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Intellectual Property - A challenge for Industry and Culture

Leadership Meetings

Monday, 18 November 2019
5:30 - 10:00 pm, Zurich

A panel discussion on innovation, creativity and copyright

Art and industry alike need creativity to maintain their stance and develop further in their respective fields. Both are highly valuable assets which require protection. However, globalisation and digital technologies mean that cloning, imitating or even making one-to-one copies of ideas and solutions are all too prevalent. And in turn, questions of intangible values and intellectual property are being raised more and more alongside the issue of material value added. It is high time for such challenges to be the subject of a broad debate, to give due priority not only to the prevailing law, but also the creative originators.




Melanie Winiger, actor. Melanie Winiger is a Swiss film actor, presenter, model and brand ambassador. Winiger’s film debut was in “Ready, Steady, Charlie!” (“Achtung, fertig, Charlie!”) in the role of recruit Michelle Bluntschi. She also made her mark in the German scene in the years 2015 to 2018. November 2018 saw the cinema release of Barbara Miller’s international documentary film “#Female Pleasure”, supported by Melanie Winiger as Executive Producer.


Dr. Karen Jane Huebscher, Member of the Executive Board SMG, CEO Solvias AG. Dr. Karen Jane Huebscher has been CEO of Solvias since spring 2014. Under her leadership Solvias is underpinning its focus on customer needs, its commitment to technological and know-how leadership, and a drive towards further international expansion. Prior to serving as CEO, Karen was a non-executive Board member of Solvias AG from 2013 to 2014. She spent more than 15 years with Novartis in senior leadership positions. Karen is a member of the Board of Directors of the Tecan Group. She holds a PhD from the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich and an MBA from the IMD in Lausanne.


Peter Stamm, writer. Peter Stamm studied English. psychology and psychopathology for a number of semesters and has pursued various careers in Paris, New York and elsewhere. He lives in Switzerland. He has been working as a freelance author since 1990. He has written more than a dozen radio plays. His debut novel “Agnes” (1998) has been followed by six further novels, five collections of short stories and a volume of plays, most recently the novels “Weit über das Land” (“Far across the land”) and “Die sanfte Gleichgültigkeit der Welt” (“The gentle indifference of the world”) as well as a collection of his Bamberg poetry readings under the title “Die Vertreibung aus dem Paradies” (“Expulsion from Paradise”). “Die sanfte Gleichgültigkeit der Welt” was awarded the Swiss Book Prize in 2018. His Christmas story “Marcia aus Vermont” (“Marcia from Vermont”) appears in October 2019. ©Portrait: Sophie Kandaouroff


Sarah Kreienbühl, Member of the Board, Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund. Sarah Kreienbuhl studied applied psychology at the University of Zurich and started her professional career in the Pilot Selection department of Swissair. This was followed by positions of increasing responsibility in Executive Search and Human Resources Management. From 2004 onwards she served at Sonova (formerly Phonak) as the Board member with global responsibility for HRM, adding the role of Head of Corporate Communication, Corporate Branding and Sustainability as of 2012. A concern also dear to her heart was her operational responsibility for the not-for-profit Sonova foundation “Hear the World Foundation”. In January 2018, Sarah Kreienbühl moved to the Official Board of the Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund, where she has taken over the role of Head of the HRM, Communication, Culture and Leisure Department.



Karin Salm, presenter. Karin Salm, arts editor with Radio SRF 2 for many years, is a freelance journalist and presenter. She has hosted conferences and panel discussions for institutions including: ETH Zurich, Forum Architektur Winterthur, Swiss Heritage Society, Bundesamt für Wohnungswesen, Swiss Alpine Museum Bern, Migros Culture Percentage, Amt für Kultur St.Gallen. She likes best to engage with the diversity of topics contained in art and culture policy, architecture and landscape architecture.



Jürg Halter, writer and performance artist. Jürg Halter is a writer and performance artist. He is one of the most famous Swiss authors of his generation and among the pioneers of the new German-language Spoken Word Movement. Studied fine arts at the Bern University of the Arts. Performs regularly all over Europe, in the USA, Africa, Russia, South America and Japan. Numerous book and CD publications, theatrical works. The autumn of 2018 saw the publication of “Erwachen im 21. Jahrhundert” (“Awakening in the 21st century”), Halter’s highly-regarded debut novel, which Jean Ziegler called: «An absolutely fascinating book.» Elke Heidenreich said of it: «That is great art.» ©Portrait: Rob Lewis, 2019





Omri Ziegele, President Suisseculture, and Catrin Wetzel, General Manager SMG  


With Dr. Karen Huebscher, CEO Solvias,
Sarah Kreienbühl, Member of the Board, Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund,
Peter Stamm, writer, and Melanie Winiger, actor
Moderation: Karin Salm
Artistic Intervention: Jürg Halter


Intervention with Etrit Hasler, Spoken-Word-Poet,
Sandra Künzi, Spoken-Word-Poetin, and
Heinrich Gartentor, Action artist




Suisseculture is the umbrella association of the organisations for professional arts and media professionals in Switzerland and Swiss copyright associations. As an umbrella association, Suisseculture is mainly committed to the national and superordinate interests of its member associations and organisations. The goal of Suisseculture is to promote the conceptual, economic and social interests of the originators of works protected by copyright and of the artists who interpret them.

Registration and fee

The number of participants is limited. Registrations will be considered in consideration of sector representation.

Fee per person: CHF 255. A confirmation of registration and invoice will follow.

Kindly note that the registrations are 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 without a stand-in and no-shows.

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

Host and event organiser

Bernhard Theater
Sechseläutenplatz 1
8001 Zürich

Event organiser
Schweizerische Management Gesellschaft
Zeltweg 48, 8032 Zürich

Kasernenstrasse 23, 8004 Zürich

How to get there

Event location
Bernhard Theater
Sechseläutenplatz 1
8001 Zürich

Arriving by public transport
From Zurich main station (SBB): The best way to get to the Bernhard Theater is by public transport: By tram no. 2 or 4 to the “Opernhaus” stop, by tram no. 8, 11 or 15 to the “Stadelhofen” stop, by tram no. 5 or 9 to the “Bellevue” stop or by the S-Bahn city train from the main station to Stadelhofen Station.

Arriving by car
You can park a vehicle in the Parkhaus Opéra multi-storey car park near the Bernhard Theater and reach the Opera House’s Box Office directly through a connecting passageway

How to get there.



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