Meet our team

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.

Dr. Christof Klöpper

Position: CEO
Email: christof.kloepper@baselarea.swiss

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”.

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CEO

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Frank Kumli, PhD

Position: Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Member of the Management Board
Email: frank.kumli@baselarea.swiss

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).

I am all about innovation but also about boosting research and development in the region in particular and in Switzerland in general. Read my interview with Le Quotidien here.

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Frank Kumli, PhD

Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Member of the Management Board

Stephan Emmerth, PhD

Position: Director Therapeutic Innovation and BaseLaunch
Email: stephan.emmerth@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Stephan Emmerth, PhD

Director Therapeutic Innovation and BaseLaunch

Neil Goldsmith

Position: Director Strategy BaseLaunch
Email: neil.goldsmith@baselaunch.ch

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.

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Director Strategy BaseLaunch

Sébastien Meunier

Position: Director Industrial Transformation
Email: sebastien.meunier@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Director Industrial Transformation

Lucas Scherdel

Position: Director Healthcare Innovation - DayOne
Email: lucas.scherdel@baselarea.swiss

Lucas Scherdel has been working for Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2021.

Previously, he worked in a number of digital and strategic roles in global and regional functions, including the European and global offices of the World Health Organization and the UK’s National Health Service. He also led the Global Coalition for Value in Healthcare at the World Economic Forum.

Lucas Scherdel completed his BSc in neuroscience in the UK and has a Masters degree in politics, philosophy and economics of health from University College London. In 2020, Lucas Scherdel was named on the Forbes list 30 under 30 for science and healthcare in Europe for his contributions towards healthcare.

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Director Healthcare Innovation - DayOne

Virginia Ballotta

Position: Manager New Ventures – BaseLaunch
Email: virginia.ballotta@baselarea.swiss

Virginia Ballotta has been working at Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2021.

Before joining Basel Area Business & Innovation Virginia Ballotta was the Country Manager Switzerland for Catalyze, where she helped biotech entrepreneurs and researchers acquire funding and shape their business strategy. She holds a Master`s degree in Bioengineering from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands), where her main research interests were tissue engineering and immunology.

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Virginia Ballotta

Manager New Ventures – BaseLaunch
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Maurus Basler

Position: Manager Entrepreneurship
Email: maurus.basler@baselarea.swiss

Maurus Basler has been with Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2021.

After his bachelor studies, he has completed an internship at Rapp Group in mobility consulting. Prior to Basel Area, Maurus Basler had worked at Roche in Basel as a Financial Analyst and most recently as an Innovation Manager fostering an open innovation ecosystem both internally and externally. Maurus Basler holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from the University of Zurich as well as a master’s degree in International Management from the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland. He is also a professional handball player for the local Basel team.

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Manager Entrepreneurship
Carla Benichou

Carla Benichou

Position: Manager Program and Innovation BaseLaunch
Email: carla.benichou@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Manager Program and Innovation BaseLaunch

Albert Hilber

Position: Manager Upper Rhine, Industrial Transformation
Email: albert.hilber@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Albert Hilber

Manager Upper Rhine, Industrial Transformation

Frédéric Nicolet

Position: Manager Technology Projects
Email: frederic.nicolet@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Manager Technology Projects

Dr. Adrian Sprenger

Position: Manager Entrepreneurship
Email: adrian.sprenger@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Manager Entrepreneurship
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Cécile Tardy-Srinivasan

Position: Manager Accelerator, Healthcare Innovation - DayOne
Email: Cecile.Tardy@baselarea.swiss

Cécile Tardy-Srinivasan has been working for Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2021.

Previously, she worked at big pharma companies like Novartis, where she held various roles at country, regional and global levels. She brings a background in finance from working with EY. As a healthcare innovation consultant, she focuses on patient centricity and co-creating solutions among stakeholders of the healthcare ecosystem.

Cécile Tardy-Srinivasan studied Design Thinking at the MIT Sloan School of Management and holds a Master’s in Management from the EDHEC Business School, France.

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Martyna Wroblewska

Position: Manager Innovation & Sourcing BaseLaunch
Email: martyna.wroblewska@baselarea.swiss

Martyna Wroblewska has been working at Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2021.

Before joining Basel Area Business & Innovation Martyna Wroblewska worked as a Project Leader at Redbiotec AG (pre-clinical stage biotech), where she was responsible for the design, development, and management of projects focused mainly on oncology and vaccine development. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nicolaus Copernicus (Microbiology) in Poland and a Master’s degree in Biology from the University of Zürich (Evolutionary Biology).

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Manager Innovation & Sourcing BaseLaunch

International Markets and Business Affairs

Franz Waibel, PhD

Position: Head of International Markets and Business Affairs, Member of the Management Board
Email: franz.waibel@baselarea.swiss

Franz Waibel joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in July 2020.

He gained over 25 years management and leadership experience through Global and European senior executive leadership roles in leading BioPharma enterprises (Novartis, Pfizer, Bayer, Vifor Pharma). This is complemented by over 6 years of Healthcare Strategy Consulting in the fields of healthcare business strategy, multistakeholder engagement, partnering and collaboration, capability development and organizational redesign. He started his career in Switzerland and has lived and worked over 15 years abroad in the US, in Belgium and in Germany.

Franz Waibel studied Cell- and Molecular Biology, Pharmacology and Business Administration. He earned his PhD from the Biozentrum University of Basel in conjunction with the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI) in Basel, Switzerland and he gained an MS from the University of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany and an MBA from the University of Birmingham, UK.

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Head of International Markets and Business Affairs, Member of the Management Board

Anke Hollnagel, PhD

Position: Director Asia
Email: anke.hollnagel@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Director Asia
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Bon Oh

Position: Chief Representative Korea
Email: bon.oh@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Chief Representative Korea
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Claudia Hennig

Position: Representative Europe
Email: claudia.hennig@baselarea.swiss

Claudia Hennig has been working for Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2016.

Further, Claudia is a Senior Project Manager at PM&P, where she successfully coordinated numerous international market research projects for multinational life sciences companies like Abbott, Roche and Siemens with a focus on product innovation and positioning. In addition, she holds a Market Research teaching assignment at International School of Management (ISM), Frankfurt.

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Representative Europe

Daniel Meier

Position: Director Europe
Email: daniel.meier@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Director Europe

Krishna Bhatia

Position: Chief Representative India
Email: krishna.bhatia@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Chief Representative India

Diana Cortesi

Position: Manager Project Support International Markets
Email: diana.cortesi@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Florent Donzé

Position: Manager France and Benelux
Email: florent.donze@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Manager France and Benelux

Fabio Marelli

Position: Manager Business Support International Markets
Email: fabio.marelli@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Manager Business Support International Markets

Thomas Nirnberger

Position: Manager International Markets
Email: thomas.nirnberger@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Manager International Markets

Astrid Oyo

Position: Chief Representative North America
Email: astrid.oyo@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Chief Representative North America

Andreas Paulicks

Position: Chief Representative Europe
Email: andreas.paulicks@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Jayne Riemer-Chishty

Position: Chief Representative North America
Email: jayne.riemer@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Maxime Ung

Position: Chief Representative France
Email: maxime.ung@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Shuguang Yuan

Position: Chief Representative China
Email: Shuguang.Yuan@baselarea.swiss

Dr. Shuguang Yuan has been working for Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2021.

Prior to that, he worked for Actelion and Idorisa in the field of computational drug discovery. He is the co-founder of AlphaMol Science Ltd, a health-tech startup located in Basel and Shenzhen. Additionally, Dr. Shuguang Yuan holds a professorship at the Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology.

Dr. Shuguang Yuan finished his Ph.D. with Marie Curie Fellowship in three different institutions in Europe including KU Leuven, the Polish Academy of Sciences, and EPFL.

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Xiaoping Zou

Position: Chief Representative China
Email: xiaoping.zou@baselarea.swiss

Xiaoping ZOU has been working for Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2021.

Prior to that, Xiaoping ZOU worked in Shanghai as an Investments Representative, responsible for attracting and helping Chinese companies to invest in Wallonia of Belgium. She is an experienced FDI promotion practitioner.

Xiaoping ZOU studied French Language and Literature at Shanghai Int’l Studies University. She is fluent in French and English, Chinese is her mother tongue.

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Julia Meyer

Position: Head of Marketing and Communications, Member of the Management Board
Email: julia.meyer@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Annett Altvater

Position: Manager Communications
Email: annett.altvater@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Anneke Geyer-Tennekes

Position: Manager Marketing
Email: anneke.geyer@baselarea.swiss

Anneke Geyer-Tennekes has been with Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2021.

Previously, the marketing expert worked in the tourism and finance industry. Most recently, she was head of the Marketing and Communications team at Basel Tourism. As PR responsible for North America, Benelux, and Germany, she was active in tourism promotion for important target markets. Prior to that, she held marketing and sales positions at various banks. Anneke Geyer is a trained bank manager and marketing specialist with a federal diploma. She speaks six languages and brings experience in strategy & branding, media relations, communications, content marketing, sales development, and product development.

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Martin Jordan

Position: Manager Media and Public Relations
Email: martin.jordan@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Sina Kohlbrenner

Position: Manager Marketing
Email: sina.kohlbrenner@baselarea.swiss

Sina Kohlbrenner joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2021.

Sina Kohlbrenner has been in leading Marketing roles in the international medical device and healthcare sector for over a decade. Her experience ranges from Marketing Strategy, Clinical Education Programs, Product Management, Business Development and Sales Support. Sina Kohlbrenner has helped develop a nationwide US subsidiary for medical device distribution and expanded the direct contact with hospitals and caregivers. Returning to Switzerland, she used her direct customer experience to drive customer-centric product development, marketing initiatives, and educational programs.

She holds the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing and Controlling, advanced her Marketing knowledge through a post-graduate Marketing Executive Diploma at the University of St. Gallen, and recently obtained a certificate in Digital Transformation in Healthcare from the University of Manchester

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Annelise Michel

Position: Manager Marketing
Email: annelise.michel@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Julijana Stula

Position: Trainee Marketing and Communications
Email: Julijana.Stula@baselarea.swiss

Julijana Stula joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2021.

She gained her first professional experience as a partner manager in B2B and writing online articles as a journalist.

Juliana Stula is about to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Media with a focus on Communication and Media Management at the University of Applied Sciences Mittweida.

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Isabelle Wymann

Position: Manager Digital Marketing
Email: isabelle.wymann@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Shared Services

Saskia Cecchi

Position: Head of Shared Services, Member of the Management Board
Email: saskia.cecchi@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Dana Bautista

Position: Trainee
Email: dana.bautista@baselarea.swiss

Dana Bautista has been with Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2021.

After the successful completion of her traineeship, she will receive her vocational school leaving certificate and Federal Proficiency Certificate. Before this, she attended a commercial college (WMS) in Basel-Stadt.

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Milan Bertschinger

Position: Trainee
Email: milan.bertschinger@baselarea.swiss

Milan Bertschinger has been with  Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2021.

After sports high school, he initially studied sociology and media studies at the University of Basel, where he also worked in the marketing and event team. Milan Bertschinger is currently completing a part-time MAS further education course in cultural management. In this professional field, he was also employed in the meantime as an intern at Parterre One Music Basel.

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Cornelia Reist

Position: Executive Assistant and Manager IT Operations
Email: cornelia.reist@baselarea.swiss

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).

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Leonid Roupychev

Position: Manager Administration and Accounting
Email: Leonid.roupychev@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Lea Steinegger

Position: Manager Events
Email: lea.steinegger@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Jessica Tröndlin

Position: Manager Administration and Accounting
Email: jessica.troendlin@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Innovation Space and Infrastructure

Karin Crisanto

Position: Head of Innovation Space and Infrastructure, Member of the Management Board
Email: karin.crisanto@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Noémie Bischoff

Position: Manager Operational Services
Email: noemie.bischoff@baselarea.swiss

Noémie Bischoff has been working at Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area since 2021.

Previously, Noémie Bischoff worked at the car rental company Sixt as an inside sales agent. There she was able to gain experience in the support of corporate customers and in customer service. Noémie Bischoff held various positions within the company before joining Sixt as an Inside Sales Agent and gained further professional experience in the areas of sales, communication, and finance.

Noémie Bischoff holds a professional diploma in sales and commerce and a bachelor’s degree in communication and marketing.

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Cara Gilliland

Position: Trainee
Email: cara.gilliland@baselarea.swiss

Cara Gilliland joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2021.

Before moving to Switzerland Cara Gilliland has worked as an Administration Assistant and Receptionist in a medical practice in Scotland. As well as being a professional dancer with a diploma in dance and performance she is a qualified dance teacher who has lectured dance around the world. Since moving to Switzerland Cara Gilliland has worked in gastronomy and has years of experience in this field.

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Luigi Solines

Position: Manager Laboratory and Facilities
Email: luigi.solines@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Marina Priester

Position: Manager Operational Services
Email: marina.priester@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Carine Moya

Position: Community Manager
Email: carine.moya@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Community Manager

Tiphaine Charretier

Position: Community Manager Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area
Email: tiphaine.charretier@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Community Manager Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area

Rahel Schneider

Position: Community Manager and Site Development
Email: rahel.schneider@baselarea.swiss

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.

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Board

Domenico Scala

Position: President
Email: domenico.scala@baselarea.swiss

Domenico Scala has served as President of Basel Area Business & Innovation 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.

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Samuel Hess

Position: Vice-President
Email: info@baselarea.swiss

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 Basel Area Business & Innovation.

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.

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Pierre-Alain Berret

Position: Member of the Board
Email: info@baselarea.swiss

Pierre-Alain Berret (*1968) has been a member of the management board of Basel Area Business & Innovation 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.

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Adrian Bult

Position: Member of the Board
Email: info@baselarea.swiss

Adrian Bult (*1959) has been member of the Board of Basel Area Business & Innovation 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.

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Martin Dätwyler

Position: Member of the Board
Email: info@baselarea.swiss

Martin Dätwyler (*1969) has been a member of the board of Basel Area Business & Innovation 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.

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Martin Frey

Position: Member of the Board
Email: info@baselarea.swiss

Martin Frey (*1955) has been Member of the Board of Basel Area Business & Innovation 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.

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Thomas Kübler

Position: Member of the Board
Email: info@baselarea.swiss

Thomas Kübler has been on the board of Basel Area Business & Innovation 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).

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Arnaud Maître

Position: Member of the Board
Email: info@baselarea.swiss

Arnaud Maître (*1973) has been a member of the Board of Basel Area Business & Innovation 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.

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Ahmet Muderris

Position: Member of the Board
Email: info@baselarea.swiss

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 Basel Area Business & Innovation.

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.

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Claude-Henri Schaller

Position: Member of the Board
Email: info@baselarea.swiss

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.

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