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58. SMG Forum

SMG Forum

Wednesday, November 16, 2022
11.30 am - 8.00 pm,
AURA Event-Location, Zürich

In einer Welt der grossen Herausforderungen vielseitigster Natur, einer Welt, die sich nicht mehr in der gleichen Ordnung präsentieren wird wie noch zu Beginn dieses Jahres, kann der Alleingang nicht mehr die Lösung sein. Weder als Individuum oder Unternehmen, noch als Organisation oder Nation.

Welche neuen Denkweisen und Formen des Zusammengehens braucht es an diesem vielleicht historischen Wendepunkt?

Brave new world. Wie sieht die neue Weltordnung aus und wie können wir sie zum Wohle der Weltgemeinschaft gestalten?

Wissen schafft Fortschritt. Wie schaffen wir es mit Unterstützung der Wissenschaft, Innovationen für einen nachhaltigen Planeten tatsächlich erfolgreich auf den Markt zu bringen?

Metaverse – new universe? Wie nutzen wir völlig neue Technologien und Ansätze für das Wohl der Gesellschaft?

Experience drain or gain? Wie stellen wir einen gegenseitig befruchtenden Generationenwechsel sicher?

Doing business. Sind unsere Geschäftsmodelle noch adäquat oder gehören sie ins Antiquariat?

Das sind einige der Themen, die wir gerne am 58. SMG Forum adressieren und mit spannenden Experten aus dem In- und Ausland diskutieren möchten.



Dr. Florence Gaub, futurist and experienced security and IR expert.

«Foresight without collaboration is like looking through a window onto a street - it might be a great angle but doesn't guarantee you the full picture.»

Dr. Gaub, a dual French-German citizen, is both, a futurist and an experienced security and IR expert, currently working as Foresight advisor at the European Council. In May 2022 she concluded her tenure as Deputy Director of the European Union Institute for Security Studies taken up in 2018 and founded futurate institute, a knowledge platform dedicated to all things future. Her career has taken her from conflict and war in the Middle East and North Africa to institutional change and geopolitical shifts. In 2019, she penned the 'Global Trends to 2030' report for the European Union's foresight network. In her work, she focuses on long-term trends, challenges and opportunities, and how to future proof societies for them. Previously employed at NATO Defence College, she holds a PhD from Humboldt University of Berlin, as well as degrees from Sciences Po Paris, the Sorbonne and the University of Munich.


Dr. Detlef Trefzger, CEO, from August 2013 to July 2022.

«Together / Miteinander klingt zunächst immer richtig und gut. (In der Unternehmens-Praxis wird dieser Ansatz wenig gelebt.) Voraussetzungen sind Respekt und Vertrauen. Miteinander lässt sich deutlich mehr erreichen als Alleine oder gar Gegeneinander. Nur Mut, Vertrauen sind vorab zu gewähren.»

As CEO of Kuehne+Nagel International AG Detlef Trefzger has shaped the Group’s strategic direction. Thanks to his leadership during the pandemic, Kuehne+Nagel has gained global recognition for its expertise in vaccine logistics and data-driven supply chain management. Before assuming the role as CEO of Kuehne+Nagel, Detlef joined the Management Board of Kuehne+Nagel International AG as Head of Contract Logistics (from 2013 to 2015).
 In earlier roles, he was Member of the Executive Board for Global Contract Logistics / Supply Chain Management at Schenker AG, Essen (between 2004 and 2012) and held the position of Executive Vice President Global Air Freight and Ocean Freight (in 2012); before, he was Member of the Board and CFO of the Region South East, at Schenker & Co AG, Vienna (from 1999 to 2003). At Roland Berger & Partner, he was the Principal in the Competence Center Transportation & Logistics (from 1994 and 1998). Detlef started his career as Project Manager in the Industrial & Building Systems Group at Siemens AG (1989 to 1993). After studies in Muenster, Kingston upon Hull, and Vienna, Detlef has been awarded a PhD in Business Management by the Vienna University of Economics and Business.


Benedikt Loepfe, Director, Elektrizitätswerk der Stadt Zürich (ewz).

«Der Umbau des Energiesystems gelingt, wenn die fähigsten und motiviertesten Köpfe zusammenarbeiten.»

Prior to his appointment as Director in 2020, Benedikt Loepfe had held various positions at the company since 2014. For five years he headed the Networks division and subsequently the Energy division, and from 2015 he was also Deputy Director of ewz. Before that, he worked for various technology companies in Switzerland and abroad. From 2011 to 2014, he was Managing Director of CW Drive Technologie (Switzerland) and CW 3d-Radar (Norway), having previously spent 10 years managing various divisions of Belimo. After studying electrical engineering at ETH Zurich, he began his career in development and sales at ABB. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Swissgrid and a Member of the Board of the Association of Swiss Electricity Companies VSE.

Jinlong Wang

Prof. Dr. Annalisa Manera, Professor of Nuclear Systems and Multiphase at ETH Zurich.

«As we have learned from recent events, a stable energy supply is of fundamental importance for the well-being of our society. We need all solutions we have. My hope is that TOGETHER we can find a feasible, science-based path forward, free from dogmas and ideologies.»

Dr. Manera is Professor of Nuclear Systems and Multiphase Flows at ETH Zurich. Since July 2021 she is on a leave of absence from the University of Michigan, where she has been Professor in the Nuclear Engineering Department for the last 10 years. At the University of Michigan she has established a research and teaching program in nuclear systems thermal-hydraulics and is the co-director of the Experimental and Computational Multiphase Flow Laboratory (ECMF) and the High Resolution Imaging Lab. Her research group focuses on high-resolution experimental techniques and CFD-based high-fidelity multiphysics simulations of nuclear systems. She holds a M.Sc. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Pisa (110/110 summa cum laude) and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the Delft University of Technology.

Hans Hess

Hans Hess, Chairman of the Board, Synhelion SA.

«Viele der heutigen Herausforderungen können wir wegen ihrer Komplexität nicht mehr allein lösen. Doch mit guter Vernetzung und enger Zusammenarbeit werden wir das schaffen - sei es als Personen, als Firmen, als Gesellschaft oder als Staaten.»

Hans Hess is an accomplished entrepreneur, manager, investor, and engineer. Over the course of his career, he has been chairman and board member of several industrial companies and Swiss organizations, such as Swissmem, economiesuisse, and the ETH Board. He was CEO of Leica Geosystems AG, which he successfully listed at the Swiss Stock Exchange SIX. In 2006, Hans Hess founded his own company, Hanesco AG, which provides international management services and invests in Swiss companies. Hans Hess holds a Master Degree in Material Science from ETH in Zürich and a Master Degree in Business Administration from University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Monika Rühl

Monika Rühl, Chairwoman of the Executive Board economiesuisse.

«In Krisenzeiten gilt erst recht: Die Welt braucht Kollaboration statt Konfrontation. Setzen wir auf das Gemeinsame und die Zusammenarbeit!»

Monika Rühl has been Chairman of the Executive Committee of economiesuisse since 1 September 2014. Following a degree in Romance languages at the University of Zurich, Monika Rühl successfully trained as a diplomat in Bern, Brussels and Geneva. Following posts in the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), she was the personal assistant to Federal Councillor Joseph Deiss and subsequently head of the Bilateral Economic Relations Division in the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) with the title of Ambassador and a member of the Executive Committee. In 2008, she was appointed Federal Council Delegate for Trade Agreements. From 2011 to 2014 she led the General Secretariat of the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER).


Maurice Dierick, Head of Market, Swissgrid.

«Kollaboration ist ein Schlüsselelement, um mit Innovationskraft Grosses zu erreichen, denn «Alleine sind wir ein Tropfen Wasser, gemeinsam ein Ozean.»»

Maurice Dierick is a mechanical engineer, who started his professional career in 1991 with E. I. Du Pont de Nemours S.A. in France. He then moved to General Electric Plastics in Germany. Between 1998 and 2004, he supervised various projects in di erent businesses within the scope of the liberalisation of the energy market. From 2001 on, after the completion of the rst phase of unbundling, he focused his attention on the structuring of asset management organisation, rst for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young in the Netherlands and as of 2004 as a consultant to various energy supply companies in Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland and Australia. In Switzerland, he was also involved in the market liberalisation in 2008. Maurice Dierick joined Swissgrid in February 2015. Since June 2016 he has been a member of the Executive Board, initially as Head of Grid and since January 2019 as Head of Market.


11.00 am

Arrival of registered lunch participants (ground floor)

11.30 am

Optional lunch at restaurant AURA

12.30 pm

Arrival of the Forum participants (at the event hall foyer, first floor)

1.00 pm



3.20 pm

Networking Break

4.20 pm


6.20 pm

Conclusion and Apéro riche

8.00 pm

End of the event

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Im Kostenbeitrag enthalten sind die Pausenverpflegung sowie der Apéro riche am Abend.

Fakultativer Lunch 11.30 bis 13.00 Uhr Preis: CHF 95.- Ein 3-Gang-Menü und Getränke sind im Preis eingeschlossen. Die Teilnehmerzahl ist aus Platzgründen beschränkt.

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