JAC Speaker 2012

Morning | Afternoon Track | Asia Forum

Morning: A brave New World - Imperative of Education and Leadership


Dr. Margaret Elizabeth Nkrumah, Chairman of the Board of SOS, Children’s Villages
Association of Ghana

Dr. Margaret Elizabeth Nkrumah served on the Executive Committee of the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) in Geneva and also on the Board of the Council of International Schools(CIS) UK. She is currently on the Board of the International Schools Association (ISA) Geneva and on the Advisory Boards of the African Leadership Academy (ALA) South Africa and the Committee to Teach About the United Nations (CTAUN) New York.

Prof. Martin Hilb, University of St. Gallen
Prof. Dr. Martin Hilb is the founder of the IFPM Center for Corporate Governance at the University of St. Gallen. Prof. Hilb has been awarded a gold medal in Corporate Governance by the International Academy of Quality “for exceptional contributions to the principles and practice of quality in governance”. Hilb is Professor of Business Administration at the University of St. Gallen, Titular Professor at the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management in Brussels. He is also Managing Director of the Institute for Leadership and HRM and its Center for Corporate Governance, President of the Institute for Business Ethics as well as Member of the Board of Governors of the University of Lucerne in Switzerland.

Dr. Rolf Doerig, Chairman, Swiss Life, Adecco & Danzer / Vice Chairman, Kaba Holding
Dr. Rolf Doerig launched his professional career at Credit Suisse in 1986 where he held a number of executive positions in various areas of banking and different geographical markets. In 2002, he held the position of Chairman, Switzerland. Dr. Rolf Dörig was CEO of the Swiss Life Group from November 2002 until May 2008. He became Chairman of the Board of Directors of Swiss Life Holding in May 2009. Dr. Dörig is also Chairman of the Board of Directors at Adecco, and Danzer AG, Vice Chairman at Kaba Holding and Member of the Executive Commitee at economiesuisse.

Andreas Schmid, Chairman, Gategroup, Zurich Airport, Oettinger Imex & Symrise
Andreas Schmid has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gategroup since April 2009. Schmid is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Oettinger Imex AG (Davidoff Group), Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Symrise AG and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Flughafen Zurich AG. He has been Vice Chairman of Barry Callebaut AG since 2005. There, he previously held the position of Chairman from 1999 to 2005 and was CEO from 1999 to 2002. He also has been a member of the Board of Directors of Karl Steiner AG since 2008 and a member of the Board of Directors of Badrutt’s Palace Hotel AG since 2006.
 Peter Ohnemus, Founder, Chairman and CEO, QUENTIQ AG
Peter Ohnemus is the majority owner of QUENTIQ AG. Peter has been involved in high-tech and bio-tech investments over the last 25 years and this had led to four IPO’s and multiple trade sells. Peter Ohnemus/Network Capital Holding, his private investment firm, is currently invested in high-tech, bio-tech and sustainable energy/infrastructure start-ups. The company has investments in third generation heart valves, organic search software, algorithm-based skills search exchange, real-time financial data for mobile phones, renewal energy trading platform, carbon trading, etc. Peter co-founded ASSET4, the world’s leading provider of extra-financial information, in 2004, which was sold to Thomson Reuters in November of 2009. Mr. Ohnemus previously held senior executive positions with Sybase, Logic Works, The Fantastic Corporation and COS – all of which went public during his tenure.

Afternoon: Track A: The Future of Work, Design and Sustainability


 Luis Suarez, IBM Software - Marketing
Luis Suarez has been working at IBM for 15 years. In that time he's specialised in the fields of Knowledge Management, Collaboration, Community Building and the last 11 years in Social Computing (Enterprise 2.0) and Social Software. He's currently working in the IBM Software Digital Thought Leadership Program, Social Business Enablement, CommunityBuilder & Social Computing evangelist helping accelerate the adoption rate of social software within IBM and over the last few years he has developed a passion for this next wave of collaboration and knowledge sharing tools, known as social software. Finally, over four years ago he started an experiment about ditching corporate email in favour of social software to collaborate & share knowledge. Articles: NY TimesMashable | Wired


Shigeru Ban, Architect
Shigeru Ban is an accomplished Japanese and international architect, most famous for his innovative work with paper, particularly recycled cardboard paper tubes used to quickly and efficiently house disaster victims. Shigeru Ban was the winner in 2005 at age 48 of the 40th annual Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He was profiled by Time Magazine in their projection of 21st century innovators in the field of architecture and design. Current projects include the Aspen Art Museum, the Tamedia Office Building, Zaragoza Tower, PJA Condominium, The Beach Club and Cafe del Mar (Lebanon), new headquarters for Swatch, new production building for Omega and the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture Temporary Pavilion (Moscow).

 Lee Newman, Dean, IE School of Social & Behavioral Sciences, MIT/Michigan Alum
Lee Newman is Professor of Behavioral Science at IE University and IE Business School in Spain. He is serving as Dean of IE’s School of Social & Behavioral Sciences. He completed interdiscplinary doctoral studies at the University of Michigan. His doctoral work combined Psychology (Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience) and Computer Science (Intelligent Systems). He also hold Masters degrees in Management (M.I.T. Sloan) and in Technology Policy (M.I.T. TPP) and a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering (Brown University). Prior to pursuing an academic career, he was a founder and senior manager in two technology-based startups in New York City (Brainstorm Interactive, and HR One), and he served as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in Chicago.

Åsa-Katrin Johansson, Head of Risk & Sustainability GF-SCM ABB Ltd
Åsa Johansson joined ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd in 2011. Åsa’s experience spans from construction, marine and power automation industry. Åsa has over 15 years of experience working at multinational companies, holding leading supply chain functions such as head of steel, supply chain, commodity management etc. Åsa has strong experience in global sourcing, compliance and risk management, lived and worked in multiple countries around the world. Åsa holds a BA in Landscape Architecture and a Masters in Supply Chain Management.

John Tobin, Global Head of Sustainability Affairs, Credit Suisse
Dr. Tobin is Global Head of Sustainability Affairs, and has responsibility for managing environmental and social matters at Credit Suisse. He joined Credit Suisse from Clifford Chance in New York, where he was a corporate attorney focusing on cross-border financial transactions. He holds a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University as well as a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He obtained his B.S. in Biology, magna cum laude, from UCLA. Dr. Tobin is member of the board of directors of the Organization for Tropical Studies and of the Private Sector Advisory Group of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.

Anne P. Wallin, Director, EH&S and Sustainability (EMEA), The Dow Chemical Company
Dr. Wallin is responsible for Environment, Health and Safety and Sustainability services for EMEA region in the areas of Toxicology, Product Safety and Compliance, Regulatory Affairs, and Sustainability. She retains her global responsibility for Sustainable Chemistry and Life Cycle Assessment, incl. leadership of the 2015 Sustainable Chemistry Goal project team which is integrating Sustainable Chemistry across all disciplines, functions, and businesses in Dow. Anne is a member of the California Green Ribbon Science Panel and the Governing Board of the American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute.


Ioannis Ioannou, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School
Prof. Ioannou is a strategy scholar whose research focuses on Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). In recent pioneering work, Prof. Ioannou with Prof. Eccles and Serafeim, have documented that a corporate culture of sustainability generates superior financial performance in the long run and explored how such a culture translates into business practices. His recent paper with Olga Hawn on “Whether Actions Speak Louder than Words: the case of CSR”, was published in the Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management (AOM) 2012. Prof. Ioannou graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and holds a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University.
Dr. Thomas Scheiwiller, Director and Global Head of Clients and Industries, AccountAbility
Prior to joining AccountAbility, Thomas was Global Managing Partner of the Sustainability Advisory Business at PricewaterhouseCoopers, a member of the Retail & Consumer Leadership Team in Switzerland, and a member of the Retail& Consumer Industry Council for Europe. Thomas has been and is still active in many professional bodies and not for profit organizations, including sitting on the Board of Advisors of Sosense, the Steering Committee of the European Commissions’ Business@Biodiversity platform, the Board of the Swiss Foundation for Environmental Education (SANU), the Board of the Sustainability Forum Zurich (TSF), etc

Regional Track: Asia 360 - New Wealth, Political Risks and Natural Desasters (download program)

Martyn Parker, Chairman Global Partnerships & Member of the Executive Committee, Swiss Re
Martyn Parker was appointed as CEO Reinsurance Asia and Regional President Asia and joined the Executive Committee with effect from 1 January 2012. He became CEO of Swiss Re's Asia Division on 1 June 2006. From his Hong Kong base, he oversaw Swiss Re's rapidly expanding Asia-Pacific business, which covers both the Property & Casualty as well as the Life & Health sectors. He continued to serve as a member of the Group Management Board, which he joined in September 2005 as Global Head of Life and Health Products.


Thomas R. Meier, CEO Asia, Julius Baer
Mr. Thomas R. Meier has been CEO and Member of the Executive Board of Bank Julius Baer & Co since 2011. Prior to Julius Baer, Dr. Meier was Head of Private Wealth Management and Member of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank, Luxembourg. From 2000 - 2004 he was CEO North Asia and Branch Manager at Credit Suisse Group. Dr. Meier has a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Zurich. He also studied Political Science and Economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.

Kenneth Ho, Head of Products Asia, Julius Baer Group
Kenneth Ho joined Bank Julius Baer in 2006. He is currently the Deputy Global Head of Investment Solutions Group for Bank Julius Baer, Head of Products Asia Pacific and a member of the Asia Executive Board for Julius Baer. As Head of Products in Asia Pacific, he manages all of the advisory, discretionary management, asset management and wealth & tax planning businesses. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for numerous companies throughout the region. Mr Ho has an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a BBA from James Madison University.

Ruedi Noser, Owner, Noser Group and Member of the Swiss Parliament
Since 1996 Ruedi Noser is the sole owner of the Noser Group. Noser Group consists of  several companies in Switzerland, Germany and Canada and employs about 450 employees. The group's expertise is in telecommunications and computer science. From December 2006 to May 2008 he was chairman of Esmertec AG (now known as the Myriad Group). From 2000 to 2006, Ruedi Noser was president of Swiss Engineering. Since 2006 he has been on the board of ICTswitzerland. Noser is a member of the Swiss parlament. Noser studied at the University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil, graduating in 1985 as an electrical engineer. Later he studied at the University of St. Gallen as well as the University of Zurich.

Yunsong Xing Sutter, CEO & Founder, Succeed AG
Yunsong is a seasoned Private Banking professional with over 12 years of demonstrable track record and founder of Succeed AG, a private banking consultancy fi rm. Her past roles and responsibilities included Head of Strategy for Private Banking China with The Royal Bank of Scotland Group; Head of Corporate Communications, Project Manager of Integration, Senior Manager within Risk and Audit at RBS Coutts International. Yunsong has a bachelor degree in Information Management from University of Melbourne, a degree in CPA (Certified Practicing Accountant) and EMBA from both INSEAD and Tsinghua.

Blaise Godet, Ambassador to China, Mongolia and North Korea
Blaise Godet has a law degree from the University of Neuchatel and is qualifi ed as a lawyer. He started his professional career in one of the big Swiss banks and entered the diplomatic service in 1974. Prior of being appointed Ambassador to China, Mongolia and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in 2008, he served as Ambassador in over 8 countries as well as at Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.


Simon Tay, Professor of National University of Singapore and Chairman of Singapore Institute of International Affairs
Simon Tay is a professor of international law at the National University of Singapore, chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs think-tank, and Senior Consultant at Wong Partnership, a leading Singaporean law firm with practice in Southeast Asia, China and the Middle East. As an academic, he has published internationally and taught at Harvard Law School, Yale and the Fletcher School and his 2009 book Asia Alone: The Dangerous Post-Crisis Divide from America was favorably reviewed in The Economist and The Financial Times.

Dr. Heinrich Siegmann, Head of U.S. Affairs, Swiss Bankers Association, MIT Alum
He has been with the SBA since 2005, and in his current post he focuses on issues pertaining to international banking and the financial markets. For two years prior to joining the SBA, he worked for “InWEnt – Capacity Building International” in Bonn and Berlin, where he was a department head for this German firm, which is active in the areas of international management consulting, capacity development and training. From 1993 through 2003, he held various positions at UBS AG, Zurich, most recently as Head of the Public Policy Department and Chief Political Analyst.
He earned his Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, after having received master’s and bachelor’s degrees in computer science from the University of Colorado and University of Stuttgart, respectively.

Johnny Chen, CEO APAC, Zurich Insurance Group
Johnny Chen is Chief Executive Office, Asia Pacifi c General Insurance of Zurich Insurance Group. Mr. Chen is also a member of the Leadership Team and of the Asia Pacifi c Committee of the Group. Prior to joining Zurich, Mr. Chen was an executive member of the Greater China Management Board and of the Operating Committee of PricewaterhouseCoopers (“PwC”). He was also the Managing Partner of PwC’s Beijing offi ce. Mr. Chen has also been a Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in China since 1995.
Kurt Haerri Head Top Range Division, Schindler Elevators Ltd.
Kurt Haerri is Senior Vice President, Head Global High-Rise Business since April 2009 and leads the
Top Range Division, a worldwide competence- and profit centre for high-rise elevators of Schindler
Elevators Ltd. Switzerland. Kurt Haerri worked for Schindler in China from 1996 to 2003. After his
return to Switzerland in 2003, he took over the Supply Chain Management Division at Schindler
Switzerland as a member of the Executive Committee. In 2005 he became Head of the New Installation
Business of Schindler Switzerland and in addition in 2008 Head of the Modernization Business.
Since May 2006, Kurt Haerri is the President of the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

Christoph I. Lang, Asia Expert
Lang worked at several national and international organizations including the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the International Committee of the Red Cross as well as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He started his career at the District Court in Zurich and the Union Bank of Switzerland. Lang earned a PhD in Law from the University of Zurich.
Chris Matten, Partner, Financial Services Industry Practice, PwC Singapore
Chris Matten is charged with the development of risk and capital management solutions for financial
institutions and corporate treasuries. He is also the global leader of PwC’s Risk-Based Capital
Management network. Prior to joining PwC, Chris was the CFO of OCBC, a listed Singapore-based
bank. His two previous roles before that were as head of balance sheet management for the National
Australia Bank and group financial controller for Swiss Bank Corporation.