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August 27, 2020

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Meet the Jury

Andy Fitze

Andy Fitze is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of SwissCognitive - The Global AI Hub, founded in 2016.


He is also President of the Swiss IT Leadership Forum, as well as the Service Management Partners. Besides, Andy is member of the Board of Directors of ICTSwitzerland and SwissICT, and serves as Member of Strategic Advisory Board & Speaker at the Berne University of Applied Sciences.


Previously Andy worked as Group CIO of RUAG, where he was member of the extended Group Executive Board and managed information technology both strategically

and operationally. Prior to joining RUAG, he was responsible for IT governance at PostFinance. His latest start-up he founded with Dalith Steiger together September 2019. CognitiveValley – “One AI voice for Switzerland” is a non-profit Swiss rooted foundation, which aims to position Switzerland as a global leader for cognitive technologies and to ensure a reliable, healthy and sustainable ecosystem for the coming generations.

He led numerous international projects during his operational activities in large companies and held various management positions in IT and technical process automation. In varied positions he was also responsible for strategy, architecture, risk, compliance and process management and IT security. With his passion for smart technologies, he advises managers at board- and senior levels in the field of digital transformation, and gives lectures and speeches worldwide, such as in in Tel Aviv, Zürich, Davos, Brussels or even in Boston.

Andy holds a degree in electrical engineering (HTL), an Executive MBA from the University of St. Gallen and also received the Swiss CIO Award for Best IT Manager in

Switzerland in 2017. He is also a skipper on the oceans - sailing is his great passion and provides him with a good balance for head and soul.

Andy Fitze
Andy is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of SwissCognitive - The Global AI Hub.

Asmaa Al-Fadala

Dr. Asmaa Al-Fadala is the Director of Research and Content Development at WISE, an initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF). She is also a visiting fellow in theDepartment of School Education and Policy at Northwestern University inEvanston, Illinois, USA, and serves on the program committee of Hamad BinKhalifa University’s School of Public Policy.

 Dr. Al-Fadala has twenty years of professional experience in K-12education and higher education. In her current work at WISE, Dr. Al-Fadala is leading the research team in support of the QF CEO’s Office in a number of projects and initiatives, including the Empowering Leaders of LearningProgram (ELL), which supports school leaders in navigating school improvement processes; the Agile Leaders of Learning Innovation Network(ALL-IN), an international network of school leadership experts and practitioners aimed at raising awareness of educational leadership policy globally through research and advocacy; and the WISE-Academyati Innovation Lab Project, an early childhood education research initiative ofQatar Foundation focused on learner and educator development in progressive school settings.  Dr. Al-Fadala’s research interests include leadership for learning, school improvement, entrepreneurship education, teacher professional development and educational reform.  


Prior to joining WISE in 2014, Dr. Al-Fadala was an associate policy analyst at the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute. She has also taught in the College ofEducation at Qatar University, and worked at Qatar’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education as a teacher and then as the head of the science department. She is also a fellow at Qatar Leadership Centre (QLC), an initiative of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar. She is widely published in the field of educational leadership and policy, and author of the book Qatari School Leadership Portraits: Lessons Learned from Education for a New Era Reform (HBKU Press,2019). 
 
Dr. Al-Fadala is a member of the Comparative International EducationSociety (CIES), and the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI). She also serves as an advisor for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation's education strategy and is a board member at Qatar Academy Sidra school in Doha. She is a jury member for Riyada award, the Entrepreneurship Award in Oman. Dr. Al-Fadala holds a Ph.D.and M.Phil. from Cambridge University, UK, in Educational Leadership and Policy, and an M.A. in science education from Brighton University.

Asmaa Al-Fadala
Asmaa is Director of Research and Content Development at WISE, an initiative of Qatar Foundation.

Clare Shine

Clare Shine was appointed vice president and chief program officer of Salzburg Global Seminar in 2012.

She is responsible for multi-year program strategy, design, partnerships and implementation inSalzburg and around the world; next-generation leadership development; communications and marketing; and the Salzburg Global Fellowship which straddles nearly 170 countries.

Prior to joining Salzburg Global, Clare worked from 1990-2011 as an independent environmental lawyer and policy expert for intergovernmental organizations, national governments, the private sector and NGOs. Her work and publications focused on biodiversity and sustainable development, climate change, international trade, global and cross-border governance and cooperation, coastal and oceans policy, and conflict transformation. She has played an influential role in global biosecurity and biodiversity policy development, working as legal adviser to the World Bank, European Union, Council of Europe and African governments, and led environmental capacity-building projects across four continents. Clare is a UK-qualified barrister, an associate of the Institute for European Environmental Policy, a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, and a bilingual French speaker and professional facilitator. She began her career in industry, working in the media and publishing sector with responsibility for marketing and new ventures. 

Clare is also a professional journalist who was the Financial Times' theater critic in France from 2001-2011. She holds an M.A. in English literature from Oxford University,UK and post-graduate degrees from London University and the Sorbonne University, Paris, France.

Clare Shine
Clare is Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Salzburg Global Seminar

Dalith Steiger


Dalith Steiger is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of SwissCognitive, CEO of the Swiss IT Leadership Forum, Co-Owner and Member of the Executive Board of CORE AG Design Works, and Member of the Advisory Council of digital-liberal.ch.

She earned her degree in mathematics and information technology from the University of Zurich, and she speaks fluent German, English and Hebrew, as well as some French and Italian.

Prior to her entrepreneurial journey that she started over 10 years ago, she project-managed IT operations, and in the field of banking software she advised & supported the management at senior and board levels. Dalith is often interviewed and seen on stage sharing her broad knowledge and experience in the field of Artificial Intelligence and cognitive technologies.

Dalith Steiger
Dalith is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of SwissCognitive - The Global AI Hub

Daniel Assandri

Daniel Assandri is currently in the board of Linxon, a company of ABB and SNC Lavalin, headquartered in London, Great Britain, and Group Senior Vice President, responsible for Large Projects Business Development for the Power Grids Division, reporting to the Division President and Member of the Executive Committee of the ABB Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland.


From 2010 until 2015 Daniel was Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of ABB Inc. in Canada, and a member of the Executive Board of ABB in the Americas region.
Prior to arriving in Canada, he served in China for seven years as Senior Vice President responsible for the Power Systems Division in North Asia, overseeing the significant expansion of the business portfolio in the region, with numerous High and Ultra High Voltage Direct Current (UHVDC) projects in execution.


Between 1985 and 2003, Daniel held different senior management positions in Switzerland and Asia, primarily in the power generation and transmission businesses. Among other responsibilities he was Managing Director of the ABB Southeast Asia Power Generation Company, based in Kuala Lumpur, and Head of Global Business Unit
Transmission Substations, based in Zurich.

Before joining ABB in 1985, Daniel worked for KWU AG (Power Generation Division of Siemens AG) in Germany and in Siemens SA, Argentina as project manager for Nuclear Power Plants.

Daniel Assandri
Daniel is Group Senior Vice President, Power Grids Division at ABB

David Morris

Dave joined Novartis in Basel in 2009 to develop new medicines for patients with serious medical conditions. From 2010-1014, he was the Development Franchise head for Respiratory and Primary Care where he and his team were responsible for the clinical development, regulatory approvals and lifecycle management of multiple Novartis medications including new treatments for serious respiratory diseases (COPD, asthma, pulmonary hypertension), diabetes, and hypertension. In June, 2014, he was appointed the Global Head of Clinical Operations, Analytics and Regions with overall responsibility for global clinical operations, quantitative sciences, digital innovation, development informatics, and global clinical research capabilities development for Novartis Global Drug Development.

In September, 2016, he moved over to the Novartis Venture Fund to leverage his basic and clinical scientific background and operational experience to speed
the discovery and development of new medicines by working closely with external entrepreneurs and venture backed start-ups. As of January, 2020 he was appointed Chief Medical Officer of Enterprise Therapeutics, which is a UK-based company and part of the NVF portfolio, developing novel muco-regulatory approaches for chronic
respiratory diseases, with a particular focus on cystic fibrosis. He is continuing to work with NVF.

Dave received his Bachelor of Sciences with honors in Neurosciences and his MD with honors in research from the University of Rochester in the US. His clinical training in internal medicine was at the Massachusetts General Hospital followed by a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He was subsequently a faculty member at UCSF and, thereafter, Yale University where he led the interstitial lung disease clinical and research units. His research work in respiratory cell and molecular biology, immunology and translational sciences was at the National Institutes of Health, the UCSF Cardiovascular Research Institute, the Lung National Institutes of Health, the UCSF Cardiovascular Research Institute, the Lung Biology Center and Yale University School of Medicine.

Prior to joining Novartis, Dave led the respiratory research and then translational medicine groups at Roche in Palo Alto, California. His basic and clinical research work has been published in Nature, PNAS, Journal of Immunology, and AJRCCM among others. He has contributed to several major textbooks of respiratory medicine in the areas of interstitial lung diseases and the genetics of lung diseases.

David Morris
Dave is Operating Partner, Novartis Venture Fund

Dominic Regester

Dominic Regester joined Salzburg Global Seminar as a program director in March 2017. He is responsible for designing, developing and implementing programs on education, sustainability and innovation.

Prior to this, he worked for the British Council for 14 years, initially on programs promoting education co-operation between the UK and China, Russia and Japan and
then on school partnership programs. He lived in Bangladesh from 2008 to 2013 leading the British Council's school sector programs in Afghanistan,
Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He was then posted to Jakarta where he was deputy director for education across the East Asia region.

He returned to London in 2015 to become a senior schools advisor responsible for global program development, partnerships and research, all with a
particular focus on 21st century skills.

He has an M.A. in Chinese studies from the School of Oriental and African studies in London and an M.A. in education and international development from University College London Institute of Education. He is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Commission on Education and Communication and a member of the Executive Committee for Karanga - The Global Alliance for Social Emotional Learning and Life Skills.

Dominic Regester
Dominic is program director at Salzburg Global Seminar

Faye Hobson

Faye Hobson is a program manager at Salzburg Global Seminar where she supports the planning and implementation of programs and initiatives
including the Culture, Arts, and Society series; the Education for Tomorrow's World series; the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural
Innovators; and Karanga: The Global Alliance for Social and Emotional Learning and Life Skills.

Prior to joining Salzburg Global in 2017, Faye worked in cultural management and community development in Northern Ireland. In 2019, Faye participated in The Thorvald Stoltenberg Seminar, exploring how to foster coexistence, trust and dialogue among young people living in diverse societies. In 2016, she represented Ireland at the
European Union Cultural Diplomacy Platform's Global Cultural Leadership Program and the 7th World Summit in Arts and Culture in Malta. She undertook a research fellowship at the Venice Architecture Biennale for the British Council in 2014. She regularly writes and speaks on cultural management training.

Faye holds a bachelor's in photography from Falmouth University, UK, and a diploma in management practice from University of Ulster, UK.

Faye Hobson
Faye is program manager at Salzburg Global Seminar

Garif Yalak

Garif Yalak currently drives digital transformation projects for Cisco as the Head of Digital Transformation Healthcare and Education as part of Cisco`s Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) Strategy for Switzerland.

Garif obtained a B.Sc. in Bioinformatics and a M.Sc. in Biomedicine in Germany. He performed his Ph.D. at ETH Zurich in Switzerland in both fields where he used the Swiss National Supercomputer (currently ranked 6th fastest in the world) for multiple years in his research and teaching activities. He then moved to the US to continue his research and teaching in bioinformatics and biomedicine at Harvard University for several years. His work was awarded several times by the Swiss National Science Foundation and Harvard University.

Garif later returned to ETH Zurich as a Junior Group Leader and a Senior Researcher. He has 10+ years of active work experience in higher education and healthcare. He holds multiple executive education certifications in the domains leadership and business. He is passionate about new technologies in higher education and healthcare and was involved in multiple voluntary activities in research outreach, teaching, mentoring, and business.

Garif lives with his wife and three children in Zurich, Switzerland.

Garif Yalak
Garif is Cisco's Head of Digital Transformation, Education and Healthcare, Country Digital Acceleration, Switzerland

Jeremy Sohn

Jeremy joined Novartis in 2015 as VP, Head of Digital Business Development & Licensing reporting to the Chief Digital Officer and supporting Novartis’ digital innovation
programs cross-divisionally and globally. While serving in this role, Jeremy was also appointed ad-interim Global Head of Commercial Digital Medicines (2017), overseeing the digital medicine leads within the global franchises and regions, and, Global Head of Digital Development (2016), leading Novartis’ clinical trial innovation efforts within Global Drug Development.
 
Jeremy is a serial software entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience founding and managing healthcare and technology companies. Jeremy is a Board Member and Advisor to a number of digital health companies, including Pear Therapeutics, Science 37, MintHealth, Neural Analytics, and COTA.

Prior to Novartis, Jeremy was Managing Director at MPM Capital where he led the firm's digital-health investment strategy. At MPM, Jeremy founded two companies, CentrosHealth (acquired by Clinical Ink) and TriNetX. In 2011, Jeremy co-founded GrapeVine, a software company that optimizes how organizations connect with their target communities. From 2007-2011, Jeremy was COO and VP, Strategy and Corporate Development for North Plains Systems, where he lead the company's growth and
eventual sale to Accel-KKR. In 2000, he co-founded an open-source operating system company, Wasabi Systems.

Jeremy Sohn
Jeremy is Vice President and Head of Digital Business Development and Licensing at Novartis

Joysy John

Joysy is the Director of Education at Nesta. She is an entrepreneur, investor, and advisor who has launched five startups. Previously she was the CIO of Ada, the
National College for Digital Skills and before that Senior Director at EF Education First.

Prior to joining the education sector, she spent a decade in banking across Singapore, US and UK. She holds a Computer Engineering (Honours) degree from
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and an MBA with Distinction from London Business School.

Joysy John
Joysy is Director of Education at Nesta.

Jürg Brunnschweiler

Jürg Brunnschweiler is the Chief of Staff to the President of ETH Zurich, Head of the Office of the President and Director ETH Global. The Office of the President provides strategic and operational services to advance ETH Zurich and the President's vision and priorities. It is comprised of teams that are responsible for coordinating and promoting activities in the areas of Foresight and Strategic Affairs, Sustainability, International Affairs, and Global Visibility.

Jürg joined ETH Zurich in 2002. Before becoming Chief of Staff to the President on 1 January 2020, he worked first in the Presidents’ Staff and the Lecturers’ Office, then in the office dealing with the European Union Framework Programmes and in 2009 returned to the Office for Faculty Affairs where he was responsible for faculty recruiting procedures at various departments. In addition, he was contact person for academic career advancement and Secretary of the Tenure Committee. In 2012, Jürg took the helm of ETH Global, the staff unit for international relations at ETH Zurich. He is a member of the Global Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of the ETH Alumni Association.

Jürg holds a PhD in Biology from the University of Zurich.

Jürg Brunnschweiler
Jürg is the Chief of Staff to the President of ETH Zürich

Luca Brunner

Luca holds an MA in Political Science and International Relations and studied in Switzerland, the Netherlands and France. Luca is a truly interdisciplinary thinker. He
is co-founder of the first ever global network of grassroots think tanks, the Open Think Tank Network. Among others, Luca also worked at the Swiss Consulate in
New York, the German Television ZDF in Vienna and the ICRC in Geneva.

He brings profound knowledge on the design of civil society networks, the nexus between technology and politics, the mechanisms of national and global power
dynamics as well as his experience in the area of journalism. These tools (and much more) enable him to lead the next unique endeavor: the establishment of the first
movement on artificial intelligence for Switzerland, the "CognitiveValley".

Luca Brunner
Luca is Managing Director at CognitiveValley

Michel Servoz

Michel Servoz is a senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the US in Washington DC. Until recently, he was a Senior Adviser to the President of the European
Commission on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and the digital transformation of the economy. 

Prior to March 2018, Michel was Director-General in charge of Employment and Social Affairs in the European Commission in Brussels. Earlier, he was Deputy
Secretary General, responsible for coordinating European economic policies and budget. Prior to joining the European Commission, Michel had experience working as a
Law Professor, a Judge including in the Court of Cassation in Paris.

Michel Servoz
Michel was former Senior Advisor on AI, Robotics, and Digital Transformation of the Economy, to the President of the European Commission

Pascal Kaufmann

Pascal Kaufmann combines his interests and achievements in behavioural neuroscience, cyborg technology and entrepreneurship. As a member of the renowned Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in Zurich, Switzerland, Pascal has contributed to various neural interfacing projects aimed at unlocking the secrets of neural networks and brain dynamics. Hisresearch work at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, USA was the initial driver for his future career. At Starmind, Pascal has received various reputable awards and is regularly invited as a speaker at national and international events.

His vision and theories of future collaboration, where cutting edge technology meets experts attracts international attention.

Pascal Kaufmann
Pascal is Founder and CEO of the Mindfire Foundation

Patricia Rebelo

Patrícia heads continuous improvement, business process management, Data Hub, IT and digital transformation for a multinational utility based in Portugal. Previously, she was responsible for executing a major organizational transformation program and has held positions in Strategic Planning, Organizational Development and HR.

Deeply passionate about furthering the technical and leadership trajectories of female professionals in a traditionally male industry, she sets a strong example by mentoring female associates who are starting their careers. She speaks in public venues about digital transformation and how it can change the way people work. Digital
transformation, including the impact of artificial intelligence on humanity is of deep interest and a key focus for her. Combined with a push for gender parity, she believes
this will result in a fairer, more balanced world, something which is crucial for businesses and societies to thrive.


Patrícia started her career as an Assistant Auditor. She has an undergraduate degree from Nova School of Business Economics and an MBA from the University of Oxford. A proud mother of a 6-year-old boy, she likes to spend her time outside work with her family, introducing them to some of her favorite activities including traveling and golf.

Patricia Rebelo
Patricia is Head of Efficiency at EDP

Salma Abassi

Dr. Salma Abbasi is the Founder, Chairperson and CEO of the eWorldwide Group, an international social enterprise focusing on innovation, sustainable development and security, working with Governments and Development agencies to achieve the SDGs.

A former Senior Vice President, Chief Quality Officer for Lucent Technologies, she has over 35 years’ experience in the field of technology, innovation and customer centric design, Dr. Abbasi is a graduate of Civil Engineering (BSc), Electrical Engineering (MSc) and a PhD in Information Communication Technology (ICT) for Development.

This diverse engineering and technology background has given Dr. Abbasi a unique foundation to innovatively resolve complex problems at both the strategic and tactical levels, in the Public and Private Sectors. In addition, Dr Abbasi is activity engaged as an Advisory Board member for several international organizations, focusing in the space of innovation, development, education and cyber resilience.

She is also a member of a series of UN and IEEE committees, contributing to the development of new policies, industry standards and guidelines in the broader context of online safety, internet addiction from social media, gaming and gambling and ethical AI for humanity and social good.

As Chairperson of the eWorldwide Group for 19 years, Dr. Abbasi is using her vast international experience and knowledge, along with her global network to leverage best practices to develop unique multi-sector, multi-stakeholder partnerships and engagements. She has successfully created strategies initiatives that integrate policies, stakeholders and promote innovations focusing on ‘win-win’ scenarios, thus laying the foundation for inclusive and sustainable knowledge economies, which in turn holistically drive the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Most recently, Dr Abbasi has developed a robust agriculture transformation initiative, powered by
innovation and ICTs which is creating resilience, reducing avoidable deaths and addressing food security at the grassroots level across the rural farming communities. This has dramatically impacted the poorest of the poor, disrupting embedded power structures, while nurturing a new generation of agric. entrepreneurs, technopreneurs and SMART village clusters across the entire ecosystem, resulting in local economic growth.

She advocates ‘The only way to develop a truly resilient knowledge economy is to engage and equip local start-ups, entrepreneurs, SMEs, and MSMEs with holistic capabilities through ‘right skilling’, while promoting digitization, the green economy, social entrepreneurship and innovative financing, to create the foundation for sustainable and inclusive socio-economic development’.

Salma Abassi
Salma is Founder, Chairperson, and CEO of eWorldwide Group

Stefan Himmelstoss

Stefan Himmelstoss heads new strategies, ventures and partnering through IT for Vitesco, the electric power train spinoff from Continental. He is a dynamic and curious leader who brings a lot to the table for the entrepreneurs and innovation leadership ecosystems.


Focused on action, Stefan’s goal is to unite the right partners to build sustainable, well thought-through emission reducing global solutions. His 12 CEnTs worth:


C3: Creativity - Creativity - Creativity.

E3: Efficient Eyes and Ears.

n3: no noise never.

T3: Translation. Transfer. Talent.

s: smile.

Stefan Himmelstoss
Stefan is heading new strategies, ventures, and partnering through IT for Vitesco

Tony Dunnigan

Tony is a Creative Director based in Northern California. For roughly two decades, he's used visual design techniques to help scientists share their ideas.


This work generally falls into one of three categories: 

1) Using images, video and animation to describe complex ideas

2) Making experimental applications and physical prototypes easier to use

3) Visualizing the potential impact of developing technologies

He accomplishes these tasks by utilizing a combination of visual design, 2D/3D illustration, 2D/3D animation, video production, prototyping tools, CAD and other techniques. He enjoys experiencing the world at a human scale. Long distance running has allowed him to explore our planet in a fairly unique and personal way. It has also given him valuable insights into the experiences of countless generations of people whose only mode of transportation was their own two feet. He's humbled by how difficult these experiences can be for him, with so much modern food and equipment at his disposal. These insights inform much of his work.

Tony Dunnigan
Tony is Creative Director at FX Palo Alto Laboratory

Vera Futorjanski

Vera Futorjanski is a highly experienced innovation and ecosystem expert who advises both corporates and governments on innovation, helping them to build thriving ecosystems.

Most recently, she was Director of Innovation for the global Venture Capital firm 500 Startups in charge of corporate innovation and ecosystem building in the Middle East and Russia. Prior to joining 500 Startups, Vera was with the Dubai Future Foundation, where as well as being the head of global communications, she was also a founding member of the Dubai Future Accelerators, an initiative of Dubai Government to accelerate innovation and diversify the economy. Before joining the Prime Minister’s Office, Vera was the Founder of a German tech startup in MENA.

Prior to her time in Dubai, Vera ran the global communications for Rocket Internet during the IPO, the largest tech IPO in Germany in a decade. She is also a strong supporter of female empowerment initiatives and a social impact advocate. She serves as a Global Ambassador and Mentor for Vital Voices, a Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright NGO that works with women leaders. Before her career in the tech and innovation world, Vera completed her MSc at the London School of Economics
and worked as a political consultant in the European Union in Brussels.

Vera has lived in 10 countries and is fluent in five languages.

Vera Futorjanski
Vera was most recently Innovation Director at 500 Startups