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Yann LeCun is VP and Chief AI Scientist at Facebook and Silver Professor at NYU affiliated with the Courant Institute and the Center for Data Science. He was the founding Director of Facebook AI Research and of the NYU Center for Data Science. He received a PhD in Computer Science from Université P&M Curie (Paris). After a postdoc at the University of Toronto, he joined AT&T Bell Labs, and became head of Image Processing Research at AT&T Labs in 1996. He joined NYU in 2003 and Facebook in 2013. His current interests include AI, machine learning, computer vision, mobile robotics, and computational neuroscience. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.



Taavi Kotka is an IT visionary and previously the Chief information officer of the Estonian Government known for leading e-residency program. Between years 2005-2012, Kotka was the CEO of Nortal (then named Webmedia), one of the largest software development companies in the Baltic states. Taavi Kotka (alongside Ruth Annus, and Siim Sikkut) proposed '10 million e-residents by 2025' on idea contest by Estonian Development Foundation in 2014.
In April 2015, the Vice President of European Commission, Andrus Ansip, assigned Taavi Kotka to be his Special Adviser on Digital Single Market issues and e-Governance.



Olivier Bousquet is a Principal Engineer at Google AI Europe leading the Machine Learning research efforts. He is also driving the expansion of Google AI in Europe. Before joining the Research team he led the Search team that develops the natural language understanding technology behind Google's Knowledge Graph. Prior to Google, Olivier was Director of Research at Pertinence (now part of Dassault Systèmes), working on data analysis algorithms that make manufacturing processes more efficient. He also was a researcher at the Max Planck Institute in Tuebingen and holds a PhD in Machine Learning from Ecole Polytechnique (France).



Ed Bugnion graduated with a bachelor's degree in engineering from ETH Zurich and a master's degree from Stanford University. He was one of the five founders of VMware in 1998. While he was chief architect, VMware developed the secure desktop initiative also known as NetTop for the US NSA. After VMware, Bugnion was a founder of Nuova Systems which was funded by Cisco Systems, and acquired by them in April 2008.Ed Bugnion joined Cisco as vice president and chief technology officer of Cisco's Server Access and Virtualization Business Unit. He promoted Cisco's Data Center 3.0 vision, and appeared in advertisements. He resigned from Cisco in 2011 and resumed his PhD program of study at Stanford University, which he graduated from in 2012. He then became faculty member of the School of Computer Science at EPFL, Switzerland.
Bugnion is also an angel investor in startup companies such as Cumulus Networks.
He was elected as an ACM Fellow in 2017



Prof. Dr. Diego Kuonen, CStat PStat CSci, founded Statoo Consulting in 2001 and regularly consults on applying statistical thinking to big data analytics for businesses and government bodies in Switzerland and across Europe.
In addition, he is currently Professor of Data Science at the Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM) at the University of Geneva, and Founding Director of GSEM's new Master of Science in Business Analytics program.
In 2001 he received his PhD degree in Statistics (Doctor in Science EPF) from the EPFL, Switzerland. Initially, he graduated with a Master's degree in Applied Statistics (MSc in Mathematics) from the EPFL in 1998.
Currently, he is also the Principal Scientific and Strategic Big Data Analytics Advisor and Consultant for the Directorate and the Board of Management of the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (FSO) in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
Professor Dr. Diego Kuonen, CStat PStat CSci, is ranked within several global Big Data and Data Science, Top 100 Influencers lists, and he is very active on Twitter..



Mr. Alexandre Zeller  is on the Board of Directors at Credit Suisse Group AG, Kudelski SA, Banque Lombard Odier & Cie SA, Maus Frères SA, Study Center Gerzensee Foundation, Swiss Finance Institute and Verein Schweizer Berghilfe. Mr. Zeller was previously employed as a Chairman by SIX Group Ltd., a Chief Executive Officer by HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA, a Chairman by Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, and a Management Auditor by Nestlé SA.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Lausanne.



Dr. Costas Bekas is managing the Foundations of Cognitive Computing group at IBM Research-Zurich. He received B. Eng., Msc and PhD diplomas, all from the Computer Engineering & Informatics Department, University of Patras, Greece, in 1998, 2001 and 2003 respectively, working under the supervsion of E. Gallopoulos. Between 2003-2005, he worked as a postdoctoral associate with Prof. Yousef Saad at the Computer Science & Engineering Department, University of Minnesota, USA. He has been with IBM since September 2005. Costas's main research interests span Scalable systems for AI and Knowledge Ingestion, HPC and new computing paradigms. Costas is a recipient of the PRACE 2012 award and the ACM Gordon Bell 2013 and 2015 prizes.



Joachim Son-Forget is a radiologist, specialist in cognitive psychology, especially the topic of self-awareness, doctor of medicine at the University of Lausanne and sciences of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and holds a master’s degree in cognitive science from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris. He is currently a lawmaker, member of the French National Assembly since June 2017, elected by the French expats from Switzerland and Liechtenstein. He is specialized in the fields of parliamentary diplomacy (North Korea, Kosovo, Levant, Middle East, Nigeria) and works for the preservation of marine biodiversity.



Silvia Quarteroni is an Expert of AI at ELCA. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of York and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from EPFL. Silvia is a specialist in Natural Language Processing and is in charge of ELCA’s R&D activities in AI. Previously, she was a senior research fellow working on projects funded by European Commission grants. Her academic background resulted in over 50 peer-reviewed publications.



As the first woman professor at HEC Lausanne in 1987, Solange Ghernaouti has been a member of the Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences (SATW) since 2013, she is the head of the Swiss Cybersecurity Advisory and Research Group (SCARG) she has created, and the group of research in the sciences of complexity. She has developed an interdisciplinary approach to digital security that serves individuals, organizations and states at strategic and operational levels.

She is the author of several books and scientific and popular publications on telecommunications, computer risk management, cybercrime and cyberpowers. Since 2018, she has been blogging on the newspaper's website for the time she has published various articles on cybersecurity and new technologies in general.

Solange Ghernaouti has chaired various associations such as the Erna Hamburger Foundation from 2012 to 2017 (aimed at providing material assistance, direct or indirect, to women academics or graduates of another higher education of similar level, studying postsgrades in the canton of Vaud) as well as the Social Commission of the University of Lausanne5 from 2006 to 2016.

Josh Lyons conducts satellite imagery analysis to support human rights investigations in a wide range of countries, including in recent years Burma, Syria, Iraq, DRC, Sudan and Somalia. Before joining HRW in 2012, Mr. Lyons was the principal analyst of the UN’s operational satellite applications program (UNITAR/UNOSAT) responsible for the overall research, development and production of satellite-based reports in support of humanitarian operations during natural disasters and armed conflicts. Mr. Lyons has directly contributed to a number of international investigations, including the Goldstone Report in 2009, the Secretary-General's Panel of Experts report on Sri Lanka in 2011, and the UN’s Commission of Inquiry report on Syria. Before joining the UN, he worked for a number of international organizations and NGOs in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Liberia and Indonesia. Mr. Lyons has master’s degrees in International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE), and Geographic Information Science from University College London (UCL).


Antoine Laurent is originally a mechanic and bridge officer in the merchant marine, with 4 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry, mainly onboard seismic survey vessels. In spring 2016, he joined the charity rescue ship Aquarius as a rescuer and team leader. He joined the head-office of the NGO SOS MEDITERRANEE end of 2016 as the Maritime Operations Manager. Since early 2016, the Aquarius rescued nearly 30 000 people in the central Mediterranean Sea. “This mission is linked to the migration phenomenon, which must be considered politically in a large scale, but first of all, it is a matter of duties and values of humanity to avoid people drowning at sea. The Aquarius mission is following an apolitical and unassailable principle of maritime solidarity”. In August 2018, Antoine Laurent went to the Paris School of International Affairs (Sciences Po) in the Master of International Energy.


Mónica Bello is a Spanish curator and art historian. Over the last 15 years she has focused on the multidisciplinary perspectives and the narratives of today’s techno-scientific culture. In her curatorial research and projects she discusses the way artists instigate new conversations around emergent phenomena in our society and culture, such as the role of science and new knowledge in the perception of reality. She is currently the Curator and Head of Arts at CERN at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva where she is in charge of the research-led artistic residencies and the new art commissions that reflect on the conversations and interactions between artists and particle physicists. She was recently invited as the Guest Curator of Audemars Piguet Art Commission for Art Basel 2018. Prior to her arrival to Geneva she held the position of Artistic Director of VIDA Art and Artificial Life awards (2010-2015) at Fundación Telefónica, Madrid (Spain), a pioneering award that fostered cross cultural expressions around the notion of life. She initiated and ran (2007-2010) the Department of Education at Laboral Centro de Arte, Gijón (Spain) and initiated and founded the curatorial platform Capsula. She has curated exhibitions and events internationally with contemporary artists, creators and thinkers across disciplines. As an internationally recognised figure within art and science networks, Bello is a regular speaker at conferences and participates in selection committees, advisory boards and mentorship programs.

Ex-Strategist in Digital Corporate communication, Public Affairs and Digital transformation, Inès Leonarduzzi is the founder and CEO of Digital For The Planet and Plana Product Owner, first sustainable AI for planet stakes. Since 2017, she has been nominated as Research Director on Global Sustainability and Transition of Feminism at Institut des Transitions in Paris. She’s a member of Synthec Numérique, a trade union of digital service companies. She is also the founder of Women Inspiring Talks, a professional women community-based in Paris, Barcelona and New York dedicated to women voices and decision-ability in the society.

Samira Marquis founded makers id in 2017 with a clear objective: to support companies to implement a leadership culture based on collective intelligence and intrapreuneurship. Her area of ​​expertise is Organizational change and competencies-based transformation. She is a member of the Academic Council for the “Digital Transformation Leadership” Program at the Geneva School of Business and Management – Geneva University.

Samira has a 25 years multifunctional background as Organization and Human Resources Director within Multinational and Industrial Companies. She is the former Switzerland HRD of Richemont.

She also acted as Scientific Collaborator at EPFL where she participated to an extensive research on the “Impacts of New Technologies (NTIC) on Work Organization”.

She has sat on several boards of directors, including the Professional Association of Watchmaking and Microtechnology APHM, which is the largest association of watchmaking in Switzerland.

Samira has a Master's degree from the University of Lausanne in Social and Political Sciences with a specialization in Education. She is graduated from Emlyon in” Digital Transformation of Organizations” and digitization of the HR function, and by IMD in “Organizational Learning in Action”.

Mr. Dreyer is 37 years old and holds a PhD in Science from EPFL. He holds an Executive MBA from HEC Geneva, and also masters in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Environment.

With a solid experience in the industry of more than 10 years in microtechnology, having held positions of head of project products / processes to that of director of a department research, development and innovation,

Frederic has filed more than twenty patents on topics as touching applications technological processes, physico-chemical effects as mechanical designs.

Director of the OPI since last April, its technical and industrial sensitivity allows the OPI to support and support our companies on 4.0 topics in a constantly evolving ecosystem.

Gene Kogan is an artist and a programmer who is interested in generative systems, computer science, and software for creativity and self-expression. He is a collaborator within numerous open-source software projects, and gives workshops and lectures on topics at the intersection of code and art. Gene initiated ml4a, a free book about machine learning for artists, activists, and citizen scientists, and regularly publishes video lectures, writings, and tutorials to facilitate a greater public understanding of the subject.

Dan is Lecturer in Creative & Social Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London. After his Ph.D in Experimental Particle Physics he worked in learning disabilities and mental health, then founded Multikulti, a community-led website for asylum seekers & refugees. He created Amnesty International's Digital Directorate and led their first delegation to the UN's Internet Governance Forum. In 2014 he co-founded Science for Change Kosovo, a youth-led air quality citizen science project. Dan is the author of the 'Manifesto on Algorithmic Humanitarianism' and his recent academic papers include 'Algorithmic States of Exception', 'Algorithmic Paranoia & the Convivial Alternative', 'Data Science as Machinic Neoplatonism' and 'People’s Councils for Ethical Machine Learning

Jeffrey Rogers is a facilitator, speaker, and program designer who creates interactive educational experiences driven by storytelling, engagement, and play. He’s an academically trained social scientist with a knack for future-thinking and a deep belief in the transformative potential of emerging technologies as tools to de-risk experimentation, accelerate learning, and create change.
Jeffrey speaks frequently across the US and abroad on future-thinking and leads workshops on creative problem solving and storytelling. He has connected dots, ideas, and people as a guest lecturer and facilitator at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the d.school) at Stanford and is a frequent moderator of the Singularity University Executive Program and SU International Summits.

Florian Ducommun founded HDC with the aim of addressing the numerous legal issues companies are confronted with in the digital era. His activity is mainly focused on all legal questions that are raised by innovation.

He accompanies his clients in order to protect and increase the value of the assets that are at the basis of their activity. To reach this goal, he advises them in connection to issues ranging from intellectual property to technology or business law (contracts / corporate).

Florian Ducommun obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. During his studies, he analyzed the open source licenses and more specifically the GNU GPL license, from a copyright law standpoint. From this experience is born his interest for technology and IT law. Florian Ducommun then pursued postgraduate studies in Comparative Law at McGill University in Montréal, where he focused on intellectual property law in its international dimension.

After an internship at the Swiss Foreign Affairs Department, Florian Ducommun spent two years as an intern in a law firm in Lausanne. He passed the bar exam in 2009. He then worked as an associate for several years, first in a medium size commercial law firm, then in a boutique law firm specialized in technology and corporate law.

MARK CHANGIZI is a theorist aiming to grasp the ultimate foundations underlying why we think, feel and see as we do. His research focuses on "why" questions, and he has made important discoveries such as on why we see in color, why we see illusions, why we have forward-facing eyes, why the brain is structured as it is, why animals have as many limbs and fingers as they do, why the dictionary is organized as it is, why fingers get pruney when wet, and how we acquired writing, language and music. 

He attended the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, and then went on to the University of Virginia for a degree in physics and mathematics, and to the University of Maryland for a PhD in math. In 2002 he won a prestigious Sloan-Swartz Fellowship in Theoretical Neurobiology at Caltech, and in 2007 he became an assistant professor in the Department of Cognitive Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 2010 he took the post of Director of Human Cognition at a new research institute called 2ai Labs, and also co-founded VINO Optics which builds proprietary vein-enhancing glasses for medical personnel.

He has more than three dozen scientific journal articles, covered in thousands of newspaper and magazine articles. He regularly keynotes at both scientific events and at art galleries and museums, and has appeared on many television shows, including regular appearances on Discovery Channel's Head Games and National Geographic's Brain Games. TED has featured him in three areas of his research, namely illusions, color vision, and pruney fingers.

He has written three books on his research, THE BRAIN FROM 25,000 FEET (Kluwer 2003), THE VISION REVOLUTION (Benbella 2009) and HARNESSED: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man (Benbella 2011). He is working on his fourth non-fiction book, this one on emotions and facial expressions, called SURVIVAL OF THE COOLEST: How Poker is the Secret to Life, Emotions, Cool and Everything. He has also written a novel, called HUMAN 3.0, about what's next, after humans.

Vice President Corporate Communications & Crisis Management at Philip Morris International
Raquel Blanc has been working in the FMCG industry for more than 20 years. She has gained experience across a variety of business functions such as Sales & Marketing, Corporate Affairs, Human Resources and General Management. Since 2018, she is VP of Corporate Communications and Crisis Management at Philip Morris International.
Raquel has Swiss and Spanish citizenship and speaks Spanish, German, English and French. She is married, mother of two boys and has a Master Degree in Business Administration.
Philip Morris international is the leading international tobacco company engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes and other nicotine-containing products in markets outside the United States of America. We are building our future on smoke-free products that are a much better consumer choice than continuing to smoke cigarettes. Our vision is that our smoke free products ultimately replace cigarettes to the benefit of adult smokers, society, our company and our shareholders.

Silvia Hernandez is a Partner in People Advisory Services at EY based in Stuttgart. She is the thought leader for EY Future of Work methodology in Europe. She works with global organizations in designing transformational programs – aimed at creating an agile, flexible and resilient workforce that is capable of thriving in the digital economy. She is also responsible for the Automotive and Transportation Sector in GSA.
Silvia was born and raised in Spain, and has spent the last 25 years studying and working overseas. She is an experienced management consultant with industry and professional services roles across Europe and the US including leadership roles in strategy development, business development and project execution.
After graduating from the University of Leon and Manchester Metropolitan University, she obtained an MBA from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University and has recently completed Advanced Strategy Executive Education at INSEAD Business School.


Ferruccio Lagutaine is an Italian national who spent his early years in Italy, Iran, Egypt and Australia. In 1996, after obtaining a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Universita' degli Studi di Genova (Italy), he joined Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in France. During eight years he implemented large IT systems, starting as a developer and later working as business analyst, technical architect, and ultimately as a program manager. In 2004 he moved to Zurich to join McKinsey & Company, where he led the Swiss Business Technology office (now Digital McKinsey) from 2010 until joining ELCA in 2015. Ferruccio has served clients in multiple sectors and across the globe, covering most geographies from Spain to Japan, focusing on helping them optimise their IT investments to meet their business needs.

Jihoon Rim is executive advisor and former CEO of Kakao, a top technology company valued around 8 billion US dollar in South Korea that services Kakao Talk (the No.1 messenger), search portal Daum, ride hailing service Kakao Taxi, music streaming service Melon and PC/Mobile gaming etc. Kakao also excels in Fintech with its Kakao pay service and Kakao Bank.
During his term, Kakao successfully expanded its business into many industries and became the best mobile platform in South Korea. Also, Kakao’s revenue and operating income doubled while Jihoon was CEO for two and a half years. In recognition of his stellar performance, Jihoon was ranked No.1 in “Korea’s Best CEO” survey, and also was selected as "Korea’s Top 10 Hero.

Founder, Managing Partner and Member of the Board, In charge of client relationship and company management

Federal certificate of professional maturity
Began his career in finance in 1998 and has acquired experience along his professional route in various departments (Wealth Management, Asset Management, Credit) of a major institutional bank in Switzerland for more than 12 years

Serge graduated from Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace and received a PhD in theoretical Physics from Université de Provence. Working at Swissquote since 2001, he is Head of the Quantitative Asset Management department, Director, Member of senior management of Swissquote Bank.

Thierry Weber is Partner of Vivactis Group, a European medical communications agency. Thierry holds a degree and a doctorate in medicine from Lausanne University. For several years, he worked as a physician in various hospitals (Switzerland and South Africa). He then had the opportunity to join the pharmaceutical industry, before moving on to the medtech sector, where he started his professional experience in digital health, as e-Marketing Director Europe. Further to his industry experience, Thierry joined the agency world, by becoming partner of Vivactis Group. He presently lives in Switzerland, in the “Bioalps” area and acts as marketing advisor for small lifesciences companies, with a special focus on eHealth, mHealth and telemedicine projects. Thierry is passionate about healthcare communications and new media.

Director of the ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne (University of Art and Design Lausanne)
Alexis Georgacopoulos is Director of ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne (University of Art and Design Lausanne). Founded in 1821, ECAL regularly features among the world’s top 10 universities of art and design.
Mr. Georgacopoulos received his Bachelor’s degree in Product Design from ECAL in 1999. In 2000, he became the youngest Department Head in Switzerland when he took on the leadership of ECAL’s Industrial Design department. For Mr. Georgacopoulos, knowledge in art and design is achieved through close links between education and real-world practice.
He officially took on the Directorship of ECAL in July 2011. Since then he initiated in the award winning "Delirious Home" project presented during the Milan Furniture Fair in April 2014 as well as the “ECAL Photography” and “ECAL Graphic Design” milestone books and subsequent exhibitions that toured internationally. In November 2016, ECAL was ranked 5th in the world for best architecture and design schools by the influential website Dezeen.
He participates in international jurys such as “Design of the Year” at the London Design Museum, is a regular jury member of the "Designer of the Future" award for Design Miami/ and a nominator for the Design Prize Switzerland. Amongst others, he is member of the cultural council of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie. Wallpaper* magazine named him among the "100 design world’s most powerful players".


Howard Yu is the LEGO professor of management and innovation in the prestigious IMD business school in Switzerland as well as the director of its signature program, the three-week Advanced Management Program (AMP), an executive education course. In 2015, Yu was selected by Poets&Quants as one of “The World’s Top 40 Business Professors Under 40,” and in 2018 he appeared on the Thinkers50 Radar list of thirty management thinkers “most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led.” He has delivered customized training programs for leading organizations including Mars, Maersk, Daimler, and Electrolux. His articles have appeared in Forbes, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times, and The New York Times. Yu received his doctoral degree from Harvard Business School. Prior to his beginning his doctorate, he worked in the banking industry in Hong Kong.


Dr Yves Burki is leading the Artificial intelligence and the Finance Business Line of ELCA.

He speaks French, German, Italian and English

Patrick Barbey leads Innovaud, the Agency supporting innovation projects in startups and SMEs in Canton de Vaud, Western Switzerland. He holds a Master in Electrical Engineering from EPFL and an MBA from the University of Lausanne/EPFL. Patrick has co-founded or been involved in several startups in the domain of mobile services, simulation...