Economic and Business Forum
The Economic and Business Forum (EBF) is a dialogue body created for the STI program. It constitutes a unique forum where representatives across the entire Swiss economic, political, and scientific spectrum with wide-ranging business and economic expertise address the most challenging economic, environmental and social issues of the 21 st century. The forum keeps a particular focus on the impact that companies have to contribute to accomplishing the 17 SDG and the Agenda 2030.
The EBF will be dedicated to building and developing multi-stakeholder action plans on diverse topics, such as sustainable packaging, mobility, public procurement, biodiversity, and trade.
Economic and Business Forum Executive Committee Members
Adèle Thorens Goumaz
Member of the Swiss Council
of States, State Council
Adèle Thorens Goumaz is a Swiss politician. She has been a member of the Swiss Council of States since December 2019. Previously, she served in the National Council of Switzerland from 2007 to 2019. She is committed to ensuring that Switzerland becomes a leader in the sustainable management of resources and the green economy. She considers that Switzerland has everything to succeed because innovation and responsibility are part of its culture.
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Vice Chairman of Roche and member of the Board of Trustees of WEF
André Hoffmann is a businessman, environmentalist, and philanthropist, and a passionate advocate for business as a force for good. André is Vice Chairman of Roche Holding AG, the family business. He also sits on the Board of SystemIQ, the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum, and the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. André Hoffmann also has a distinguished career in nature conservation and sustainability. He is the President of the MAVA Foundation, and of Fondation Tour du Valat in Camargue France. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Hoffmann Global Institute in Business and Society at INSEAD.
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Delegate of the Federal Council for the 2030 Agenda, DEZA / DFAE
Jacques Ducrest has been Deputy Head of the Sectoral Foreign Policies Division since 1 September 2017 and oversees a cross-disciplinary approach to current challenges. In this capacity, he was appointed Delegate of the Federal Council for the 2030 Agenda. He holds the belief that sustainability today is undisputed. He is actively working towards mobilizing momentum to achieve the Agenda 2030.
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Founder & Executive Director,
B Lab Switzerland
Governance and social innovation expert, Jonathan Normand spent 12 years in the management of operational risk in an international structure before creating his own advisory firm Codethic in 2009. He has been in charge of promoting the B Corp movement in Switzerland since 2014 and is involved in the national sustainability ecosystem by being on the Board of several associations
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UN SDG Lab
Nadia Isler is the Director of the SDG Lab at the United Nations Office at Geneva. She started her career with Médecins Sans Frontières and the Swiss Red Cross before joining the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. She then joined the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs where she served as a Swiss diplomat for over 10 years. As the head of the SDG Lab, the core of her work lies in developing strategic partnerships that accelerate the achieving the SDGs.
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Melissa Kneubühler is one of the Co-Founders and Innovation Coordinators of the Sustainable Business Lab at the Innovationspark Zentralschweiz. The Innovation Park Central Switzerland is based on the philosophy of open innovation and works in the field of Building Excellence aiming at creating a built environment worth living in.
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President, Zürcher Handelskammer
Karin Lenzlinger is an experienced leader and CEO, as well as Member or President of different boards either associations or SME companies such as SV Group or the Chamber of Commerce of Zurich, Economiesuisse and Übermorgen ventures AG. Respectfulness, curiosity, and responsibility have always been the guidelines in all the ventures of her career. Having also had the chance to gain experience in different countries she now intends to help foster actions of sustainability and social responsibility in Swiss entrepreneurship, also as an investor.
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Chief Sustainability Officer, Firmenich
Bérangère Magarinos-Ruchat is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Firmenich. She was elected Head of Sustainability of the Year 2015 by Ethical Corporation and in 2017 was recognized by the World Business Council on Sustainable Development's (WBCSD) Leading Women Award distinguishing women leaders advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Bérangère Magarinos-Ruchat dedicates her free time to coach young women to support them in their career development.
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Co-Director Engagement Programs, B Lab Switzerland
Josephine Herzig is the Co-Director of Engagement at B Lab Switzerland, the Swiss branch of a global NPO which seeks to build a community of people using business as a force for good. She is particularly passionate about leveraging the potential of business to drive the Sustainable Development Goals and further "One Planet" thinking, and as such co-leads the Swiss Triple Impact.
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Menu and More AG
Markus Daniel is the Managing Director of the SME Menu and More AG, a catering partner for lunchtime meals for children in schools and nurseries. Markus Daniel started his professional career at the Lucerne School of Hotel Management as a qualified hotelier/restaurateur and has an EMBA from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences and Arts. He was employed by Culinarium AG, Compass Group (Switzerland), and Swiss Re Guest Services before he became deputy director of TAVERO AG and then joined Menu and More.
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Ruth Blumer Lahner
Dr. Ruth E. Blumer Lahner is the Head Regulatory Affairs, Sustainability & SHEQ of the Kolb Group and President of the UN Global Compact Network Switzerland & Liechtenstein. She has a longstanding experience in managing sustainability issues in industrial companies such as Sulzer.
Head of Regulatory Affairs,
Sustainability and SHEQ, Kolb Group
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