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

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

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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Manager Upper Rhine, Industrial Transformation
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Anca del Río

Position: Manager Health Tech Community - DayOne
Email: anca.delrio@baselarea.swiss

Anca del Río joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2022.

She is a thought leader in global health and innovation governance with a passion for multi-stakeholder engagement and digital capacity building. Anca holds an international Masters of Science in Public Health and Healthcare Management (MSPH) and is pursuing a doctoral degree (DrPH) in the same field; Furthermore she completed the joint EIT Health Stanford Biodesign Fellowship in need-led innovation with the University of Oxford and IESE Business School, and holds several certifications in Health Systems Innovation, Health Economics and Strategy from the Harvard Business School and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Throughout her global career across Europe, the US and Australia, Anca wore several executive, strategic, and operational hats in organisations such as the EIT – European Institute of Innovation and Technology and its Alumni Community, EIT Health, Tirol Kliniken, and supported new business ventures in medtech and digital health by validating, developing and scaling up innovation.

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Manager Health Tech Community - DayOne

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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Manager Accelerator, Healthcare Innovation - DayOne
Florian Saner

Florian Saner

Position: Manager DayOne Tech Accelerator
Email: Florian.saner@baselarea.swiss

Florian Saner has been working for Basel Area Business & Innovation since beginning of 2021.

Previously, he was one of the Corporate Business Developers at Straumann Group in Basel, a global leader in dentistry. His responsibilities ranged from assessing and valuing strategic collaboration deals to managing the transaction process and negotiating final agreements, with a focus on distribution and M&A activities. He is also a member of the Innosuisse jury at the Medtech start-up training, named Business creation course, and teaches a course of negotiation and business development at the university of applied science in Delémont.

Florian Saner completed his BSc in Economics at the University of Lausanne (HEC) and Mannheim, an MSc in Accounting & Finance at the University of St. Gallen (HSG), is a Chartered Financial Analyst I (CFA) and holds several certifications in negotiation and sustainable strategies from the London School of Economics and Harvard Business School.

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Manager DayOne Tech Accelerator
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Johannes Bohren

Position: Director Entrepreneurship
Email: johannes.bohren@baselarea.swiss

Johannes Bohren joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2022.

Prior to that he worked in Finland as an entrepreneur. He co-founded and led an IT company and an impact funding platform. Johannes studied Political Science, German Literature and Economics at the University of Fribourg and St. Petersburg.

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Director Entrepreneurship

Martyna Wroblewska

Position: Manager Innovation and 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 and Sourcing BaseLaunch

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

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

Pascal Clisson

Position: Manager Innovation Project, Healthcare Innovation - DayOne
Email: pascal.clisson@baselarea.swiss

Pascal Clisson has worked at Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2023.

Previously, Pascal Clisson worked as a digital startup cofounder and startup mentor. He is a digital transformation consultant and part-time professor in several graduate and executive education programs at the ESAN Business School in Peru.

Previously he held managing positions for Sony Corporation in global and local functions in sales and marketing, mostly in Europe and Latin America.

Pascal Clisson is an active patient expert and advocate at the Alliance Maladies Rares in France and is EURORDIS and EUPATI trained.

Pascal Clisson completed his Executive MBA at the IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. He holds a master’s degree in international Management from the EM Lyon Business School, France and has a degree in Political Sciences and Economy from Sciences Po Strasbourg.

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Manager Innovation Project, Healthcare Innovation - DayOne

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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Director Therapeutic Innovation and 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

Ursula Costa

Position: Director Healthcare Innovation – DayOne
Email: ursula.costa@baselarea.swiss

Ursula Costa has been working for the Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2022.

Previously, she worked in different roles in the field of neurorehabilitation, ranging from clinical practice, academia, and med-tech, where she held global roles. She brings extensive experience in patient experiences and working with different stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem.

Ursula Costa studied Physical Therapy and completed her master’s and Ph.D. at the University of Barcelona. Her focus is on staying up to date and has completed her education with certifications in the fields of Change Management, UX/UI, healthcare economics, business, digital marketing, and Agile Methods.

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Director Healthcare Innovation – DayOne

Virginia Ballotta, PhD

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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Manager New Ventures – BaseLaunch

Yana Yoncheva

Position: Manager Innovation Projects - DayOne
Email: Yana.Yoncheva@baselarea.swiss

Yana has been working for Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2023.

She has spent many years managing an international community of innovators, and is a seasoned expert in event management. Yana has organized a wide range of high-level events focused on innovation in European cities.

Prior to that, she worked in the manufacturing and construction industries, where she performed various senior roles in business development, marketing, and sales in both B2B and B2C sectors.

Yana holds a Master’s degree in International Business.

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Manager Innovation Projects - DayOne

International Markets and Business Affairs

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Paul Eschmann

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

Paul Eschmann joined Basel Area Business & Innovation as Head of International Markets and Business Affairs in March 2022.

He previously worked as Commercial Manager for a medium-sized food producer and was already working as Director Asia for Basel Area Business and Innovation. Before that, he was employed as a manager at Accenture Switzerland in the Legal & Commercial Services department and as a Commercial Project Manager at Siemens Power Generation.

Paul Eschmann has a Business Administration degree from the Duale Hochschule Lörrach. He also studied Law at the Universities of Regensburg and Erlangen. He was admitted to the German Bar in 2004.

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

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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Chief Representative Europe

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

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

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

Diana Cortesi

Position: Manager Business Affairs
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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Manager Business Affairs

Fabio Marelli

Position: Manager USA and Business Affairs
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 USA and Business Affairs
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Nathalan Charmillot

Position: Manager France and Benelux
Email: nathalan.charmillot@baselarea.swiss

Nathalan Charmillot joined Basel Area Business & Innovation as Manager France and Benelux in the International Market & Business Affairs team in 2022.

Previously, Nathalan worked as a Financial Controller and Business Intelligence Analyst at the Hôpital du Jura.

He completed his bilingual Bachelor’s degree in Management at the University of Fribourg. Afterwards, he went on to graduate with a Master’s degree in Business Innovation at the University of St. Gallen (HSG).

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Manager France and Benelux

Valentina Francia, PhD

Position: Manager Ecosystems
Phone: +41 778135240
Email: valentina.francia@baselarea.swiss

Dr. Valentina Francia joined Basel Area Business & Innovation as Manager of International Markets in the  International Market & Business Affairs team in 2022.

Valentina worked as a biomedical researcher in academic institutions in Italy, the Netherlands, and Canada before coming to Basel. She is an expert in pharmacology, gene therapy, and nanotechnology and she brings with her extensive experience as a communication manager for pharmaceutical scientific societies, project accelerator for academic and industrial research networks, and conference organizer.

Valentina received her master’s degree in molecular biology at the University of Milan (Italy) and she holds a PhD in nanomedicine and pharmacology from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands).

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Valentina Francia, PhD

Manager Ecosystems

Vilde Godtlibsen

Position: Intern International Markets and Business Affairs
Phone: +41 76 408 30 23
Email: vilde.godtlibsen@baselarea.swiss

Vilde Godtlibsen joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2022

She is currently enrolled in a master’s program in Business and Administration that specializes in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Rushford Business School. Previously she completed a bachelor’s degree in Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. She gained experience in social media and content creation by working as an intern for a startup company in Basel.

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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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Chief Representative North America

Kirsten Detrick

Position: Chief Representative North America
Email: kirsten.detrick@baselarea.swiss

Kirsten Detrick has been working with Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2023.

She is an Adjunct Professor of Business at Tuck/Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire and CEO of two biotech startups. Previously, Kirsten was Chief Commercial Officer of Endpoint Health where she drove the organization’s efforts to expand to Switzerland and the UK.

Kirsten spent the majority of her life sciences career at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Amgen and Takeda. Notable international assignments include Head of Global Commercial for Takeda’s Gastroenterology team in Zürich; General Manager/Managing Director of Takeda’s businesses in Austria, Czech Republic and Slovakia; Global Marketing and Commercial Development Senior Director for Amgen with a focus on corporate expansion into Japan; and Director for Worldwide Marketing Effectiveness with BMS.

Kirsten Detrick holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College with a major in Chemistry.

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Chief Representative North America

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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Chief Representative France

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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Chief Representative China

Marketing and Communications

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Julia Chang

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

Julia Chang 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 Chang 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 Chang studied economic geography at Lund University in Sweden, and earned an MBA at the ESADE Business School in Barcelona.

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Head of Marketing and Communications, Member of the Management Board

Anneke Geyer-Tennekes

Position: Director 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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Director Marketing

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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Manager Marketing

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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Azra Keranovic

Position: Intern Marketing and Communications
Email: azra.keranovic@baselarea.swiss

Azra Keranovic has started working for Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2023.

Prior to that, she gained some experience in multinational companies. She worked in fields including sustainability, sales, and marketing and communications.

Azra graduated in International Business Management in 2022. She studied at the University of Rotterdam and in Geneva.

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Clement Bastide

Position: Manager Digital Marketing
Phone: +41 79 617 55 98
Email: clement.bastide@baselarea.swiss

Clement Bastide joined Basel Area in 2022.

Previously, he worked as Digital Marketing Manager for international companies such as Ubisoft, EY, KPMG and Amazon in Paris and Luxembourg.

In 2019, he moved to Japan, where he spent 1 year traveling and working as a Digital Marketing Consultant for small & medium companies. Back in Europe in 2020, he started teaching online marketing in university and business schools, in addition to his consulting activity.

Clement studied Computer Sciences then Business Management in France, with some exchanges in England and Ireland, before getting a master’s degree in Online Marketing.

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Arianna Ramirez

Position: Associate Manager Marketing
Email: Arianna.Ramirez@baselarea.swiss

Arianna Carolina Ramírez joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2022.

She worked previously as Photographer and Audiovisual Producer, Book Illustrator, and Conversation Analyst, in different startups in Colombia. She is also an entrepreneur herself and has led several projects. In the field of mental health, she directs an activism startup called Hablemos De Salud Mental.

She studied for a Bachelor´s degree in Social Communication with a focus on Journalism at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia.

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Isabelle Taureck

Position: Manager Marketing
Email: isabelle.taureck@baselarea.swiss

Isabelle Taureck joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2024.

Previously, she worked as a Marketing Manager and Marketing Director in various SaaS/B2B software companies, including the Basel-based DXP market leader, Magnolia. Isabelle also gained extensive experience in B2C and retail marketing during her time at companies such as Pirelli and Hermès.

Isabelle pursued the trinational bachelor’s program in International Business Management at universities in Basel, Colmar and Lörrach. She completed her master’s in International Marketing with a dual degree from HSNR Mönchengladbach and UHA Colmar in 2018.

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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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Lenka Michalkova

Position: Associate Manager Marketing
Email: lenka.michalkova@baselarea.swiss

Lenka Michalkova has been working for Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2023.

Previously, she worked as a Marketing Manager for both B2B and B2C brands. Her experience includes serving as a Client Success Manager at a B2B Marketing Agency, where she supported niche Irish tech organizations with repositioning, rebranding, inbound marketing, and running marketing campaigns. Lenka also gained valuable insights into the advertising creative industry while working at Ogilvy.

Lenka Michalkova studied economics at Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica and completed the Circular and Sustainability Strategies course at the University of Cambridge.

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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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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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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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Dana Bautista

Position: Associate Manager Administration and Accounting
Email: dana.bautista@baselarea.swiss

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

She successfully completed her traineeship at Basel Area Business & Innovation, receiving her vocational school leaving certificate and Federal Proficiency Certificate. Before this, she attended a commercial college (WMS) in Basel-Stadt.

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Jan Röthlisberger

Position: Intern Shared Services
Email: jan.roethlisberger@baselarea.swiss

Jan Röthlisberger has been working for Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2023.

Before joining the Shared Services department at Basel Area Business & Innovation as an intern, he completed the WMS-School in Basel. Following his internship, Jan plans to pursue a career in either management or events.

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Jessica Tröndlin

Position: Manager People and Culture
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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Julia Kähl

Position: Manager Digital Transformation and CRM
Email: julia.kaehl@baselarea.swiss

Julia Kähl has been with Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2023.

Previously, she gained experience as an IT consultant and as an IT change & adoption manager at various companies in Switzerland.

Julia Kähl studied business informatics at the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University in Lörrach and is currently furthering her education in the field of product management.

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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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Lenka Willems

Position: Manager People and Culture
Email: lenka.willems@baselarea.swiss

Lenka Willems has been working for Basel Area & Business Innovation since 2024.

Before joining as Manager People and Culture she worked in international organizations, such as Heineken and Panalpina in various HR roles, on local and global levels. She gained a profound understanding of learning and development, HR projects, and recruitment in particular. Since moving back to Switzerland in 2021, she has been active as a coach helping professionals in their career transitions.

Lenka Willems studied Human Resources at Business Economics University in Bratislava, with one semester of international exchange study at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

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Leonid Roupychev

Position: Manager Finance and Controlling
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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Mariana Rado

Position: Manager Digital Events
Email: mariana.rado@baselarea.swiss

Before joining the Basel Area Business & Innovation Team, Mariana worked as a Training Coordinator for Endress+Hauser Digital Solutions in Reinach, where she was responsible for planning, organizing, and promoting training courses and online seminars about digital communication and Industrial Internet of Things. Before that, she worked as a Marketing Manager in an outsourcing company, specialized in Housekeeping activities in the Hotel industry in Switzerland, where she gained additional experience in the field of customer care.

In 2012 Mariana graduated at the University of Applied Science Northwestern Switzerland as a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

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Morgane Husser

Position: Manager Events
Email: morgane.husser@baselarea.swiss

Morgane Husser has worked at Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2023. 

Prior to Basel Area, Morgane Husser worked for two years as a clinic manager at Basel University Hospital and for 8 years at the MCH Messe Basel as Head of Customer Services, organizing the technical aspects of events such as Baselworld, Swissbau and Art Basel. 

Morgane obtained a tri-national Bachelor of Science in International Business Management at the FHNW, the DHBW and the UHA and a Master in Communication 360° at the European Communication School in Strasbourg. 

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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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Cara Gilliland

Position: Manager Operational Services
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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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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Franziska Dornblut

Position: Community Manager
Email: franziska.dornblut@baselarea.swiss

Franziska has been a Basel resident since 2007. During the past 15 years she worked as the Director of an international language school and as a Relocation Manager for a Destination Service Provider relocating international employees of different industries to Basel. Prior to her move to Basel she lived in Andorra and Spain where she worked in the hospitality and tourism industry also improving her Spanish and Catalan language skills.

Franziska spent five years in the USA and graduated from Suffolk University in Boston with a Bachelor Degree in International Business.

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Isabella Constantino

Position: Manager Operational Services
Email: isabella.constantino@baselarea.swiss

Isabella joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2019.

She graduated from a university in Mexico and holds a Tourism Management degree. Isabella previously worked in hotels, travel agencies, museums, and car rental companies, in different countries like Venezuela, USA, Mexico and France. The tourism industry allowed Isabella to gain experience in sales and customer service.

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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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Manager Operational Services

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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Tebbe de Vries

Position: Manager Laboratory, Strategy and Development
Email: tebbe.devries@baselarea.swiss

Dr. Tebbe de Vries joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2023.

Prior to this role, he worked as a senior scientist at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) in Basel, where he contributed to drug discovery projects with a primary focus on RNA therapeutics.

Tebbe earned his doctorate in biochemistry and structural biology at ETH Zurich, following his studies in biology at the University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.

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Tim Rusch

Position: Intern Innovation Space and Infrastructure
Email: tim.rusch@baselarea.swiss

Tim Rusch has been working for Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2023.

He attended WMS in Reinach from 2020 to 2023. He finished the school part in 2023 and started working at Basel Area Business & Innovation on August 1st of the same year.

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Tiphaine Charretier-Ilgün

Position: Community Manager
Email: tiphaine.charretier@baselarea.swiss

Tiphaine Charretier-Ilgün 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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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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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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Alexandra Beckstein

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

Alexandra Beckstein has been a member of the board of Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2023.

She is the founder and head of QAI Ventures, a company focused on ecosystem building by providing capital and acceleration for quantum and AI start-ups. In the uptownBasel project, from which the company emerged, she was responsible for the strategy development as well as building the start-up ecosystem.

Alexandra Beckstein has worked for start-ups, SMEs, and government. She founded a company in the field of renewable energy in Berlin and is author of the book Bossing It—The Future Belongs to the Bold.

Alexandra Beckstein is a geoscientist by training with advanced education in business and leadership.

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Beat Lüthi

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

Beat Lüthi has been a member of the board of Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2023.

Beat Lüthi has been CEO of CTC Analytics AG, a laboratory robot maker in Zwingen, since 2008. He additionally sits on the boards of Skan in Allschwil and Apaco in Grellingen, companies that are both located in Basel-Landschaft. From 2010 to 2023, he also oversaw the company Straumann as a member of its board of directors.

Beat Lüthi’s career has seen him in positions at Zellweger-Uster, Feintool, and Mettler-Toledo. He studied Electrical Technology at ETH Zurich, completed a doctorate at the BWI, the business management institute at ETH; and obtained an Executive MBA at INSEAD.

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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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Lukas Schüpbach

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

Lukas Schüpbach has been a member of the board of Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2023.

He was previously CEO of Bacthera, a joint venture between Lonza & Chr Hansen, and cofounder of Innojection. Lukas has also held senior leadership positions at a Roivant Sciences portfolio company, Syngenta, and Novartis. He started his career as a Principal in Management Consulting at PwC.

Lukas Schüpbach holds a master’s degree in Business & General Management from the University of Basel and a master’s degree in Economics from HEC Lausanne. He is also an alumnus of several executive management programs at IMD and Harvard Business School.

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Marie Leblanc

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

Marie Leblanc has been a member of the board of Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2023.

She is Executive Director, Global Head of Account Management, Cell & Gene Technologies at Lonza. Marie started her career working for Lonza in 2006 as a Sales & Business Development Manager in life sciences ingredients. She then transitioned to the Lonza Pharma & Biotech business in 2009. From this time onward and throughout her career at Lonza, Marie has served in various commercial leadership positions in sales, strategic marketing, and commercial development across the portfolio of technologies of Lonza.

Marie Leblanc has a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Aix-Marseille University, France and holds an MBA from St. Gallen University, Switzerland.

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Marie Leblanc

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Martin Dätwyler

Position: Member of the Board
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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 Dätwyler

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Pierre-Alain Berret

Position: Member of the Board
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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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Pierre-Alain Berret

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Thomas Kübler

Position: Member of the Board
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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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Thomas Kübler

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Ursula J. Bausch PhD

Position: Member of the Board
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Ursula Bausch has been a member of the board of Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2023.

In 2005, she was appointed CEO of Baccinex SA in Courroux and is President of the Board. Before that, she held positions at Pfizer in Illertissen and Bristol-Myers-Squibb in Munich as Clinical Supplies Coordinator and Clinical Trial Scientist in the Clinical Trial Management Team.

Ursula Bausch graduated in Pharmacy at Eberhard-Karls-University, Tübingen. She completed her PhD at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology of the University of Basel. In 2020, she obtained an MBA from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland.

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Ursula J. Bausch PhD

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