Moving Around: The Future of Mobility and Spatial Planning in Switzerland 

2nd October 2019

Prof. Claudio Büchel – professor of traffic planning at HSR (Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil – is an experienced traffic planner. Before his professorship and lectureship at HSG Claudio worked for SBB as a supply planner and the Zurich public transport as an area manager. He received his degree as an engineer in spatial planning from HSR in 2006.

Linus Grob works at the Swiss Federal Railway’s long-term planning unit, which is tasked with identifying potentials for improving mobility in Switzerland in 2040+. This includes thinking in scenarios, spaces and intermodal travel chains, but also the evaluation of the impacts any futuristic mobility concept may have on the environment, society or the Swiss economy. Linus’ passion for sustainability is not limited to transportation, but also includes sustainable energy systems as well as sustainable finance in particular.

Andrea Del Duce – Senior Research Associate at the Sustainable Transport Systems Group of the University of Applied Science of Zurich. His work focuses on the transition towards sustainable mobility and particularly on the interaction between mobility and user behaviour.

Daniel Sutter joined INFRAS in 2004 and has been managing partner since 2018, heading the transport section at INFRAS in Zurich. His main focuses are transport economics (pricing, external costs, transport costs, and economic analyses), transport policy (impact analyses, financing, policy instruments), corporate strategy, environmental impacts and costs, as well as impact assessments and sustainability assessments.
Daniel Sutter holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Sciences from the ETH Zurich.

Han van de Wetering – MSc in Urbanism and architect. Han studied urbanism and architecture at the TU in Delft and is founder of the urban design studio “Van de Wetering Atelier für Städtebau” in Zurich. He is an expert in the integral planning of mobility and urbanism and lectures at various schools and universities (Burgdorf, Rapperswil, Yverdon). With his office he won the Swiss Urbanism Award 2018 (Stadtlandpreis).

How to Communicate Sustainability to Your Stakeholders

26th September 2019

Daniel Krieg – founder and CEO of KSP Krieg Schlupp Partner, an independent and owner-managed Swiss full service advertising agency. KSP differentiates itself in the market by “More Purpose – More Profit”. Its strategic partners are the CLVS Center for Leadership and Values in Society at the University of St. Gallen and the Dr. Arend Oetker Center for Business Psychology and Leadership at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. Before founding KSP (2004), Krieg was Creative Director at Publicis and Copywriter at WHS and GGK Zurich. Before that, he worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse, in the consumer goods industry at Philips, in publishing industry at the business newspaper CASH and as an independent importer of sports- and streetwear. Krieg studied economics at the University of St. Gallen.

Manuela Huck-Wettstein – senior sustainability consultant at Sustainserv, a leading international sustainability management consultancy based in Boston and Zurich – received her Master’s degree in International Affairs and Governance from the University of St. Gallen. Furthermore, she absolved an exchange at the University of Hamburg in International Business and Sustainability. Manuela Huck-Wettstein has professional experience as a project and innovation manager, including for Credit Suisse and Swiss advertising and PR agencies. Since 2018 she is a certified GRI Trainer instructing sustainability professionals about reporting according to the world’s leading sustainability reporting standards.

Robert Dornau is the director of ESG Benchmarking at RobecoSAM, Previously, he was vice president of Climate Change Services at SGS (Société Générale de Surveillance) and Managing Partner at Carbonflow™, who provide browser-based products and services to manage and monitor greenhouse gas reduction projects. At RobecoSAM, he is responsible for promoting CSA (Corporate Sustainability Assessment) participation within companies, mainly in the USA and India. Furthermore, Robert Dornau is responsible for the digital product development for ESG benchmarking (for example for RobecoSAM’s databases).

Andreas Renggli – owner of communication agency Polarstern AG – is a communication and PR expert. Besides his work at Polarstern, he is currently a PR lecturer at the vocational education and training academy of the local association of commercial employees KV Luzern. He is a member of the Swiss Association of Communication and Media Research (SACM) and of the association for quality in journalism VQJ. Andreas Renggli consults businesses in their sustainability communication, including PR, branding etc. In 2004, he won the award “Ritter der Kommunikation” in the category Youth for the online magazine Youthguide for his work to improve access to information and communication technologies.

Gabriel Hansmann – research analyst for Globalance Bank – has a passion for investments with positive impact and thinks that everyone can make a positive contribution towards a better and more resilient planet. At Globalance, he evaluates the impact of investments on the economy, society and the environment. Furthermore, Gabriel Hansmann is deeply engaged in global megatrends and finding creative ways to assess opportunities and risks. He analyses investments in all asset classes as well as interactions between financial analysis and impact.

Philipp Bachmann – senior research and teaching associate at the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research (IKMZ) of the University of Zurich. His research interest focuses on strategic communication, corporate social responsibility, news media quality, and new technologies. He completed his doctorate in 2016 at the University of Fribourg with a dissertation on the social responsibility communication of Swiss media companies. He is the journal manager of Studies in Communication Sciences (SComS), an international Platinum open access journal of communication research.

Margreet Groot – global communications lead for Cocoa Life, the cocoa sustainability program of Mondelez International. Cocoa Life places a strong focus on providing equal opportunities for the women in the 1000+ cocoa growing communities Mondelez International works with. Bsides her passion and drive for sustainability, Margeet Groot has 10+ years of experience working with various business stakeholders. She has a background in business, international relations, gender and CSR and has lived, studied and worked in the Netherlands, South Africa, Denmark, India and Switzerland.

Unconference for Sustainability Professionals

18th September 2019

Duane Raymond – campaigning strategist and innovator – is an expert on digital transformation and sustainable business. He is also the founder and managing director of FairSay Ltd. His experience ranges from business (consultancy with many companies while with Cap Gemini + financial services and sustainability in UBS) to civil society (Oxfam, AIESEC and client work via FairSay). Over the last 15 years, he has helped shape digital campaigning at civil society organizations around Europe.

Neelke Verhelst – Global Sustainability Operations Lead at Barry Callebaut – has a background in bioengineering and holds a master in business studies. She has worked for Barry Callebaut for the last 9+ years; in different departments and countries, including Belgium, the UK, Spain, Chile and now Switzerland. She is one of the leaders of Barry Callebaut’s project ‘Forever Chocolate’, in which they defined ambitious sustainability goals. The project’s goals include child labour free supply chains, lifting 500 000 cocoa farmers out of poverty, being carbon and forest positive and sourcing 100% of the ingredients sustainably.

Blockchain for sustainable supply chains

20th June 2019

Philipp Spaeti – CTO of IBM, an IBM Distinguished Engineer. He has extensive experience in the IT business and is working for some of IBM’s largest clients, on topics including Internet of things, blockchain as well as artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Micha Roon – Share and change, is a veteran software engineer who has contributed to many blockchain projects including applications in asset management, advertising, and document management.

Sabine Loetscher – WWF, Switzerland, Senior Head of Sustainable Markets & Deputy Head of Markets for WWF, and has 14 years of experience in the private sector, consultancies, and NGOs, and is interested in the potential of technology, business model innovation and corporate sustainability as drivers for a sustainable world.

Harald Rauter – Climate Kic, Senior innovation specialist.  He is leading innovations at Climate KIC. Harald has a flair for innovation and bringing people together to deliver results that will speed climate related innovation.

Future of Mobility

4th April 2019


Pascal Kienst – Collaborator at the SCCER, Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research. Pascal is a master at facilitating knowledge transfer and dissemination. He is providing specific start-up and corporate entrepreneurship support through his work at SCCER.

Stephan Parlow – University of Basel, Assistent / Doktorand (Fachbereich Nachhaltigkeitsforschung) Leading research into the positive impact of Cargo bikes to replace car journeys in cities.

Thomas Stoiber – Environmental expert mobility and transport bei Baudirektion Kanton Zürich, Responsible for issues related to transport and mobility in the environmental agency of the canton of Zurich.

Thomas Stoiber – University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Western Switzerland.  Researcher into sharing mobility as a key part of sustainable mobility, how it can fail and when it adds to public transport network.

Christina Spoerry -Leiterin Stab Verkehr und Stadtraum beim Tiefbauamt der Stadt Zürich. Discussed the present situation in Zurich, the challenges faced and the objectives that Zurich has set to reduce car traffic in Zurich by 10% in 10 years and how shared mobility can contribute to this goal.

Tabea Leibundgut – Business Development Manager at Mobility Cooperative, Developing new business models to extend the Mobility car sharing to Mobility scooters and so service the last mile of a journey.

Why Construction Materials Matter

2nd April 2019

Beat Ryhner – Head Shared Services & Headquarters at Economic Development, Canton of Zurich.

Dr. Holger Hendrichs – Head of Sales and Marketing at GreenTEG AG – Head of Sales and Marketing at GreenTEG AG. Thermal insulation measuring devices take the guess work out of thermal monitoring.

Alexander Eisenhauer – Head of Airium at LarFarge Holcim, Heads the business development and deployment of LafargeHolcim’s new sustainable insulation technology Airium™
Corporate Single Point of Contact for all new building segment offers in Middle East & Africa and in North America.

Christina Nakhle – Project manager Group for Sustainability and Technology at ETHZ, Sustainability in Business Lab ,
– Scouting for and the assessment of sustainable construction material
– Building energy perfomance regulations in Europe as part of the project for the developmentof the upcoming Swiss building energy code (MuKEn)
– Swiss climate policy and energy strategy.

Olivier Enger – Senior Innovation Manager, Technology Scouting at BASF   –

Current Technology focuses Sensors and diagnostics, Emerging materials for the life science industry, advanced optics, Carbon technologies and energy management.

Supply Chains beyond Reputational risk

12th March 2019

Dr Bastien Girod – Member of Parliament, Scientist & Lecturer at ETH Zurich, Corporate and Industry Consultant.

As member of parliament Bastien co-develops Environmental Policy. He lecturers at ETH on Technologies and Sustainability. He is president of the Swiss waste management association. At South Pole he supports selected companies on their sustainability journey.

Naomi Rosenthal – Deputy Director, Sustainable Supply Chains at South Pole. Leading a team to transform agricultural supply chains in Africa, Latin America and Asia, enabling long term sustainability.

Sarah Vowles – Senior Sustainability manager at IWC. Leading industry standard setting and compliance to avoid environmental degradation and ensure good working conditions are are upheld along the whole supply chain .

World Water Day

12th March 2019

Bella Roscher -Project Manager, Business and consumption, WWF.

Joanne Wong -Marine Ecologist, Independent environmental consultant.

Alexandra Frank -Senior Consultant at South Pole, Corporate water stewardship and supply chains.

Advocating Climate Friendly Business Events

26th February 2019

Uta Kroll – Head of the Convention Bureau, Zurich Tourism.

Frank Marreaux – Head of MCI Switzerland.

Anders Tellefsen -Director, Procurement lead Marketing, Meetings and Travel at Takeda.

Innovation against Food Waste

31st January 2019

Thomas Vellacott – CEO WWF Switzerland.

Dr. Claudio Beretta – Research associate, ETHZ.  President, Food Waste Switzerland.

Dr Fanny Brun – Behavioural economist.

Naomi MacKenzie, Co-Founder Kitro.

Lucie Rien, Country Manager, Switzerland.  TooGoodToGo.

Lukas Bühler – ETH Week and Founder Zum guten Heinrich

Monica Cipelletti – Co-Founder and CEO ZüriChips