Event speakers

Read more about a particular presenter that matches your area of interests and get to know your hosts, the Bühler Executive Board members.



Event speakers

Read more about a particular presenter that matches your area of interests and get to know your hosts, the Bühler Executive Board members.


Monday June 27, 10:45 - 12:00

Accelerating impact together

Peter Bakker

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Peter Bakker is President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). For a decade (since 2012), Peter has led WBCSD based in Geneva, Switzerland. WBCSD is the global, CEO-led community of the world’s leading sustainable businesses working collectively to accelerate the system transformations needed for a net zero, nature positive, and equitable future. 

Ranjay Gulati

Harvard Business School

Ranjay Gulati is the Paul R. Lawrence MBA Class of 1942 Professor and the former Unit Head of the Organizational Behavior Unit at Harvard Business School. Until recently, he chaired the Advanced Management Program, the flagship senior leader executive program, at the school. 

Kate Robertson

One Young World

Kate Robertson is co-founder of One Young World. Her work focuses on identifying and bringing together the brightest young talents in the annual One Young World Summits to create a community of young leaders. She believes that this network of professionals, young politicians and students is the way forward in tackling the global challenges such as climate change, poverty, hunger or equality. Kate Robertson was formerly the Global President and UK Group Chairman of Havas Worldwide, where she was the highest placed woman in the advertising industry worldwide.

Sunny Verghese


Sunny Verghese is the Co-founder and Group CEO of Olam, and post the re-organisation of the Group, he holds charge as CEO of Olam Global Agri and Olam International. Olam is listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange (SGX) and ranks amongst the top 30 companies in Singapore in terms of market capitalization. Sunny is a thought leader in sustainability, particularly in the food and agriculture sector. Under his leadership, Olam has been a pioneer and at the forefront of Climate and Sustainability initiatives.

Monday June 27, 14:00 - 15:30

Leading in the future

Edward Steinfeld

Brown University

Edward S. Steinfeld is Professor of Political Science, the Dean’s Chair in China Studies, and the Director of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University in the United States.  Steinfeld's expertise focuses on contemporary China's political, economic, and commercial rise.  He received his PhD, MA, and BA in Political Science from Harvard University.  Steinfeld previously served as a faculty member in MIT's Sloan School of Management and Department of Political Science.

Ranjay Gulati

Harvard Business School

Ranjay Gulati is the Paul R. Lawrence MBA Class of 1942 Professor and the former Unit Head of the Organizational Behavior Unit at Harvard Business School. Until recently, he chaired the Advanced Management Program, the flagship senior leader executive program, at the school. 

Joël Mesot

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich

Joël Mesot has been President of ETH Zurich since 2019. Prior to his appointment, he was Director of the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) for 10 years. He is a full professor of physics at ETH Zurich and part of several national and international advisory boards. Joël Mesot obtained his doctorate at ETH and the Institut Laue-Langevin (France) in the field of solid-state physics.  

Martin Vetterli

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Researcher, teacher and expert of the Swiss education and research landscape, Martin Vetterli was appointed president of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 2017. He was formerly the president of the National Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Martin Vetterli has made numerous research contributions in the digital signal processing and is best known for his work on wavelets. His research has earned him numerous national and international awards, including the National Latsis Prize in 1996. 

Suzan (Suzi) LeVine

Publicis Groupe & non-profit organizations

Suzi LeVine is the former US Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein and a senior executive with over 25 years of experience leading global organizations across government, corporate and non-profit sectors. Most recently, she was the Acting Assistant Secretary for the US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and is currently a board director for Publicis Groupe, an advisory board member for OpenClassrooms, and serves on several non-profit boards focusing on apprenticeship, workforce, diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

Christoph Gebald


Christoph Gebald is the co-CEO of Climeworks. He is a mechanical engineer by training, holding a master’s degree with distinction and a PhD from ETH Zurich. During his PhD, Christoph researched direct air capture technologies and founded Climeworks on this basis together with Jan Wurzbacher in 2009. With more than 15 years of experience in CO2 capture from the air he is considered by his peers as an expert in this growing and important industry.

Clara Rowe


Clara is the CEO of Restor. Previously, she has worked in supply chain sustainability in Latin America, engaging with large consumer goods companies, plantation owners, and smallholder farmers to design and implement solutions to protect forests and respect human rights. Clara has also worked in fishery management, youth development, and environmental education and holds a master’s of environmental management from the Yale School of the Environment. In 2022, Clara was named a 2022 Google.org Leader to Watch. 

André Noreau

Premier Tech Systems and Automation

As President and CEO of Premier Tech Systems and Automation, André Noreau exercises his leadership to develop the business in a transformative, innovative and sustainable way. His valuable background in mechanical engineering combined to his keen business sense have given him an impressive track record, generating growth and developing lasting partnerships over the years. 


With the strong conviction that there is a solution to everything, André Noreau has led his worldwide team of experts at Premier Tech to become one of the largest packaging solution companies in the world. 

Stephanie Michelsen


Stephanie is born in Denmark, grew up in Sweden and moved to the Bay Area, CA in 2011. She has since spent time in between Denmark and the US while completing her studies. She holds a BSc. Biotechnology (The University of Copenhagen, Denmark) & a MSc. Engineering in Biotechnology (The Technical University of Denmark). During her undergraduate degree she spent a semester abroad on exchange at The University of British Columbia, Canada. 

Paolo Columpsi


After various positions outside Bühler+Scherler in the fiber optic and drinking water markets as Project Engineer, Project Manager and Sales Manager, Paolo Columpsi joined Bühler+Scherler as Head of Sales Industry and Process on January 1, 2022. Paolo is Italian citizen, married and is father of 2 children.

Peter Vyncke


Peter ( 51 ) and his brother Dieter ( 43 ) VYNCKE are the 4th generation leading the family business VYNCKE. Peter was discharged from the KU Leuven University in 1994 ( TEW ) and was president of EKONOMIKA in 1993 – 1994. Between 1996 and 2000 Peter led the Asian settlement of the family business. During his time in Asia he was based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 2002 the Bros took over the family business from their parents and sisters. In 2007 Peter was elected JCI’s YOUNG FLEMISH ENTREPRENEUR. Peter is South-West Flemish, loves to travel and considers the world as his village. Peter is married to Fran LAVIGNE and has 6 children.

Fabio Campanile


Fabio Campanile, Global Heads of Science & Technology in the Taste & Wellbeing division at Givaudan International, PhD Chemical Engineering and MBA. Fabio joined Quest International in the Netherlands as R&D manager in 2000, later acquired by Givaudan in 2007. At Givaudan he has had several roles in R&D, Product Management and Flavour Creation & Application based in Switzerland. He has been in his current role since 2016.

Monday June 27, 17:30 - 18:30

Demonstrating leadership for impact

Christian Klein


Christian Klein is Chief Executive Officer and member of the Executive Board of SAP SE. He holds overall responsibility for SAP's strategic direction, management, and performance. In addition to his role as CEO, Klein was also SAP's Chief Operating Officer until July 2021, leading SAP's transformation into an Intelligent Enterprise for the benefit of customers and employees.

Satya Nadella


Satya Nadella is a husband, a father, and the chief executive officer of Microsoft -- only the third in the company's history. On his twenty-first birthday, Nadella emigrated from Hyderabad, India, to the United States to pursue a master's degree in computer science. He joined Microsoft in 1992. As much a humanist as a technologist, Nadella defines his mission and that of the company he leads as empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.


Paul Coia


Paul has also worked as a presenter for BBC local and networked radio, as well as commercial stations LBC, Smooth, and Radio Clyde. He regularly moderates at global business conferences and has even fronted events for The Pope and heads of state. He also hosted The Special Olympics in front of a crowd of 50,000. 

Tuesday June 28, 09:00 - 10:30

Solutions shaping the future

Georg Stamatelopoulos

Generation & Trading

Georg Stamatelopoulos was appointed to the EnBW Board of Directors effective June 1, 2021. Georg Stamatelopoulos assumes responsibility for the “Sustainable Generation Infrastructure” division, which covers all market issues relating to generation, as well as growth areas specifically in the field of renewable energies. This includes Renewable and Conventional Generation, Nuclear Generation, Trading, Technology, Waste Management/Environmental Services, Occupational Safety, Environmental Protection and Crisis Management. Before he moved to EnBW in July 2010, as Head of New Generation Construction Projects and later as Head of the Generation Business Unit, he worked for ALSTOM Power Systems and AE Energietechnik GmbH.

Vito Martielli


Vito Martielli is working as Senior Grains and Oilseeds analyst for Rabobank at Rabo Research Food & Agribusiness department in the Netherlands, since 2005. As expert of grains, oilseeds, meat and vegetable oils, Mr. Martielli has taken part to business trips and was invited to speak in global conferences in Europe, Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania. His job is mainly focused on the assessment of the business risks for Rabobank and on the evaluation of business opportunities for internal and external clients. 

Pier Luigi Sigismondi

Dole Sunshine Company – worldwide Foods & Beverages Group

As President of Dole Sunshine Company – worldwide Foods & Beverages Group, a 170 year-old-brand, he is leading a profound transformation, with a vision to make it an iconic Nutrition and Wellness company. One that is driven by purpose, globally. For close to 25 years, working at top executive for corporations like Nestlé, Unilever and Dole, Pier Luigi Sigismondi has worked at the intersection of purpose-led brands and value creation for the business. He is a strong believer of the proactive role companies can play against climate change, social equality and inclusion when doing business.

Jo De Boeck


Jo De Boeck is Chief Strategy Officer and member of the Executive Board of imec. His passion and professional focus are on innovation. In his current role he leads the internal imec invest portfolio looking at impactful new R&D tracks, heads the imec Venture and spin-off activities and supports the long-term strategy through funded projects, investment in talent and strategic academic relationships. He is also part-time professor at the Engineering department of the KU Leuven.

Christoph Nyfeler

CN & Partners AG

Christoph Nyfeler is a Swiss entrepreneur with international experience. The 38 year old is founder of various companies such as Circular Food Solutions Switzerland AG, Schweizer Mälzerei AG, Bio Char Switzerland AG and co-owner of a Swiss chocolate manufacturer Nobile AG. After 7 years in Singapore he lives with his family in Lenzburg and is involved in local politics and is holding the position as an elected District Court Judge.

Beatrice Conde

Bühler Group

Béatrice Conde-Petit holds the position of Sustainability Officer. Beatrice is responsible for Bühler’s Sustainability Agenda and drives strategic innovation projects at the interface between science, technology and business around the world.

Tuesday June 28, 14:00 - 16:00

Sustainable Food & Feed Solutions

Michael Gelchie

Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC)

Michael Gelchie is Chief Executive Officer at Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) and has over 30 years of experience in the agri-commodities industry, most of these within LDC, where he has served in various management roles in the company’s Sugar, Rice, Cocoa and Coffee businesses, and later as Chief Operating Officer, before his appointment as Group CEO in 2020.

Nicole Atchison

PURIS Holdings and AcreMade

Nicole Atchison is responsible for leading innovation and business development across PURIS’ portfolio of companies including ingredient technologies, processing technologies, seed genetic strategies, product development and go-to-market strategies, insights, and support for plant-based brands. PURIS develops and supports continued innovation in a spectrum of pure, plant-based foods and ingredients from U.S.-based organic and non-GMO sources. She is the CEO of PURIS Holdings and the CEO of AcreMade, a consumer facing plant-based egg company and latest innovation from the broader PURIS team. 

Andrew D. Ive

Big Idea Ventures (BIV)

Andrew is the founder of Big Idea Ventures (BIV).  BIV's purpose is to solve the world’s biggest challenges by supporting the world’s best entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers. Our first fund called the New Protein Fund I invests in plant-based, cell-based and fermentation enabled foods and ingredients to impact climate change, animal welfare and personal health. Investors include Tyson Foods, Temasek, Buhler, Givaudan, AAK, Bel Group, Avril and others.

Erika Georget

Bühler Group

Erika is Head of Bioprocessing for the Bühler Group. Erika has a PhD in Food Process Engineering from the Leibniz Universität Hannover in Germany and has been with Bühler since 2015. In her current role, Erika is responsible for Bühler’s Future of Food program and oversees the group activities in the bioprocessing space. With her team, she leads a range of activities, covering strategy as well as new technology developments with Bühler’s business teams and external partners.

Nelson Carrinho

Grupo Carrinho

“Graduated in Business Management from the New P. University in Cape Town, Nelson Carrinho started his career, in 2002, as the Catering Operations manager at Leonor Carrinho & Filhos LDA, at the time the only company held by the family. His ambition and determination enabled the company to expand into different areas, becoming the Group that it is today, with more than 5000 employees. Nelson is the currently CEO of Grupo Carrinho, a position that he has held since 2004.”

Tuesday June 28, 14:00 - 16:00

Mobility transformation

Jonas Otterheim

  • Head of Climate Action, Volvo Cars
  • Master’s Degree, Industrial Engineering and Management from Chalmers University of Technology (2013)

Stymir Hilmarsson

  • PM VCC foundry, Volvo Cars
  • 32 years with Volvo, in Sweden, Belgium and China
  • Degree in Project Management from  Halmstad University

Christian Bach

  • Empa Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science Department Head Automotive Powertrain Systems

Timon Orlob

  • Global Chief Operating Officer, Britishvolt
  • Managing roles at PwC and Sunseeker International
  • Master of Science in Supply Chain Management from Cranfield University.

Matjaz Turk

  • Advisory Board LTH Group, LTH Castings
  • More than 21 years in various responsibilities at LTH Group

Adrian Wachholz

  • Head of E-mobility Market ABB Switzerland (since 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and Master of Science (M.Sc.), Technical University of Munich

Tobias Keller

  • VP Head of Global Product Management Semiconductors, Hitachi Energy
  • Previous managing roles at ABB
  • Dipl. El. Ing FH, Power Electronics, FHNW from University of Applied Science (Brugg)  (2004)

Martin Fehlbier

  • Head of GTK, Zentrum für Gussleichtbau und Konstruktion, University of Kassel (since 2012)
  • Managing roles at Kolbenschmidt-Pierburg and Volkswagen Group
  • Oberingenieur RWTH Aachen (Gisserei-Institut)
  • MSc Material Science and Dr Degree, RWTH (Giesserei-Technik)
  • Abitur and apprenticeship at Honsel-Werke  

Kristina Orehounig

  • Head of the Laboratory of Urban Energy Systems at Empa (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology) and lecturer at ETH Zurich, Switzerland (since 2012)
  • Assistant Professor at the Department of Building Physics and Building Ecology, Vienna University of Technology
  • Ph.D. degree from Vienna University of Technology (2009)
  • M.Sc. degree in Architecture from Vienna University of Technology, Austria (2006)
Tuesday June 28, 17:30 - 19:00

Let's inspire further acceleration

Izzy Obeng


Izzy Obeng is an entrepreneur and business coach. She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Foundervine and sits as a Non-Executive Director for Traverse (Office for Public Management) and as a Non-Executive Director for Capital Enterprise. At Foundervine, Izzy leads a consultancy for creating systemic change in entrepreneurship. Foundervine has launched accelerators in the UK that support early-stage companies, providing entrepreneurs from under-represented communities with mentorship, training, and access to capital.

Colin Averill

Crowther Lab

Colin Averill is a Senior Scientist at ETH Zürich’s Crowther Lab, where he and his team study the forest microbiome. In addition to his academic role, he is the Founder of Funga PBC, a new startup harnessing forest fungal networks to address the climate crisis. He is also co-founder of SPUN – the Society for the Protection of Underground Networks – a non-profit dedicated to documenting and protecting mycorrhizal fungal life across the planet.

Caitlin Reimers Brumme


Caitlin Reimers Brumme is the Chief Executive Officer of MassChallenge. Prior to MassChallenge, Caitlin led the Impact Collaboratory at the Harvard Business School, a multi-faceted effort to develop world class academic leadership on the topic of “Investing in the 21st Century” including sustainable, ESG and impact investing. Caitlin holds an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar, and a B.A. with honors from The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Your hosts

Stefan Scheiber

CEO Bühler Group

  • Welcome to the Bühler Networking Days
  • Demonstrating leadership for impact
  • Farewell speech & thank you

Dr. Ian Roberts

CTO Bühler Group

  • Accelerating impact together
  • Leading in the future
  • Let's inspire for further acceleration

Johannes Wick

Grains & Food CEO Bühler Group

  • Leading in the future

Samuel Schär

Advanced Materials CEO Bühler Group

  • Mobility transformation

Dr. Holger Feldhege

COO, Manufacturing, Logistics & Supply Chain Bühler Group

  • Accelerating impact together

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