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Conference Opening

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Topic: Leading Digital Transformation
Date: Wednesday, 15 June 2022
Time: 5.30 – 7.30 pm
Venue: Theater Winterthur, Theaterstrasse 6, 8400 Winterthur
Chaired by: Prof. Reto Steiner, EURAM 2022 Conference Chair


The EURAM 2022 Opening Event focused on the topic of "Leading Digital Transformation" and the question of how business and society can address the challenges of digitization. Highlights included keynote speeches by Ignazio Cassis (President of the Swiss Confederation), Silvia Steiner (Government Councillor, Zurich Cantonal Council), Karin Schwab (Vice President at eBay), David Shrier (Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Innovation), and Laura Meyer (CEO of the Hotelplan Group).


Ignazio Cassis (President of the Swiss Confederation)

As President of the Swiss Confederation for 2022, Ignazio Cassis is the highest-ranking Swiss politician and one of seven Federal Councillors in the Swiss government. He heads the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

Silva Steiner (Government Councillor, Zurich Cantonal Council)

Silvia Steiner is a Government Councillor in the Zurich Cantonal Council and Head of the Canton of Zurich Department of Education. Prior to this, Dr. Steiner acted as a public prosecutor and head of the Zug Criminal Investigation Department.

David Shrier (Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Innovation, American Futurist and Entrepreneur)

David Shrier is a globally recognized futurist and growth catalyst. He is a Professor of Practice (Artificial Intelligence and Innovation) with Imperial College Business School in London and a founding faculty member of Imperial's Centre for Digital Transformation. Furthermore, Shrier also advises companies and governments on digital transformation and innovation.

Karin Schwab (Vice President at eBay, Deputy General Counsel of Product, Technology, Payments & Advertising)

Karin Schwab is Vice President at eBay. With her vast experience in electronic marketplaces and e-commerce, she is a successful leader in the male-dominated tech sector. 

Laura Meyer (CEO of the Hotelplan Group Switzerland)

Laura Meyer is the CEO of Hotelplan, a leading Swiss travel corporation. As former Head of Digital Distribution & Analytics at Swiss banking giant UBS, she knows exactly how important digital transformation is.

Stefan Metzger (Managing Director, Digitalswitzerland)

Stefan Metzger is the Managing Director of Digitalswitzerland, a foundation that aims to develop Switzerland into the leading digital innovation location. He is an expert with many years of experience in digital transformation and previously worked for companies such as Cognizant, a leading provider of IT consulting services.