Dr.-Ing. Heike Hanagarth

Mechanical engineer, Member of the Management Boards of Deutsche Bahn AG and DB Mobility Logistics AG for technology and environment. Previously head of the
engine plant in Munich of BMW Group, a member of the Management Board of IFA ROTORION-Holding GmbH  and Managing Director of Rotorion Group.

Mikhail Shishkin

One of the most prominent Russian authors of our time („Maidenhair“, „Letter Book“), and the only holder of all the major Russian literature awards: the Russian Booker Prize (2000), The National Bestseller Prize (2006) and The Big Book Prize (2006, 2011). He unites Russian and European literary traditions and regularly expresses his opinion on the political relationship between Russia and Europe. He has lived in Switzerland since 1995.

Dr. Kalpana Bandecar

Cardiologist and Ayurveda specialist, who develops practical solutions to integrate Ayurvedic therapies into everyday modern life and provides impetus for a new, sustainable health awareness in our knowledge-based society..

Dr. Gunter Festel

Chemist and economist. Founder and CEO of Festel Capital and Founding Angels, co-founder of the Start-up Research Group at ETH Zurich, teaching assignment at National University Singapore. Before leadership positions with Arthur D. Little in Zurich, with McKinsey and Bayer AG.

Jutta Steinruck

Member of the European Parliament, Speaker for labour market policy for the Progressive Alliance of the Social Democrats, member of the committee for Employment and Social Affairs. She was previously a Member of the state parliament of Rhineland Palatinate. On of her particular areas of interest is issue of employment opportunities for young people in Europe.