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56th SMG Forum

SMG Forum

Thursday, 19 September 2019
10.00 - 18.00
AURA event location, Zurich

We live in an increasingly technological world – does it leave room for instinct and intuition?

Never in history have we had easier and wider access to information than we have today. Data of unknown scope and abundance lies at our disposal and technological developments open up countless possibilities for its analysis. But can we actually find our way around this rising tide of facts and forecasts? Isn't it becoming more and more difficult to distinguish relevant content from trivia and identify the meaningful principles on which important decisions are based?

Albert Einstein said: «The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.»

The pure reason that guides us to potentially optimum decisions probably lies in the interaction of these two gifts, combined with today's new technological opportunities. However, in our sophisticated world, shouldn't we also depend more on our instinct, our intuition or, colloquially speaking, our «gut feeling»? Or would we be better to fade it out and hand over to the algorithms? Are we still capable of accepting or comprehending this «gut feeling» and will that capacity remain to us in the future?

Isn't it our instinct that differentiates us from artificial intelligence, that gives humans (for the time being, at least) their distinguishing feature and makes the crucial, promising difference compared to purely fact-based thought and action?

These are just a few of the questions that famous people from Switzerland and abroad will answer at the 56th SMG Forum.

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Already announced speakers

Nicoletta della Valle

Nicoletta della Valle, Director of the Federal Office of Police (fedpol). Nicoletta della Valle has been the Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Police since 2014. Global, networked, digital: crime reflects our society. To fight crime, she relies on national and international cooperation. Her everyday tasks include hearings in parliamentary commissions, budget discussions and IT projects on everything from combatting terrorism, cybercrime, money laundering and human trafficking to administrative prosecutions in the case of PostAuto. Her career began in the public sector: after obtaining a law degree from the University of Bern in 1989, she held leading positions at the Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forests and Landscape (SAEFL), the finance department of the City of Bern, the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) and University Psychiatric Services (UPD) in Bern.

Carsten Koerl

Carsten Koerl, CEO Sportradar. Carsten Koerl is the founder and CEO of Sportradar. Since founding the corporate group in 2001, he has been responsible for strategically managing all aspects of Sportradar's business and successfully steered its growth from a technology-oriented start-up to a globally leading provider of sports data and audiovisual content. Prior to founding Sportradar, he spent more than 15 years in managerial positions at a variety of companies in the software development and sports betting industry. Amongst other things, he founded bwin (formerly betandwin), a company he subsequently floated. To this day, this is one of the most successful initial public offerings ever on the Vienna Stock Exchange. Carsten has a Master's degree in Electronics and Microprocessor Technology from Constance University of Applied Sciences (Germany).

Jinlong Wang

Jinlong Wang, Managing Director Hony Capital and Group Chairman & CEO PizzaExpress. Jinlong Wang is the Managing Director / Operating Partner at Hony Capital and the Group Chairman and CEO of PizzaExpress. Before this, he held a number of leading positions at Starbucks, including Senior Vice President of Starbucks Corp., President of Starbucks Asia Pacific and Chairman of Starbucks China. In this function, he played a decisive role in Starbucks' extremely successful market development and the creation of a coffee culture in a traditionally tea-drinking country. His career began as a government employee at the Chinese Ministry for Economic Relations & Foreign Trade. Jinlong Wang gained a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Trade from the University of International Business & Economics in Beijing in 1982, before completing a Juris Doctor at Columbia University in 1988.

Registration and fee

Early registration is recommended. Because of space restrictions, the number of participants is limited. Registrations are accepted in the order in which they are received. Registration is binding. A representative from the company management may attend if the original registrant is unable to attend at short notice. We are obliged to invoice in the event of cancellations and in case of no-shows.

Please note that pictures taken by our photographer may be displayed in SMG publications and on the SMG website.

Member’s fee to cover cost:
early booking discount until 10 June 2019 CHF 590.- / CHF 650.- from 11 June 2019

Company members can register any number of participants from their executive board at the member rate.

Early booking discount until 10 June 2019 CHF 720.- / CHF 790.- from 11 June 2019

The fee covers the refreshments served during breaks as well as the drinks reception in the evening.

Optional lunch
11:30 to 13:00
Price: CHF 90.-
The price includes a three-course menu and beverages. Because of space restrictions, the number of participants is limited.

Confirmation of registration and invoice will follow within a few days.



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