Innosuisse Board appoints Innovation Council

Berne, 21.07.2017 - The Innosuisse Board has appointed the members of the Innovation Council. The new specialist body is made up of 20 experts from industry and science. As of 1 January 2018, Innosuisse will take over the functions of the current Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI, the federal agency concerned with promoting science-based innovation.

Under the leadership of CEO André Kudelski, the Board appointed 20 experts with a track record in innovation to the Innovation Council. According to Board CEO Kudelski: “The members’ profile and experience give them an edge in responding to challenges in innovation, such as digitalisation, the protection of intellectual property or innovative business model approaches.“

The Board relies on people who are professionally active and can use their experience in their work at Innosuisse. In addition to the desired modernisation resulting from the conversion of the CTI to Innosuisse, the Board also intends to maintain a certain continuity with the previous promotion activities. For this reason, the Board has appointed five members of the CTI to the Innovation Council.

The board attaches particular importance to quality and diversity. The new members bring diversity to the Innovation Council both with their professional experience (in business, universities of applied sciences, universities, ETHs) and their cultural background: ten members are based in German-speaking Switzerland, seven in French-speaking Switzerland, two in Ticino, and one member works abroad.

Members appointed to the Innovation Council:

Name, Company/organisation

  • Bazin Jean-Luc, Swatch Group
  • Béhar Yves, fuseproject
  • Casanova Nicoletta, FEMTOprint SA
  • Copéret Christophe, ETH Zurich
  • Demen-Meier Christine, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, HES-SO Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale
  • De Tonnac Alisé, Seedstars SA
  • Dransfeld Clemens, FHNW University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland
  • Eschermann Bernhard, ABB Group
  • Hemmer Frédéric, CERN - The European Organisation for Nuclear Research
  • Heuberger Renat, South Pole Group
  • Keller Emanuela, University Hospital Zurich
  • Kornowski-Bonnet Sophie, F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG
  • Meyer Myriam, mmtec
  • Nasciuti Adriano, SUPSI - University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
  • Puschmann Thomas, Swiss FinTech Innovation Lab
  • Renaud Philippe, EPFL Lausanne
  • Richdale Kelly, ID Quantique SA
  • Sigrist Stephan, Think Tank W.I.R.E., ETH Zurich
  • Tzonis Stelios, digital-strategy
  • Zwinggi Alois, World Economic Forum

The Innovation Council is the specialist body of the future Innosuisse. It decides on funding applications and provides scientific and innovation-related support to the funded projects. The Innovation Council develops proposals for funding strategies and instruments, and determines the related implementing provisions. Its tasks also include preparing the multi-annual programme for the Board. The Innovation Council may also call on experts for support, who are appointed by the Board on its proposal.

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Address for enquiries

Eliane Kersten, Co-head of Communication CTI/Innosuisse, Tel. 058 464 19 95


Commission for Technology and Innovation - as of 1.1.2018 Innosuisse – Swiss Innovation Promotion Agency

Innosuisse – Swiss Innovation Promotion Agency