Guy Parmelin

Federal Councillor in charge of Economy and Tourism

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Guy Parmelin, Federal Councillor in charge of the Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (DEFR), was elected to the Federal Council on 9 December 2015. Since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, he has been strongly involved in setting up aid measures to help the economy and its recovery.

Philippe Leuba

Membre of the Cantonal Government, in charge of economics and tourism affairs

Anja Wyden Guelpa

Member of the Switzerland Tourism Committee

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Anja Wyden Guelpa founder and CEO of civicLab helps CEO and companies to thrive and become more competitive and attractive through their corporate culture, by using collective intelligence and innovation techniques. She teaches innovation and design thinking in two universities and used to be the State Chancellor of the State of Geneva for 8 years.

Martin Nydegger

CEO of Switzerland Tourism

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Martin Nydegger is the CEO of national tourism marketing organisation Switzerland Tourism (ST), since 1 January 2018. He previously served for ten years as a member of the ST Executive Board. After managing the Amsterdam branch office for three years, he went on to hold the position of Head of Business Development from 2008 until the end of 2017.

Andreas Züllig

President of HôtellerieSuisse

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Andreas Züllig has been committed to tourism at federal level as President of HotellerieSuisse since January 2015. The trained chef graduated from the hotel management school in Lausanne. Since 1991 he and his wife Claudia Züllig-Landolt have been hosts at the Hotel Schweizerhof on Lenzerheide.

Casimir Platzer

President of GastroSuisse

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Casimir Platzer, a graduate of EHL, has been President of GastroSuisse since 2014. He is also a member of the Board of the USAM, the Swiss Employers' Association and the Swiss Tourism Federation. Casimir Platzer chairs the board of management of the hotel schools in Zurich and Geneva and holds a leading position in the industry's parliamentary group.

Jacqueline de Quattro

National Councillor, Member of the Committee of the Swiss Tourism Federation

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National Councillor, lawyer Jacqueline de Quattro was State Councillor of the Canton of Vaud for 14 years, in charge of safety and the environment. A hiker, traveller and lover of Switzerland, she is vice-president of the Swiss Tourism Federation.

Julia Grundmann

International Markets & Cooperation Management at Deutsche Zentrale für Touridmus

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Julia Grundmann has been Head of International Markets & Cooperation Management at the Deutschen Zentrale für Tourismus e.V. since 2018 and has been with the company since 2014. In her previous positions at Deutschland Tourismus, she was responsible for foreign marketing at Hamburg Tourismus und Tourismus NRW e.V.

Christian Mantei

President of ATOUT France

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After creating companies in the tourism sector, Christian Mantei became head of the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau in 1997. In 2004, he became head of the French Tourist Engineering Agency. In 2009, he was appointed Managing Director of Atout France. In 2019, he became Chairman of the Board of Directors of Atout France.

Dr. Petra Stolba

CEO of Österreich Werbung

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Dr. Petra Stolba was Managing Director in the Austrian Convention Bureau, then Head of Department for National Tourism Policy in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour and then Managing Director of the Federal Tourism and Leisure Industry Division of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. Since 1.11.2006 Petra Stolba is Managing Director of Österreich Werbung.

Guy Bigwood

Managing Director Global Destination Sustainibility Index (GDS-Index)

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For the last 15 years, Guy has been delivering award-winning consulting services focused on helping cities, governments, associations and the hospitality industry step up, scale up and speed up their sustainability programmes and operational practices. He is the Managing Director of the Global Destinations Sustainability Movement.

Frédéric Borloz

National Councillor and President of the Swiss winemakers' federation

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Frédéric Borloz has been mayor of Aigle since 2006 and a PLR national councillor since 2015. He is also President of the Chablais Public Transport (TPC). Having familiarised himself with the world of wine-growing, this has led him to take on the presidency of the Swiss Winegrowers' Federation Committee.

Nicolas Bürer

CEO Switzerland Digital

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Nicolas Bürer studied Physics at the EPFL. After several years in management consulting and young startups. Since October 2016, Nicolas Bürer is Managing Director at digitalswitzerland. Nicolas is one of the 100 "2019 Who is Who" of the Swiss economy. He is a passionate entrepreneur and startup investor.

Prof. Christophe Clivaz

National Councillor and Professor at UNIL, Institute of Geography and Sustainability

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Christophe Clivaz is a political scientist specialising in tourism and an associate professor at the Institute of Geography and Sustainability at UNIL, Sion. He coordinates the Master's degree in Tourism Studies as well as the CAS "Tourism, Innovation and Sustainability". He has also been a national councillor since 2019.

Guillaume De Roquefeuil

CEO EuroPass

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Founder and CEO, Guillaume De Roquefeuil has created EuroPass in 2015 in Paris after living 8 years in China. EuroPass supports organizations in reaching qualified followers on Chinese social networks; to attract and convert Chinese FIT. Guillaume holds a Master of Science from Birmingham University and a Global Executive MBA from INSEAD.

Daniel Egloff

CEO of Basel Congress and Chairman of the SCIB Committee

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Director of Basel Tourismus since 2001, Daniel Egloff is a specialist in business tourism and MICE. He also chairs the SCIB (Switzerland Convention and Incentive Bureau). He holds an Executive Master's degree from the University of Lucerne and the Federal Diploma as a Tourism Expert.

Mathieu Fleury

Member of the SBB Management Board, Head of Customers services

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Lawyer, mediator and manager, Mathieu Fleury headed impressum, the professional organisation of Swiss journalists, then the Fédération romande des consommateurs (FRC), before becoming administrative director of the Haute Ecole de Musique Vaud Valais Fribourg. Since June 2020, he has been head of the "Customers" unit within the management of the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB).

Anthony Gazagne

CEO of PublicisLive

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Anthony Gazagne is a French entrepreneur and the Executive Chairman of PublicisLive, a leading global brand experience and event communications agency supporting some of the world’s most influential leaders, nations and organizations.

Benjamin Gehrig

CEO of the Vaud wines (OVV)

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Benjamin Gehrig holds a Bachelor of Science HES-SO in Hospitality from EHL. From 2010 to 2012, he was assistant HES and head of international affairs at ECAL, where he worked closely with the management, before joining the OVV in 2012 as project manager, then as the CEO from 2018.

Alexis Georgacopoulos

CEO of ECAL

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Alexis Georgacopoulos is CEO of the ECAL/Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne. Founded in 1821, the ECAL is regularly ranked among the 10 best art and design schools in the world, ranking 5th in the Dezeen Hot List 2016. Among other recognitions, Wallpaper* magazine has named it among the "100 most influential personalities in the world of design".

Sophie Hostettler

Program Director of TeleBielingual and Showmaster INFO & TALK

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Sophie Hostettler is an accomplished journalist and since December 2016 programme director of TeleBielingue. In 2014, she was awarded First Prize at the Swiss Press Award for one of her programmes. She has a degree from the University of Bern in Media & Communication Science.

Mathieu Jaton

CEO of the Montreux Jazz Festival

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Born on June 12, 1975, graduated from the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, he was hired at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1999 as Marketing and Sponsorship Manager. He became General Secretary in 2001 and in 2013, after the death of Claude Nobs, he took over the management of the Montreux Jazz Festival Foundation.

Prof. Dr. Christian Laesser

Professor at the University of St. Gallen, Centre for Tourism and Transport Research

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Christian Laesser is Professor of Tourism and Service Management at the University of St. Gallen and Director of the Institute for Systemic Management and Public Governance, where he heads the Research Centre for Tourism and Transport.

Peter Lochbihler

Director Public affairs Booking.com

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Peter Lochbihler has been Global Director Public Affairs at Booking.com since February 2016, heading a global government relations team, based at headquarters in Amsterdam. Prior to joining Booking.com, Peter served as Vice President – EU Affairs with Rolls-Royce from 2012 to 2016, representing the company towards the EU institutions.

Daniel Luggen

CEO Zermatt Tourismus

Prof. Philippe Masset

Professor at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)

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Philippe Masset is Associate Professor of Finance at the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL). He is a member of several academic associations, has published numerous articles, and has received awards for his research. He is interested in wine economics, the hospitality sector and alternative investments.

Sarah Pearson Perret

Secretary of Pro Natura in western Switzerland

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Studies in biology and political science. From 1998-2006 responsible for nature and landscape themes at AGRIDEA. From 2007 to 2017 head of section at the Federal Office for the Environment and development of the Swiss Biodiversity Strategy for the Confederation. Since the end of 2017 Secretary of Pro Natura in French-speaking Switzerland.

Prof. Roland Schegg

Professor at the HES-SO, Scientific Coordinator of the Tourism Institute of Sierre

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Roland Schegg is a professor at the HES-SO Valais and a researcher at the Institute of Tourism (ITO). Between 2000 and 2004, he worked at the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL). His research focuses on various topics related to digital tourism (e.g. distribution channels in the hotel industry).

Prof. Achim Schmitt

Professor at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)

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Dr. Achim Schmitt is Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Programs at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne. He conducts research in organisational theory and strategic management, with a particular interest in organisational ambidextrousness, organisational decline, business turnarounds and strategic renewal.

Marco Solari

President of the Locarno Film Festival

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Marco Solari was director of the Ente Ticinese per il Turismo from 1972 to 1991 and president of the Ticino Tourist Office from 2007 to 2015. In 2014 he was awarded the Swiss "Milestone" prize in recognition of his career in the tourism sector. Since 2000, he has been President of the Locarno Film Festival.

Berno Stoffel

CEO of Cableways Switzerland

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Berno Stoffel has been the director of the Swiss Cableways since 1 October 2020. Previously, he was CEO of the Grächen Tourism Company, CEO of the cableways, and he was President of the Valais cableways from 2017-2020. He holds an Executive Master in Business Administration from HSG St. Gallen.

Lorenzo Stoll

Managing Director western Switzerland SWISS

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After a first professional experience as Sales and Marketing Manager with Montreux-Vevey Tourisme, Lorenzo Stoll joined the Nestlé Group in 2001. He held various positions in Switzerland and abroad. Since October 2013, he has held the position of General Manager French-speaking Switzerland at Swiss International Air Lines.

Yann Stucki

Specialist in wine tourism

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With a degree in management and business administration, Yann Stucki has worked for Crans-Montana Tourisme, Montreux-Vevey Tourisme and has led large-scale projects such as "Vaud Oenotourism". Today he is the coordinator of Lausanne Great Wine Capitals and develops wine tourism on a national scale.

Ueli Stueckelberger

CEO of the Public Transport Union

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Advocate Ueli Stückelberger worked for several years at the legal department of the Construction, Transport and Energy Directorate of the Canton of Bern. In 1999 he moved to the Federal Office of Transport. Since 2011 he has been Director of the Association of Public Transport. He is also a member of the board of the Swiss Tourism Association and the management (board) of REKA.

Martin Sturzenegger

CEO Zürich Tourismus

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Martin Sturzenegger (47) has been Director of Zürich Tourism, a DMO with around 120 employees, since 2013. Prior to this he was a member of the RhB Executive Board for three years, eight years with the SBB and around four years with Swissair. He lives in the heart of Zurich, is married, has two children and is often on his mountain bikr on the Üetliberg.

Sébastien Tondeur

CEO MCI

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Sébastien Tondeur is Chairman, CEO and reference shareholder of the MCI Group. Since he has been at the head of the group, the company has tripled in size and become global thanks to its presence in 31 countries. MCI is today one of the largest groups in the events sector in the world.

Paul Zilk

CEO of Reed

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Paul Zilk is President of Reed MIDEM since 2003, organizing leading international B2B events in television, music and property. He also worked in pro sports (NBA) and consumer goods (Nestlé). Educated at Harvard, he lived in the USA, France and Switzerland, including 9 years in the Canton of Vaud.