Youth Forum Switzerland


one of The AIMS of Youth forum switzerland is to connect the world’s leading changemakers with young people from around switzerland AND EUROPE.

the following list is of confirmed guest speakers of yfs 2019.

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Marc buckley(Germany)

Marc is a UN SDG Advocate, Social Innovation, Climate Change Agriculture, Food and Beverage Expert Network member of the World Economic Forum, Global Food Reformist, and Sustainable Futurist. Marc is on a mission to empower billions of global citizens to live an adaptive lifestyle of health and sustainability within planetary boundaries.

As an expert on sustainable development, Marc consults for companies in their renewable transition with specialization in innovative systems, recycling, packaging, and organic, raw, and vegan products.

Marc is also a Champion for Global Citizen social movement to end extreme poverty. The Germany and Austria Country Manager for Al Gores Climate Reality Project and a international speaker on the climate crisis. Delegate at EAT Stockholm Food Forum. Party Delegate at UNFCCC COP events. An ambassador for Future Food Institute. Committee member for Environment and Innovation for the Italian Federation of Human Rights FIDU - Federazione Italiana Diritti Umani.


Dr. Estefania Tapias

Postdoctoral fellow and Lecturer, Chair of Information Architecture

Estefania is Postdoctoral fellow and Lecturer and the Chair of Information Architecture at ETH Zurich. Her research is focused on Information Cities and climate-sensitive urban planning. Estefania attained her doctoral degree at ETH Zurich and obtained the PhD label from Climate-KIC; one of three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) created by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). At ETH Zurich she teaches the course ‘Digital Urban Simulation’ where ETH students learn how to analyse and generate spatial urban configurations with advanced computational methods.


Anja Wyden Guelpa (switzerland)

director/Founder of civic lab

A fine observer, a quick thinker, a generous empowerer, Anja constantly seeks harmony and mutual enrichment. She works hard, has a hard head, an important commitment to the community and escapes with travel and yoga.

After 20 years of experience in senior management positions in both the private economy at IBM and in the civil service as project manager at SECO, Director General of Social Action and Chancellor of the Canton of Geneva she has decided to start her own business and to divide her time between board mandates, philanthropic commitments, teaching of innovation techniques at the Geneva School of Management (HEG) and her civicLab company.




Elena Philipova is the global head of the ESG proposition at Thomson Reuters. She is responsible for the end-to-end management of the ESG business, products and services at the Financial business of Thomson Reuters. She serves a broad range of customers (institutional and retail investors, pension funds, insurance companies, corporate clients, academics, etc.) and has more than 12 years of experience in the ESG / sustainability industry.

Working from the firm’s Enterprise Innovation Hub in Baar, Switzerland, she drives the proposition strategy and ESG priorities across the enterprise, and works very closely with other business units, clients, partners and industry leaders.




William is an experienced strategy and innovation consultant, with a passion for behavioural design and systems thinking based approaches to social change.

He has over a decade of experience in business, has consulted on large scale future visioning projects for government and corporate clients and mentored start-ups and young entrepreneurs including Australia’s first Indigenous business accelerator. William is also a WEF Global Shaper, a Davos 50 and UNLEASH Lab alumni.

An active social commentator, Will regularly speaks at conferences and on television and radio about social change and technology. William is also recipient of awards and honours, including: Jude Bugeja Mental Health Week Award; nominated for the Australian Mental Health Prize; named a Top Young Social Entrepreneur, Business News Australia.

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Carolyn was born in South Africa and spent much of her childhood in Kinshasa, Congo before living in Paris, UK and Germany.  Carolyn is an enthusiastic, vivacious character who lives life to the full.  Her love of travel, nature and adventure has taken her to many parts of the globe: kayaking in New Zealand; safari in Kenya; climbing in Chile; whale watching in Canada; diving in Egypt and meditating in Bali.

Passionate about education; Carolyn began her professional career as a primary school teacher before founding Whale Bags Ltd. in 2007 after learning that plastic was devastating the oceans; determined to help people stop using plastic bags she designed her organic cotton bags as alternatives.  Over the years Carolyn has brought all her passions together: education, protecting the environment, the ocean, sport and travel to develop the environmental education charity, The Whale Company. In 2017, Carolyn and her partner, Carlos became the first people in the world to paddle 12 marathons in 12 countries on a stand up paddleboard made of recycled plastic bottles. In 2018, she paddled the length of the River Thames from Source to Sea on her bottle board, collecting messages from school children which she delivered to parliament.

Carolyn believes by turning passion into action you can bring about positive change in the world.



Active in thought leadership, consulting & applied research in sustainability & responsibility, and directing the DAS & DBA programs 

Dr. Katrin Muff is a thought leader in the transformative space of sustainability and responsibility at Business School Lausanne, where she acted as Dean from 2008-2015.  Under her leadership, the school focused its vision on entrepreneurship, responsibility and sustainability in education and research.

Her business experience includes 10 years at ALCOA (GM in Russia, Industry Analyst for Global M&A in the U.S. and Business Analyst Europe), 3 years as Director, Strategic Planning EMEA at IAMS Europe (Procter & Gamble), and 3 years as a co-founder of Yupango, a coaching consultancy dedicated to start-ups and training management teams.




Jaideep Bansal is the Energy Access Leader of Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE), and is working to electrify the remote mountain communities using Solar Micro Grids. GHE has brought energy access to 50 villages, empowering 20,000 people in the Himalayas. He was working with Procter & Gamble for 6 years before leaving his job to provide sustainable development for marginalized communities. He is also the Foundation Board Member of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.

The work of rural and remote electrification has been documented by National Geographic, NDTV and has reached out to millions of people across the world to inspire them to take up service as a human duty. He has also been instrumental in providing experiential-based digital education to the students of the region by setting up Himalayan Innovation Centers with GHE, which have won the Design for Change Award two years in a row for sustainability projects. In September 2015, he set the world record for the first electric bike to reach the highest motorable road in the world. He has highlighted the need for energy access through articles and as a speaker at various international forums.

As a Foundation Board Member of the Global Shapers Community, he is developing the vision and strategy for the Global Shapers community with 400 Hubs and 7000 Shapers in 155 countries. He has represented India at Davos in 2016 and 2017 and was featured among the top 10 people at Davos 2017 who will restore the faith in humanity.





Mr. Baumann started his professional career in the Private Banking division of Credit Suisse in 2005. He joined Real Estate Investment Management in 2006 and assumed the responsibility for the development and launch of new investment vehicles for Swiss investors.

As of January 1, 2013 he assumed the global responsibility for product development and sustainability in Real Estate.

He assumed his current position as COO & Head Sustainability, Global Real Estate, in April 2014 and leads all sustainability, platform management and control function efforts in Switzerland and abroad. As of April 1, 2017 Mr. Baumann also became Co-Head Germany of Credit Suisse Real Estate.

Mr. Baumann holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from ETH Zurich, a Master of Business Administration Dual Degree from the Lorange Institute of Business in Zurich and the State University in New York. He is also a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) & the Society of Property Researchers Germany (GIF).  


MICHELE MISCHLER - (Switzerland & Canada)



Michele’s strategic role is tasked with identifying and leading Institutional priorities in the scope of (but not limited to) the Forum's host country Switzerland.

Head of the Open Forum Davos - The Open Forum is open to the public during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The Open Forum welcomes a diverse public from around the globe to listen, participate and share thoughts, experiences and stories with the panellists on pressing and controversial issues.

Leading team tasked with implementing the World Economic Forum Sustainability Strategy, with aim to certify the Forum in accordance with the new international Sustainability Management System (SMS) Standard for Events: ISO 20121 (2012).




Rosie Garthwaite is an Emmy-award winning producer, founder of Mediadante, an independent production company making stories about the Middle East for a global audience and author of How to Avoid Being Killed in a War Zone. She was also a British Army officer.

In 2003 as the southern Iraq correspondent for The Baghdad Bulletin, the first English-speaking newspaper published after the war, and stringer for Reuters, The Times and the BBC, she exposed the first British Army torture case – the death of Baha Mousa and injuries of his colleagues.

She was part of the start up team at Al Jazeera English in 2006 and spent five years in the Doha newsroom and travelling the world for them running field teams and sometimes bureaus as a producer and then reporter. Rosie is the author of the ITB “2012 Special Travel Book” of the year How to Avoid Being Killed in a War Zone published by Bloomsbury in 2011. Rosie joined the British army as an officer in the 3rd Royal Horse Artillery in 1999 for a one year commission before gaining an MA hons at Oxford University in 2003.

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prof. ir. kees chistiaanse (netherlands)

chair of urban planning institute (eth)

Kees Christiaanse is an expert in the development of university campuses and in the revitalisation of former industrial, railway and harbour areas and is a supervisor of several international urban developments. Throughout his career Kees has always combined teaching and research with his professional work within KCAP, which has generated fruitful cross-fertilisations.

From 2003-2018, he has been chair of the Urban Planning Institute of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.  Since 2010 he has been involved in the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) in Singapore.

In 2013, he was appointed Chairperson of the External Advisory Board of the Architecture and Design Department of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). In 2009, Kees was curator of the 4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) with the title “Open City. Designing Coexistence”. He is author of a multitude of books and essays about architecture and urban planning and has received numerous honours among others the lifetime award ‘2016 RIBA International Fellowship’ for his particular contribution to architecture and the’ARC17 Oeuvre Award’ for his lasting and innovative contribution to the improvement of the built environment.


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Peter van manen (Australia/Uk)

executive vice president - living planit.

Peter is Executive Vice President at Living PlanIT, leading Engineering. He is responsible for the development and support of the products and platforms created by the company, including the highly acclaimed PlanIT Urban Operating System (UOS). He is also responsible for the core applications and for UOS development tools used by 3rd party developers, the service and support and for PlanIT Labs, the R&D group focusing on advanced digital and biological systems. Peter has been on the Board of Living PlanIT since 2008.

Peter has worked for many years in high-impact industries that demand high levels of performance, reliability and safety. He has worked on making: trains faster in underground coal mines; heavy-haul iron ore trains more robust in undulating terrain; long-overland conveyors quieter; and detecting deterioration early in critically-ill children in acute care.


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Caroline Bryant-Bosa (USA)

Owner/ Director - Flintridge Bryant Consulting

Caroline is currently engaging in consultancy assignments for family foundations, NGOs, international institutions and multinational companies in the sustainability, environment, climate change, health and agriculture sectors. Most projects are related to topics promoting sustainable business (including supply chain improvements and social enterprise development), sustainable and development finance initiatives (including blended finance instruments), project management and/or strategy development.

Recent projects include developing agricultural supply chain financing projects for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in North Africa, developing a disruptive supply chain insurance for the cocoa industry to stop deforestation in West Africa, as well as developing a grant-making strategy for Porticus Foundation in the areas of sustainable investing, business as a force for good and circular economy models.

Caroline previously worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to shape a strategy on innovative financing for the Donor Government Relations team in London, as well as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in small business development from Mongolia to Morocco. 

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Carolyn Steel (UK)

MA (HOns) Cantab Royal institute of british architects

Carolyn Steel is a leading thinker on food and cities. Her 2008 book Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives won international acclaim and her concept of ‘sitopia’ (food-place) is widely recognized in the emergent field of food urbanism.

Carolyn has taught at Cambridge University, London Metropolitan University, Wageningen University and the London School of Economics. A director of Kilburn Nightingale Architects in London, she is in international demand as a speaker and spoke at the first TEDGlobal in 2008.


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Kai landwehr

marketing manager - my climate

Kai Landwehr is the current marketing manager at MyClimate. He is an expert for communications and brands with passion and extensive knowledge of sustainability and sports. He also has proficient experience in corporate communications, strong social media affinity and successful in building and activation of communities.

MyClimate aims to shape the future together with you through consulting services, education and climate protection projects.


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Executive General Manager, Steam Turbine Product Line - General electric (GE)

Simon is an Engineering professional with over 25 years experience in the field of power generation, responsible for a number of technology firsts in the industry, working on the largest most efficient power plants providing electricity around the globe.

Power is foundational. It is the underpinning of modern life, the spark that sets progress in motion. At GE Power, Simon leads global teams, developing the energy solutions of the future focussing on new Nuclear and Coal applications and improving the power networks we depend on today.

Simon studied Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London. He is a Professional Chartered Engineer; a member of the IMechE; Associate of the City and Guilds Institute; and American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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Rosanne van der Meer(netherlands)

Founder of The Girl and the Machine

1 part designer, 1 part researcher, 1 part entrepreneur

An innovative fashion brand that offers 3D printed knitwear on demand,

Featured at Salone del Mobile and Dutch Design Week.

Learned to knit from grannies working for social brand Granny’s Finest.

Devoted to build a socially and environmentally sustainable fashion industry by transforming the way clothes are bought and made.

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Ben Buckland(australia)

Independent Oversight Advisor - association for the prevention of torture

Ben has been working for the APT since 2014. As Independent Oversight Adviser, Ben coordinates APT’s work with independent oversight bodies around the world, including National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI), ombuds institutions and National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs); and develops expert advice from research on how these institutions can play a stronger role in torture prevention.

Prior to joining the team, Ben worked with a number of NGOs and think tanks, including the Geneva Democratic Centre for Armed Forces (DCAF), the Ethicos Group, Human Rights Watch, Oxfam and the University of Melbourne.

Ben holds a Bachelor’s degree with first class honours in French and political science from the University of Melbourne and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. An Australian and British dual citizen, he speaks fluent English and French.

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Cathal murphy (ireland)

documentary filmmaker - our mental health

Cathal Murphy is a 24 year old documentary filmmaker from Cork City, Ireland. Over the past two and a half years he has been working on the Our Mental Health documentary with a friend, covering the personal stories of people the same age as them (living around Cork), one of those stories being his own. The project began with his friend’s passion for film, and his personal passion for the issue of mental health.

The group collaborated with no experience in the field, and managed to produce an hour long documentary that will be broadcasted on Irish National Television in October of 2018. Cathal is very proud to have produced such a high quality, touching documentary, and hopes it will have a powerful impact in reducing the shame and stigma attached to mental health difficulties.

Cathal’s own passion for mental health began with his own difficulties manifesting in his late teens. He had a natural curiosity about the causes of his own difficulties and sprouted a passion to know more, both for his own benefit and the benefit of others.  Having received such a positive response from the documentary, it certainly inspired him to continue in finding innovative ways in educating people on these matters.