proposal Manager, Viasat

Experience:

Specialized in technologically and scientifically advanced products for Space applications, for a more sustainable exploration.

Active participation in the development of the company’s business strategy and market assessment. Experiences in satellite structure design, analysis, and tests. Knowledge in Additive Manufacturing (AM) for metals and expertise in 3D printing of polymers.

Member of World Alliance for Efficient Solutions, and expert for the Solar Impulse Foundation.

  • MSc in Space engineering at University of Politecnico di Milano with excellence scholarship (2015-2017).
  • BSc in Aerospace engineering at University of Politecnico di Milano with Pegasus award 2015.
  • Selected student to study abroad (extra-EU scholarship) at City University of Hong Kong under the Material Engineering department.

Industries:
Consumer Products
Enabling Technologies
Energy
Food & Agriculture
Infrastructures
Fields of expertise:

Marine Gruaz-Rébuffat

Co-founder & Head of Branding and Sustainable Brand Management, Swiss House of Brands

Marine Gruaz-Rébuffat

Co-founder & Head of Branding and Sustainable Brand Management, Swiss House of Brands

Experience:

A seasoned entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in the fields of branding, communication strategy and digital. 

Throughout my professional journey, I have founded 2 communication agencies and co-founded Swiss House of Brands, where I honed my skills in creating impactful and innovative communication strategies for various clients & industries.

I furthered my commitment to sustainability by undertaking a sustainable business management program at the University of Cambridge. 

My passion lies in blending my entrepreneurial spirit with a sustainable mindset and strong communication skills, and I am always eager to explore new opportunities and collaborations that align with these values.

Industries:
Consumer Products
Enabling Technologies
Energy
Food & Agriculture
Infrastructures
Fields of expertise:

Nicolas Ganshof

Founder & CEO, SICT (Swiss Industrial Consulting & Technology SA)

Nicolas Ganshof

Founder & CEO, SICT (Swiss Industrial Consulting & Technology SA)

Experience:

More than 20 years ago, Nicolas Since founded SICT that offers a wide range of services from R&D to product engineering, industrialization, and cost-effective, high-quality manufacturing.

Since then, Nicolas supported many startups, SMEs, and large companies to turn innovative concepts and technical challenges into breakthrough industrial solutions and products.

Industries:
Energy
Food & Agriculture
Transportation
Fields of expertise:

Olivier Chappuis

Innovation Lab Manager, maxon international ltd

Olivier Chappuis

Innovation Lab Manager, maxon international ltd

Experience:

Olivier Chappuis manages the maxon innovation Lab at the EPFL Innovation Park.
The objective of the Lab is to interface and collaborate with the EPFL research labs, startups and the whole rich local ecosystem and beyond.

Olivier has 25+ years of experience in business development and sales of high-tech B2B products on international markets.

He is passionate about open innovation and business development.

He holds a Master in Microtechnology from EPFL and an Exec. MBA from HEC-Lausanne University.

Industries:
Enabling Technologies
Fields of expertise:

Olivier Pajot

Innovation Cell Manager, Sonceboz SA

Olivier Pajot

Innovation Cell Manager, Sonceboz SA

Experience:

Olivier PAJOT is an experienced innovator, with over 25 years in new product development, currently working as Innovation Cell Manager at Sonceboz, specialized in mechatronic systems.

With a master's degree in energy conversion systems and a doctorate in physics, his expertise covers both theoretical and practical fields.

Involved in the EPFL Innovation Park for 13 years, Olivier is deeply rooted in its collaborative ecosystem.

As a longstanding member of the Venture Kick jury, he actively supports startups, drawing from his vast network and expertise to offer guidance and mentorship.

Industries:
Energy
Transportation
Enabling Technologies
Fields of expertise:

Sandra von Kaenel

Consultant in circular economy and founder of GoCircular

Sandra von Kaenel

Consultant in circular economy and founder of GoCircular

Experience:

Sandra is a circular economy consultant and founder of GoCircular.

With over 20 years of experience in international corporate companies, she specializes in industrial production, strategic asset management, and process control.

She holds a degree in Micromechanical Engineering and certificates in Circular Economy and Supply Chain Management.

Through GoCircular, Sandra assists companies in realizing the economic and environmental benefits of sustainable practices. She supports them in optimizing their manufacturing processes to minimize energy consumption, material waste, and improve overall efficiency. Additionally, she provides strategic guidance on how to design products and processes that maximize resource efficiency and promote circularity.

Industries:
Consumer Products
Energy
Natural Resources
Fields of expertise:

Tanja Markotic

VC Investment Manager, Romande Energie

Tanja Markotic

VC Investment Manager, Romande Energie

Experience:

Bachelor in Management and Master in Information Systems at HEC Lausanne

Professional experience in:

  • business models,
  • strategy and vision,
  • financial plans, valuations,
  • fundraising,
  • energy sector.
Industries:
Energy
Consumer Products
Enabling Technologies
Fields of expertise:

Thibaud Weick

Head of RE Ventures & Interim Director Markets | Romande Energie

Thibaud Weick

Head of RE Ventures & Interim Director Markets | Romande Energie

Experience:

I bring a wealth of experience gained in C-level positions across multiple markets and business sectors, as both a corporate leader and entrepreneur.

Worked across international territories, particularly EMEA.

I have built a reputation for operational excellence, having a special talent to develop innovative, transformational strategies which are driven by consumer data and AI, re-define customer experiences and unleash growth. Worked across most industries with a strong emphasis on telecoms, energy, AI, Machine Learning, Big Data and deep tech.

My ability to federate culturally diverse teams, to connect people and make things happen on the ground, has been proved, even in the most challenging environments globally, and recognized across both private and public sectors.

Intellectual stimulation, shaping the future, developing people beyond their own potential and delivering sustainable results are what really excites me professionally. They give me the energy and drive to perform both at a strategic and at an operational level, to stay agile, and to bridge the gap between ideas, concepts and revenue generation.

I lead by inspiration, collaboration and hard work and believe that everything is possible when done with passion, integrity and persistency, being true and consistent to my core values and beliefs wherever I am.

Industries:
Energy
Infrastructures
Fields of expertise:

Wiktor Korewa

Corporate Communications Specialist, Sponsoring Facilitator, Business Developer, Synergies Creator | Mana Consulting

Wiktor Korewa

Corporate Communications Specialist, Sponsoring Facilitator, Business Developer, Synergies Creator | Mana Consulting

Experience:

More than 15 years of experience in communication (private and public sectors) and sponsorship (PlanetSolar and SolarStratos).

In 2020, I joined my network with my passion for innovation, sustainability and sport and created my company Mana Consulting specialized in communication and sponsoring.

In 2023, willing to help innovative start-ups to develop their business, I began some collaborations and currently help my partners by finding clients for their products/solutions.

Industries:
Consumer Products
Enabling Technologies
Energy
Food & Agriculture
Infrastructures
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