PROF. NILS TUCHSCHMID
Nils Tuchschmid holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Geneva. It is for the benefit of rich experience in banking, where he held senior positions for “Banque Cantonale Vaudoise”, Credit Suisse in Zurich and New York and UBS. Nils Tuchschmid also taught finance at the HEC Lausanne and HEG Geneva School.
Professor at the School of Management Fribourg and the Director of the Institute of Finance. He holds a doctoral degree in Business Administration from Henley Business School, University of Reading/UK, a Master degree in International Business from the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen/Norway, and a Diploma in Business Administration from Mannheim University. In the course of 15 years he gained vast practical experience in the financial services industry where he held various leadership positions. Among others he served as a director in the Credit Suisse Private Banking Division where he managed the project portfolio of the business area Investment Services and Products. As the officer responsible for global innovation he also overlooked the innovation activities of this one-thousand employee strong organizational unit.
CARLOS DA SILVA MARQUES
Holds a PhD in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship obtained from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale California (USA), Carlos Marques Da Silva has a mission to establish and develop the Innovation Lab (space dedicated to students who want to start their business). He is also participating in the creation and development of the International Skill Center, Business Model Innovation (Blue Factory). He is active in many organizations: he directs The Founder in Lisbon and works as a consultant for ExpandGlobe.
LOUIS JACQUES FILION
Louis Jacques Filion is the Rogers-J.A. Professor of Entrepreneurship at HEC MONTREAL, the Montreal Business School. His specialty is entrepreneurship. His academic background includes a BA (Classics) from St-Laurent College (University of Montreal) (1966), a BA (Honours) in Political Science from the University of Ottawa (1968), an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Ottawa (1974), an MBA from H.E.C. Montreal (1976) and a PhD in Entrepreneurship and Systems from the University of Lancaster, Great Britain (1988). Dr. Filion’s broad professional experience in entrepreneurship and management includes the fields of human resources, operations management and marketing. He has created and managed small businesses. In 2004, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE - CCPME) for his contribution to the field of entrepreneurship. In 2008 he received the prestigious Entrepreneurship Promotion Emeritus Award in recognition of his career-long commitment to promoting of an entrepreneurial culture among young people.
Professor, author, and speaker in the field of crowdsourcing/crowdfunding, innovation management and strategy. In 2011, he was keynote speaker in innovation at the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Deans and Directors Meeting —gathering more than 300 leaders of business schools worldwide—, where he addressed the importance of crowdsourcing for the future of organizations. He has chaired several symposia on crowdsourcing at the Academy of Management (since 2007), and conducts research with industry players. He has been on the faculty at Católica-Lisbon School of Business and Economics, and has acted as visiting faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Organizational Dynamics, visiting scholar at MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, and International Faculty Fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management.
Professor of Managment and Management and Entrepreneurship at the School of Management Fribourg, Rico J. Baldegger directs the School of Management Fribourg. He graduated from the University of St Gallen and obtained his doctorate from the University of Fribourg. He is the author of numerous publications on entrepreneurship, internationalization of SMEs and the reorganization of family businesses. Moreover, he is a serial entrepreneur, as is demonstrated by the many companies he has created.
World-class expert in innovation, strategy and business transformation, with over 17 years of experience at leading academic institutions and multinational corporations. Driven executive-level agenda and change at Fortune 50 corporations. Significant experience in leading senior-level teams across multiple functions, geographies, and cultures. Recognized thought leader and frequent speaker at global forums. Global experience spanning developed and emerging markets. Highly rated in teaching and facilitation by a wide range of audiences. Author of the bestseller: The Dark Side of Innovation.
Elmar Mock is an engineer in microtechnology at the Higher Technical School of Bienne. He was, with Jacques Müller, co-inventor of the Swatch watch, under the direction of Ernst Thomke in the late 1970s, before founding his own engineering and technical consultation company in Bienne called “Creaholic” in 1986. For over 20 years, a team of innovators, thinkers, designers, prototype makers and technologists has generated ideas and worked hard to turn them into successful commercial realities. Creaholic has completed over 600 projects for dozens of companies, created several spin-offs and generated over 150 patents in various fields.
Christophe Schmitt holds the chair of Entrepreneurship at the University of Lorraine. He works in the field of student entrepreneurial culture development. He developed tools and methods such as IDéO in order to evaluate the potential of business opportunities. He has also written several articles and published books about entrepreneurship. His latest book deals with the notion of value of products and services in SMEs.
JEAN MARIE AYER
Jean-Marie is a highly qualified executive with academic background and extensive international experience, having more than 16 years of executive management, business development, sales & marketing, financial and controlling experience within corporate and start-up environment. His experience spans both at the operational and board level.
Since co-founding Dartfish in early 1999, he led the company as Chairman & CEO until he moved his position to Managing Director for Sales and Marketing in 2003, and focused on promoting sales and marketing and business development until January 2007. Since early this year Jean-Marie executes his new role of developing a new strategic path for the company.
One of the Bcomp’s managing directors, cYrille Boinay, degree in Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences in Fribourg, is the head of Business Development & Administration. He is a career entrepreneur/intrapreneur who has founded and managed several start-ups (db skis, Graphics Network, Pearlwater). In addition, he has significant experience within the consumer goods branch with the Hess group, Underberg and fenaco. Since the age of three, cYrille Boinay has been spending a significant time on snow with one or two boards. He crossed Africa from his hometown Bern to Cape Town, and South America from Ushuaia to Columbia by 4x4. His product statement: “The bCores D200 finally stop this trend that bigger skis need to be heavier: this product simply changes the game.”
Markus Schneider has more than 18 years’ experience in entrepreneurship, business development, venture finance and sales & marketing. He is the founder and CEO of several startup companies, including most recently Snaphaven, Inc, a cloud computing application, Performancebase.com; Tribeca Labs, a digital imaging company and XPEX, Inc., a multilingual business intelligence software company. His success stories include the U.S. launch of the revolutionary DigiCard (voted as one of the “10 Coolest New Products” by Wired magazine in 1998), for which he created a multimillion-dollar market in just 18 months. He consults and advises a number of emerging companies, representing either the investors or the founding team. Before embarking on his entrepreneurial career, he was one of WIT Capital Group Inc.`s first employees. Markus has a degree in Business Administration from the School of Business Administration, Fribourg.