At Basel Area Business & Innovation, our in-house team includes 35+ associates in the Basel Area, as well as representatives in China, Korea, USA, India and Germany. We have a large network of experts across a number of fields including corporate taxes, business launch, funding, loans, real estate, technology, relocation, marketing, human resources, employment law, and more.
Christof Klöpper has been CEO of Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2016.
Prior to this, he was Managing Director at i-net innovation networks. He was Head of Development for Industry and Technology at the office of Industry and Employment in the Basel-Stadt Economics Department and Managing Director and a member of the Board of Directors of Technologiepark Basel AG. Before this, he was a scientific assistant at the University of Basel.
Christof Klöpper studied economic geography, economics and business administration in Germany and in the United States. He obtained a doctorate at the University of Basel entitled: “The Structure and Geography of innovation processes in biotechnology”.
Frank Kumli has worked at Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2019.
Previously, Frank Kumli worked ten years for Ernst & Young in various global and local functions. Before that, he headed the business development efforts for health ingredients at Lonza and as Director of Marketing & Sales at Carbogen Amcis accompanied its development from start-up to a multinational enterprise.
Frank Kumli completed his PhD in organic chemistry at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Colorado State University (US), a Sales Management degree at the University of St. Gallen (CH) and an Executive MBA at the University of Rochester (USA/CH).
Dr. Stephan Emmerth joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2016.
He worked for i-net innovation networks switzerland as Life Sciences Manager before that.
Prior to this, Stephan worked for F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG as a research postdoc and in the Medical Affairs department of Lipomed. At the Friedrich Miescher Institute (Novartis), he was employed as a doctoral student between 2008 and 2011.
Stephan Emmerth studied biology at ETH Zurich and gained his doctorate at the Friederich Miescher Institute (Novartis) in Basel.
Daniel Ginter has been working for Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2020.
Prior to that, he was responsible for Corporate Innovation and Acceleration at digitalswitzerland. He gained experience in management consulting, co-founding and running a startup, corporate work and investing. Daniel Ginter is part of the Stanford GSB LEAD team, delivering Design for Disruption and Decision Making. He consults and coaches C-Level on how to strategically innovate for growth and impact.
Daniel Ginter studied Ecosystem Shaping at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Cambridge. He holds a Masters in Law & Economics from the University of Basel, Switzerland.
Sébastien Meunier joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2016.
Prior to this, he was Cleantech Manager at i-net innovation networks switzerland.
Sébastien Meunier worked at the CCI Sud Alsace Mulhouse Chamber of Industry and Commerce, most recently as Head of the Industry Department. He was Head of the Design Office, Laboratory and Measurement Technology at Zurfluh Feller.
Sébastien Meunier studied engineering science at the Institut Universitaire de Technologie in Besançon and at the Institut des Techniques d’Ingenieur de l’Industrie, where he gained his degree in mechanical and production engineering.
Fabian Streiff has been working with Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2018. He has been associated with the DayOne initiative as part of the DayOne Core Team since 2016.
Prior to this, he led the economic development unit of the canton of Basel-Stadt and was responsible for the life science companies in the Basel Area. He was a research assistant at the University of Bern and worked for Brugger and Partners.
Fabian Streiff holds a PhD in Economic Geography from the University of Bern and a Master of Science from the University of Zurich.
Carla Benichou has been working for Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2020.
Previously, she gained international experience in startup frundraising, startup strategy consulting and project management within life sciences and technology sectors while working at Gartner and later at Cukierman Investment House. She also completed internships at Unibail-Rodamco and the Spanish Consulate in Paris.
Carla studied Business and Finance at ESADE Business School in Barcelona and is currently pursuing her MSc in Applied Neuroscience at King’s College London.
Thomas Brenzikofer has been with Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2016.
Prior to that, he was Deputy CEO, Head of Communications and Manager of ICT Technology for i-net innovation networks switzerland.
Thomas Brenzikofer was the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Netzwoche IT magazine. He launched the C-level Magazin business journal and was editor of the WerbeWoche trade paper and of the digital lifestyle magazine Smile as well as a freelance journalist for Cash, Facts, Bolero and various daily newspapers. He is involved as a partner with the quality label Swiss Made Software.
Thomas Brenzikofer studied philosophy and German language and literature at the University of Basel, specializing in communication and media studies.
Dr. Leonildo Delgado joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2018.
Previously, he worked as a research postdoc at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel, where he collaborated with GE Healthcare in the implementation of laboratory automation systems. He was a doctoral student at the Biozentrum, where he established his first research collaboration with the pharmaceutical F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG.
Leonildo Delgado studied Biochemistry, food chemistry and molecular biotechnology at the University of Aveiro (Portugal) and gained his doctorate in Structural Biology at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel.
Stefano Glauser joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2019.
He previously ran a smart nutrition start-up, which he created during his Master of Science in Entrepreneurship at the University of Liechtenstein. He completed a Bachelor in International Business, studying in Lörrach, Germany and Cardiff in Great Britain. While studying, Stefano Glauser gained experience in healthcare innovation within an international pharma company in Basel.
Neil Goldsmith joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2018.
Previously, Neil Goldsmith was CEO and board member of Evolva SA, which he co-founded in 2004, taking it from a startup biotech venture to a leading synthetic biology company listed on the Swiss stock exchange. He co-founded Topotarget A/S and Personal Chemistry AB, now Biotage AB. He further founded and managed various life science ventures at an early stage.
Neil Goldsmith holds a 1st class honors degree in Zoology from Balliol College, Oxford University and set up his first company in 1984. He is a board member of Unibio and Double Bioventures.
Douglas Haggstrom joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in January 2019.
For more than 15 years, he has worked with large and small companies in the healthcare, media, finance and industrial sectors, helping them think about and execute strategies around growth in Australia, Switzerland and Sweden. He was the European Manager of a Fintech startup and worked as a drug development chemist with AstraZeneca.
He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Chemistry from the University of New South Wales in Australia.
Albert Hilber joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2018.
He was a member of the management team in large ICT and high tech companies and as Senior Project Manager successfully managed international ICT projects for sports events and ICT infrastructure projects for industries and public transport. He was a mentor for startups and SMEs. In a part time assignment, he is a member of the administration of Elektra Oberrohrdorf.
Albert Hilber has a diploma in Electrical Engineering Dipl. El. Ing. FH and is graduate of the International Advanced Management Program at IMD Lausanne and the Schweizer Kurs für Unternehmensführung SKU.
Frédéric Nicolet joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2019. He is responsible for the development and management of technology projects in the Canton of Jura.
Previously, he was Lead Sales Specialist at Bently Nevada, and he held various sales and project management positions at BKW AG in Delémont. He worked as a hardware and firmware developer and as European sales manager in the field of electromagnetic compatibility.
Frédéric Nicolet studied electronic engineering at the Haute Ecole Arc in Saint-Imier and completed his education with a CAS in renewable energies and had further training in coaching.
Daniel Sommer has been working for Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2020. He is responsible for setting up MedTech projects at the Jura location.
Daniel Sommer has worked in product management at Stratec Medical and Medartis in Switzerland for the last 22 years. As Managing Director he built up the Mexican subsidiary for Medartis and gained broad experience in orthopedics, product development and business development.
Daniel Sommer studied environmental engineering at the ETH Zurich.
Dr. Adrian Sprenger has been working with Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2017.
Prior to that, he won his entrepreneurial spurs as the Managing Director of his own biotech start-up.
Adrian Sprenger studied biochemistry at the University of Tübingen and gained his doctorate at ETH Zurich, UC Berkeley and the University of Freiburg.
Franz Waibel joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in July 2020.
He gained over 25 years management and leadership expertise through global and European executive leadership roles within Novartis, Pfizer, Bayer and Vifor Pharma. This is complemented by more than 6 years of consulting expertise with his own firm. He worked and lived for over 15 years in the US, Belgium and Germany.
Franz Waibel studied Cell- and Molecular Biology, Pharmacology and Business Administration. He completed his PhD at the University of Basel, Switzerland. He gained an MS from the University of Freiburg, Germany and an MBA from the University of Birmingham, UK.
Anke Hollnagel joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2019.
She was previously Head of Marketing and Sales at Doetsch Grether Ltd., a medium-sized Swiss pharmaceutical company. She also worked as a Senior Brand Manager for Colgate-Palmolive Ltd. and Consultant for Boston Consulting Group.
Anke Hollnagel studied Food Chemistry at the Technical University of Berlin and Leeds University. She obtained a PhD in Food Chemistry from the TU of Berlin and an Executive MBA from the University of St. Gallen.
Bon Oh has been working for Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2020.
Bon Oh is the founder and CEO of Aurum Care Management. Prior to that, he was Chief Operating Officer at Deloitte Consulting Korea. He also led the Life Science Industry Sector at Deloitte Korea and was the leader of the Strategy and M&A consulting service. In his different functions, he has supported top-tier multinational pharmaceutical companies and startups in Korea about their overseas expansion, R&D, supply chain management, and commercialization strategies.
Bon Oh holds a Bachelor in Business Administration and Mass Communications and a Master’s degree from the Graduate School of International Studies from the Yonsei University in Seoul.
Daniel Meier has been with Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2016.
He has worked in various functions at the predecessor organization BaselArea since 2007. Before this, he worked as Senior Consultant with KPMG in the field of Corporate Tax and as Account Manager at MLP Private Finance for wealthy private customers.
Daniel Meier studied law at the universities of Basel and Bern.
Krishna Bhatia is a well-experienced international economic development professional with knowledge in both, investment and trade promotion.
Before joining Basel Area Business & Innovation, she worked as a trade officer at the Netherland Business Support Office in Bangalore and was responsible for promoting bilateral business relations between the Netherlands and India. Prior to this, she was working with Syndicate Bank, a government bank based in India, in international corporate banking.
Krishna Bhatia is a graduate from Delhi University in statistics and completed her master in business administration at the University of Goa. She is fluent in English, Hindi and Tamil.
Diana Cortesi has worked with Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2018.
Diana Cortesi previously worked in Strategic Sales and Marketing at Miele. She brings with her valuable professional experience in a variety of business sectors like pharmaceuticals, insurance and start-ups.
Diana Cortesi completed a trilingual degree in International Business Management, studying in Colmar in France, Lörrach in Germany and Basel in Switzerland, supplemented with a semester in Cambridge in the UK. She subsequently completed an MBA in Bern with a specialization in Corporate Development.
Florent Donzé has been working for Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2018.
Previously, Florent Donzé worked for KMPG in the field of Audit Global Accounts with a focus on life science. In addition, he possesses valuable experience in different industries such as pharmacy, cosmetics and furniture.
Florence Donzé graduated with an MA in Accounting and Finance at the University of St. Gallen.
Ronghui Gao joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2017.
Ronghui Gao is the founder and CEO of G-Med Consulting, and is specialized in supporting European SMEs to access to China and helping Chinese companies invest in the west. He co-founded the new European BioMedical Centre in Shanghai and led international collaboration and business development for the life science parks Biobay and China Medical City. Prior to this, he worked in infectious disease management and in the commercial division of Nestlé in China. In the UK, he was part of the pharmaceutical marketing company InforMed.
Ronghui Gao holds a clinical medical degree from Qingdao University Medical College and an MBA from Manchester Business School.
Fabio Marelli has been working for Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2020.
Prior to this, he completed internships at the Swiss Embassy in Berlin and at SWISS International Air Lines, and worked for Baloise and UBS during his studies.
Fabio Marelli studied economics at the University of Basel and graduated with a Master’s degree in Markets and Public Policy in 2019.
Thomas Nirnberger started working at Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2019.
He previously worked at MediPaCe as Consultant and Operations Lead in the field of Patient Centricity. Before that, he held various roles at the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca in Sweden and Germany, including assignments in Quality Assurance, Supply Chain Management and Procurement, where he supported functions from Early Research, Clinical Development and Medical Affairs to Market Access.
Thomas Nirnberger studied Molecular Biotechnology at FH Campus Vienna, University of Applied Sciences.
Astrid Oyo joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2018.
Prior to that, she built a successful start-up business in investment/real estate/design, led international business development as Global VP IKEA Business and consulted for BCG on pan-European strategies with a focus on Consumer Goods and Retail industries. Astrid Oyo served on the boards of Center for Women Business Research (CWBR) and Women’s Leadership Exchange (WLE).
Astrid Oyo graduated from University of Zürich with an MA in Business and Organizational Behavior, and gained an MBA from Kellogg School of Management/Northwestern University. She is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Norwegian and Swedish.
Andreas Paulicks is a Senior Partner at the consulting firm PM&P and has been the Chief Representative in Germany and Austria for Basel Area Business & Innovation and formerly for the predecessor organization BaselArea. He has worked for PM&P as a Consultant for Strategic Marketing and International Expansion for over 20 years. During this time, he has advised companies such as Emerson, ABB, Michelin and Alstom as well as investment promotion agencies in investor acquisition.
Andreas Paulicks holds a degree in business administration with a specialization in marketing.
Jayne Riemer-Chishty has been working for Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2019.
She is Vice President Global Relationships at BootUP Ventures in Silicon Valley. Previously, she was responsible for trade promotion and representation at GACC Midwest (AHK USA – Chicago). Her international career at Deutsche Bank took her to the Basel Area, where she supported the region’s dynamic life science companies.
Jayne Riemer-Chishty holds a BA in International Economics & Cultural Affairs and German from Valparaiso University and completed a Management Development Program at IMD in Lausanne.
Maxime Ung has been working for Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2020.
Prior to that, Maxime Ung worked in China with international companies in the high-tech and audio/video sector. He was a consultant at the Paris International Chamber of Commerce with a focus on Asia. Maxime Ung further founded Frootful Connexions. The consulting agency supports companies from Europe and Asia in growing their business and entering new markets.
Maxime Ung holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from INSEEC Business School in Paris, and a Master in International Development from ISEAM Management School in Paris.
Julia Meyer joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2016.
Before that, as Head of Sponsorship at the Fondation Beyeler, where she was responsible for partnerships with major companies for various marketing projects.
Julia Meyer worked as a product manager for L’Oréal and was Marketing Manager at Unibail-Rodamco. During a four-year stay in Mexico, she managed the product development and launch of a daily newspaper.
Julia Meyer studied economic geography at Lund University in Sweden, and earned an MBA at the ESADE Business School in Barcelona.
Annett Altvater has been Manager Communications for Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2017.
Prior to that, she worked as a copywriter and consultant at Buser, Kommunikation GmbH in Basel and supervised projects with a focus on energy education. As a freelance journalist, she wrote for print media such as NZZ am Sonntag, Basler Zeitung and Beobachter as well as for blogs and handled strategy, editorial and text assignments for corporate media.
Annett Altvater studied European Media Studies at the University of Potsdam, the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and the Film University Babelsberg. She completed a two-year traineeship at the Kohlenberg press agency. She continued her education at the MAZ – The Swiss School of Journalism and the Media School of Northwestern Switzerland as well as in Corporate Communications at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.
Martin Jordan has been working for Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2019.
Prior to that, he worked as a media spokesperson for the University Hospital Basel. Before switching to corporate communications, he was a journalist at Radio SRG, where he was a moderator, reporter and editor at the Regionaljournal Basel.
Martin Jordan worked as a ski instructor. Afterwards, he was a foreign correspondent in the areas of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean for the Frankfurter Rundschau, the Tagesspiegel, the Stuttgarter Zeitung, the Basler Zeitung and Radio SRF.
Martin Jordan studied sociology, German linguistics and ethnology at the University of Basel. During his studies, which he completed in 1992, he gained initial experience in journalism as a freelancer for various media companies in Basel.
Annelise Michel joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2020.
She worked previously as Marketing Automation Specialist EMEA at Cochlear where she deployed strategic digital campaigns driving brand awareness and patient’s engagement. Prior to that, Annelise Michel gained experience in Dubai, London and Madrid in product management, sales, and marketing operations working for international companies such as Inditex/Zara and L’Oréal. She also completed a post-graduate internship program with Business France.
Annelise Michel holds a master’s degree in Business Administration at the ISG Paris Business School. She continued her education with a professional degree in Digital Marketing.
Mariela Salas joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2019.
She was previously Director of Marketing at the American University of the Caribbean Medical School and Marketing Manager for Baptist Health South Florida, one of the largest regional hospital systems. Mariela Salas worked in advertising for Saatchi & Saatchi sister agency Conill and prior to that at Hill Holliday. Her clients included Procter & Gamble, Lexus, Cleveland Clinic, CVS/Pharmacy, Dunkin’ Donuts and others.
Mariela Salas studied marketing at the University of Miami (US) where she also earned an MBA in International Business with a specialization in computer information systems. She obtained a diploma in desktop publishing and graphic design from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale (US) and a certification from the Digital Marketing Institute.
Isabelle Wymann has worked for Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2018.
Previously she worked as Director Communications at Evolva, where she helped shape the evolution from a biotech startup to a commercial enterprise. She led various projects in communications, branding and bio-design and supported the launch of novel products in the B2B market. Isabelle Wymann gained professional experience at companies such as Novartis, Lantal Textiles and W. Schneeberger AG.
Isabelle Wymann has an education in business administration and a higher business diploma. She graduated her executive Master of Business Administration in Cross-cultural Leadership studies with a dual degree from the School of Business at FHNW and from Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University.
Saskia Cecchi has been with Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2016.
She was previously Office Manager at the predecessor organization BaselArea. Before this, she was General Manager for the Meininger Hotel, London Hyde Park. She also worked for the Hyatt Hotel Berlin and the Hilton Hotel Basel.
Saskia Cecchi completed her apprenticeship in the hotel business before studying business administration for the hotel and catering business at the Hotel Management School Berlin. She then went on to obtain her MAS in Human Resources Management at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Northwest Switzerland.
Florentina Kryeziu has been with Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2020.
After the successful completion of her traineeship, she will receive her vocational school leaving certificate and Federal Proficiency Certificate. Before this, she attended commercial college (WMS) in Basel-Stadt.
Cornelia Reist has been with Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2016.
She was previously employed at i-net innovation networks switzerland both for administration and as Assistant to the Management Board.
Cornelia Reist previously worked for The Little Gym Europe and for FIPRA in Brussels. She was employed as a programmer and analyst and as a database administrator at Swisscom.
After vocational college, Cornelia Reist completed a training course as an international telephone operator and obtained further qualifications as a programmer and database administrator (DB2).
Leonid Roupychev has been working for Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2020.
Prior to that, he worked as an event manager and accountant for BPV Ltd. and was Head of Administration at BKA Language School.
Leonid Roupychev studied business and economics at the University of Basel and graduated with a Master’s degree.
Sandra Stahel has been working at Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2019.
Previously, she worked as Marketing and Event Coordinator at the Swiss trade and industry service provider MARKANT AG, where she was responsible for the organization of international customer events and specialist congresses, as well as for the international coordination of marketing projects. She brings with her a wide range of specialist knowledge, particularly in the areas of event management, marketing and sales, thanks to her professional experience in various sectors, including Uniplan Switzerland AG, Oettinger Davidoff AG and MAT Transport AG.
Sandra Stahel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Foreign Languages and International Business from the University of Franche-Comté (France) and a trilingual Master’s degree in International Business and Intercultural Management from the University of Haute-Alsace (France).
Lea Steinegger joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2017.
Prior to that, she worked as an event manager for the Swiss national grid company Swissgrid AG in Laufenburg, where she was responsible for organizing all internal and external events and for visitor management. Before that, she was an event and sales manager for the towns of Reutlingen and Ludwigsburg.
After graduating from high school, she trained as an event manager with Nürtingen town council.
Jessica Tröndlin has been working for Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2019.
In Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area she worked in administration and marketing since 2017. Thanks to her previous positions at Europa-Park, Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois and Amac Aerospace Switzerland, she gained a broad range of expertise in different industries, particularly in the fields of marketing, sales, finance and event management.
Jessica Tröndlin studied Tourism Management in Freiburg (D) and Barcelona (ES) and graduated with an extra-occupational Master of Science (Sc) in International Management from the FHNW in Basel and Olten in 2017.
Karin Crisanto joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2020.
Prior to that, she worked in different roles at Regus/IWG in Peru, Panama and Switzerland, including leading the Basel based operations. She also worked for a Swiss consulting firm and a US global bank. A common theme throughout her career has been to support her clients in finding their best working environment to operate in a comfortable and productive manner.
Karin Crisanto has a commercial background and has completed various executive management courses in Switzerland and abroad.
Since 2019, Luigi Solines has been with Basel Area Business & Innovation.
Luigi Solines has more than 16 years of experience in the USA (Charles River Laboratories) and France (Sanofi Pasteur) as a senior technician and supervisor in different laboratory services, specifically in biotechnologies used in immunology and diagnostics.
He managed technical projects such as the implementation of a corporate laboratory safety manual and more recently the conception and implementation of new more accurate immunoassays to replace older techniques.
Luigi Solines holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Marine Biology from the University of Maine.
Isabella Constantino has worked with Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area since 2019.
Prior to this, Isabella worked at the reservation service of Sixt rental. At Mexico Overseas Viajes she worked in sales, public relations and customer service.
Isabella Constantino studied Tourism Management in Mexico City while making her apprenticeship in different positions within touristic industries like the Mexican National Museum of history, the St. Regis Hotel in Houston and in incoming and tour operator travel agencies in Mexico and Venezuela.
Maria Priester has worked at Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area since 2018.
After graduating from high school, Marina Priester trained as a wholesale and foreign trade clerk in Wuppertal and worked in various departments such as import/export and purchasing/sales. Previously, she obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Arts degrees in Romance Languages with an emphasis on Italian/French at the University of Cologne.
Carine Moya has worked at Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area since 2016.
Carine Moya previously worked as an Event Project Manager at F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG. Previously, she worked for a PR agency in Ireland, where she gained experience in media relations and customer service. As a member of the department for visitor services, she organized specialized visits to the headquarters of F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG in Basel. She has also held various positions in the hotel industry in Switzerland and abroad.
Carine Moya graduated from the Hotel Management School in Lucerne. She also holds a federal diploma in commerce and a diploma in public relations from the Swiss Public Relations Institute in Zurich.
Tiphaine Charretier has been working with Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area since 2019.
She previously worked as a Project Officer in a marketing/communication agency in France. She gained experience in project management and client service. She was in charge of developing strategies in marketing/communication and implementing plans. In her previous experience, she has also been involved in organizing different events.
Tiphaine Charretier graduated from the University Haute-Alsace in France. She holds a Masters degree in project management focused on communication and a Bachelor degree in communication and multimedia.
Rahel Schneider joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2016.
Prior to this, she was employed as an Associate at the predecessor organization. She completed traineeships with Economic Development Basel-Stadt and Swiss International Air Lines and, during her studies, worked as a team assistant for OTP Organisation & Training Partners, Actelion and Engel & Völkers Northwest Switzerland, among others.
Rahel Schneider studied economics at the University of Basel until 2012 and completed her Master’s degree in International Management in Basel and Cambridge in 2016.
Domenico Scala has served as President of BaselArea.swiss since 1 January 2016.
He has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Basilea Pharmaceutica AG since April 2016, Chairman of the Board of Directors of BAK Economics AG since May 2014, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Oettinger Davidoff AG since August 2017. He is also a member of the Bank Council of the Basler Kantonalbank. In addition, Domenico Scala is a member of the Healthcare Advisory Board of an equity investment and M&A company and a board member of two private US biotech companies.
Mr Scala studied economics at the University of Basel and holds executive development degrees from INSEAD and the London Business School. He began his career working for Nestlé and Panalpina and from 1995 to 2003 served in various senior management positions at Roche, most recently as Group Treasurer. From 2003 to 2007, Domenico Scala was CFO of Syngenta AG, and from 2007 to 2011, CEO of Nobel Biocare AG. In 2004, he was selected as a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Between May 2012 and May 2016, Mr Scala was Chairman of FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee.
Samuel Hess (*1962) has been a member of the Management Board of i-net since April 2012 and since January 2016 member of the Management Board of BaselArea.swiss.
As Head of Economic Affairs in the Office of Economy and Labour he is responsible for economic promotion and development and policy in Canton Basel-Stadt. Hess has worked in various functions in Canton Basel-Stadt since 1998. Among other things he was responsible for setting up and managing the city marketing operation and for the Campus Plus project with Novartis. He worked for consulting firm INFRAS in Bern and Zurich from 1991 to 1997, including a spell as project manager, and was information editor with Swiss Radio (DRS) from 1987 to 1990.
Samuel Hess studied international relations at the University of St. Gallen and environmental and resource economics at University College London.
Pierre-Alain Berret (*1968) has been a member of the management board of BaselArea.swiss since 2019.
Since 1 December 2018, he has been in charge of the CCIJ Chambre de commerce et d’industrie du Jura (Jura Chamber of Commerce and Industry) in Delémont. Previously, he held various management positions within the Federation of the Swiss watch industry and the Republic and Canton of Jura, where he acted as government spokesman for 15 years. He is a member of the board of directors of the Collège et Lycée St-Charles, a private school with an international orientation, in Porrentruy. He was also mayor of his municipality.
Pierre-Alain Berret studied Economic and Social Sciences at the University of Fribourg and holds a degree in Journalism.
Adrian Bult (*1959) has been member of the Board of BaselArea.swiss since April 2016 and is board member and investor. He is Chairman of Swissgrid and of the Enkom Group and is a member of the board of Adnovum, Swissquote, Regent Lighting and also Alfred Müller AG. He has a deep understanding of and proven expertise in the Swiss ICT sector. From 1998 to 2007, for example, he was a member of the corporate management of Swisscom and from 2007 to April 2012 was COO of Switzerland’s bank software provider Avaloq. Bult studied Business Administration and Marketing at the University of St. Gallen.
Martin Dätwyler (*1969) has been a member of the board of BaselArea.swiss since 2019.
In 2002 he joined the HKBB Handelskammer beider Basel (Chamber of Commerce and Industry of both Basel) as head of the section transport, energy and spatial development. Prior to that, he held a leading position at the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC). As from 2011, he led the division of location policy and was deputy director. Since April 2018 he has been managing director of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of both Basel.
Martin Dätwyler has an excellent network in the region of Basel and beyond. He is a member of important regional, national and trinational economic bodies. In March 2019 he was elected into the legislature of the parliament in Baselland. Among other things, he is also vice president of the board of the TCS Section of both Basel.
Martin Dätwyler studied geografy and biology at the University of Bern. He also holds a postgraduate degree in NDS executive MBA integrated management and CAS in politics and economics from the University of St. Gallen.
Martin Frey (*1955) has been Member of the Board of BaselArea.swiss since April 2016 and has been with the US American company Fossil Group Inc. since 2004. As Executive Vice President EMEA, he is responsible for the markets of Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is also Chairman of the Board of Fossil’s group companies in Switzerland, Montres Antima SA Bienne (BE), STP Swiss Technology Production AG Manno (TI) and STC Swiss Technology Components SA Glovelier (JU). Frey also represents the region EMEA on the Board of Trustees of the Fossil Foundation. Before joining Fossil Group Inc., he worked in various functions for companies with both a national and an international focus. After graduating from the Cantonal Commercial College of Basel he completed various further education modules as part of the St. Gallen management programme with a particular focus on both Strategy and General Management.
Thomas Kübler has been on the board of BaselArea.swiss since 1 January 2016 as government representative of Canton Baselland.
Thomas Kübler has been a delegate of the Governing Council of Baselland and Head of Inward Investment Promotion for Baselland since 1 January 2016. Before this he managed his own company, providing consultancy services to board directors as an economic adviser, to executive committees on strategy issues and to pension funds as an investment coach. Until 31 December 2015 he was chairman of BAKBASEL Economics and a member of the boards of Elektra Birseck Münchenstein and the Baselland Pension Fund. For these he remains a member of the board and chairman of the investments committee.
In previous appointments, Thomas Kübler was Head of Institutional Clients with a private bank and a delegate for regional business contacts of the Swiss National Bank in Northwest Switzerland.
Thomas Kübler studied Business Administration at the University of St. Gallen (HSG).
Arnaud Maître (*1973) has been member of the Board of BaselArea.swiss since April 2016 and has been the Managing Director of Louis Bélet SA, producer of cutting tools, since 2009. He also has the function of Chairman of the Board with Louis Bélet SA. After graduation, he worked from 1999 to 2003 at the Swiss Laboratory for Doping Analyses in Lausanne as Chief of Mission. He then moved to Serono International SA in Geneva first as Regulatory Officer and later as a Specialist in Corporate Regulatory Affairs. Mister Maître studied Medicine at the University of Basel and Biology at the University of Lausanne, where he graduated with his degree in Biology in 1999.
Ahmet Muderris has been a member of the Board of i-net since April 2012 and since 1 January 2016 member of the Board of BaselArea.swiss.
He is Managing Director of Composite Busch S.A. in Porrentruy since 2000. He previously worked for British-based John Laing plc for 12 years, his last position being Regional Manager Central Asia.
Ahmet Muderris studied civil engineering at Loughborough University in Great Britain and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School.
Claude-Henri Schaller is Head of the Office of Economy and Employment of the Republic and Canton of Jura since June 2015. In 2012, he was elected as a full time Communal councillor, in charge of institutional, financial and economic issues, in the new Commune of Val-de-Ruz, resulting from the fusion of 15 communes and 10 intercomunal syndicates.
In 2001 he was appointed by the Government of the Republic and Canton of Neuchâtel as Secretary general of the Departement of Education and Culture and, since 2005, of the Department of Justice, Security and Finances. He started his career at the Swiss Red Cross Training Center, from 1991 to 1993. He moved to the Secretariat general of the Federal Department of Defence in 1994 as a staff member and was spokesman of the DoD from 1999 to 2001.
Claude-Henri Schaller graduated in Geography and History from the University of Neuchâtel and post-graduated in International Security Policy from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Claude-Henri Schaller is married and father of two children.