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2019 Speakers

ANKIT SINGHAL   ANKIT IS A 15 YEAR OLD STUDENT AT THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL BASEL AND HAS LIVED IN SWITZERLAND FOR 6 YEARS. IN HIS FREE TIME HE PLAYS BASKETBALL COMPETITIVELY AND TRAINS IN MARTIAL ARTS.HE IS AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN MODEL UNITED NATIONS AND LOVES TO CONSIDER AND DEBATE DIFFICULT QUESTIONS RELATING TO POLITICS.

ANKIT SINGHAL

ANKIT IS A 15 YEAR OLD STUDENT AT THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL BASEL AND HAS LIVED IN SWITZERLAND FOR 6 YEARS. IN HIS FREE TIME HE PLAYS BASKETBALL COMPETITIVELY AND TRAINS IN MARTIAL ARTS.HE IS AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN MODEL UNITED NATIONS AND LOVES TO CONSIDER AND DEBATE DIFFICULT QUESTIONS RELATING TO POLITICS.

AUGUST DE LOS REYES   AUGUST WORKS AS DESIGN DIRECTOR AT GOOGLE WHERE HE LEADS A TEAM DEDICATED TO HARNESSING TECHNOLOGIES IN THE SERVICE OF HUMAN WELL-BEING. PRIOR TO GOOGLE, AUGUST LED DESIGN AT PINTEREST AND AT XBOX FOR MICROSOFT.

AUGUST DE LOS REYES

AUGUST WORKS AS DESIGN DIRECTOR AT GOOGLE WHERE HE LEADS A TEAM DEDICATED TO HARNESSING TECHNOLOGIES IN THE SERVICE OF HUMAN WELL-BEING. PRIOR TO GOOGLE, AUGUST LED DESIGN AT PINTEREST AND AT XBOX FOR MICROSOFT.

BARBARA KRIEGER   BARBARA IS AN INDEPENDENT JOURNALIST AND VIDEO PRODUCER AND HAS WORKED AS A NATIONAL BROADCASTER IN SWITZERLAND. HER LIFE AND PROFESSIONAL PROJECTS REPEATEDLY LED HER TO ENCOUNTERS WITH DEATH. THESE EXPERIENCES HAVE CONVINCED HER OF THE IMPORTANCE OF DRAWING A ROAD MAP OF OUR DIGITAL, PHYSICAL, SPIRITUAL, AND CULTURAL HERITAGES FOR THOSE LEFT BEHIND. BARBARA LOVES TRUE STORIES OF PEOPLE, LIFE AND NATURE.

BARBARA KRIEGER

BARBARA IS AN INDEPENDENT JOURNALIST AND VIDEO PRODUCER AND HAS WORKED AS A NATIONAL BROADCASTER IN SWITZERLAND. HER LIFE AND PROFESSIONAL PROJECTS REPEATEDLY LED HER TO ENCOUNTERS WITH DEATH. THESE EXPERIENCES HAVE CONVINCED HER OF THE IMPORTANCE OF DRAWING A ROAD MAP OF OUR DIGITAL, PHYSICAL, SPIRITUAL, AND CULTURAL HERITAGES FOR THOSE LEFT BEHIND.
BARBARA LOVES TRUE STORIES OF PEOPLE, LIFE AND NATURE.

INES VON MÜHLENEN   INES WAS BORN IN BRAZIL AND STUDIED MEDICINE IN RIO DE JANEIRO AND IN BERN. SHE IS A PHYSICIAN SPECIALIsED IN INTERNAL MEDICINE, RHEUMATOLOGY AND PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION. IN HER PRACTICE IN BASEL, SHE COMBINES HER PASSION FOR TREATING PATIENTS WITH HER PASSION FOR THE SCIENCES. WORKING ON RESEARCH IN IMMUNOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY FOR SOME YEARS BEFORE PRACTICING MEDICINE OPENED HER MIND TO THE FACT THAT WE ARE STILL FAR AWAY OF UNDERSTANDING ALL RULES OF NATURE.

INES VON MÜHLENEN

INES WAS BORN IN BRAZIL AND STUDIED MEDICINE IN RIO DE JANEIRO AND IN BERN. SHE IS A PHYSICIAN SPECIALIsED IN INTERNAL MEDICINE, RHEUMATOLOGY AND PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION.
IN HER PRACTICE IN BASEL, SHE COMBINES HER PASSION FOR TREATING PATIENTS WITH HER PASSION FOR THE SCIENCES. WORKING ON RESEARCH IN IMMUNOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY FOR SOME YEARS BEFORE PRACTICING MEDICINE OPENED HER MIND TO THE FACT THAT WE ARE STILL FAR AWAY OF UNDERSTANDING ALL RULES OF NATURE.

FELIX RUDOLF VON ROHR   FELIX HAS SPENT 40 YEARS WORKING LOCALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY IN BANKING AND COMMUNICATIONS. HE WAS ALSO AN ACTIVE POLITICIAN. HE HAS WORKED IN NUMEROUS COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS THAT INCLUDE MUSEUMS, HOSPITALS, MEDIA, VOLUNTEER WORK, ENVIRONMENT AND NATURE, AND TRADITIONAL CARE. ONE OF HIS MANY PASSIONS IS HIS LOVE OF THE THREE-COUNTRY REGION WHERE FRANCE, GERMANY, AND SWITZERLAND MEET AROUND BASEL. FELIX LOVES PEOPLE, MAINLY HIS FAMILY AND HIS FIVE GRANDCHILDREN.

FELIX RUDOLF VON ROHR

FELIX HAS SPENT 40 YEARS WORKING LOCALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY IN BANKING AND COMMUNICATIONS. HE WAS ALSO AN ACTIVE POLITICIAN. HE HAS WORKED IN NUMEROUS COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS THAT INCLUDE MUSEUMS, HOSPITALS, MEDIA, VOLUNTEER WORK, ENVIRONMENT AND NATURE, AND TRADITIONAL CARE. ONE OF HIS MANY PASSIONS IS HIS LOVE OF THE THREE-COUNTRY REGION WHERE FRANCE, GERMANY, AND SWITZERLAND MEET AROUND BASEL. FELIX LOVES PEOPLE, MAINLY HIS FAMILY AND HIS FIVE GRANDCHILDREN.

GREGOR ECKHARD   GREGOR IS CEO OF MULTIMATERIAL-WELDING, A COMPANY DEVELOPING A TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM FOR JOINING LIGHTWEIGHT MATERIAL AND MULTI-MATERIAL DESIGNS. PRIOR TO THIS, HE STUDIED AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING AND WORKED FIVE YEARS FOR MCKINSEY & COMPANY ON TECHNOLOGY AND STRATEGY TOPICS WITH AUTOMOTIVE CLIENTS. HIS PASSION IS NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND CREATING A FUTURE OF SUSTAINABLE AND CONVENIENT TRANSPORTATION. IN HIS SPARE TIME HE LOVES READING AND PURSUING HIS FASCINATION FOR FOOTBALL.

GREGOR ECKHARD

GREGOR IS CEO OF MULTIMATERIAL-WELDING, A COMPANY DEVELOPING A TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM FOR JOINING LIGHTWEIGHT MATERIAL AND MULTI-MATERIAL DESIGNS. PRIOR TO THIS, HE STUDIED AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING AND WORKED FIVE YEARS FOR MCKINSEY & COMPANY ON TECHNOLOGY AND STRATEGY TOPICS WITH AUTOMOTIVE CLIENTS. HIS PASSION IS NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND CREATING A FUTURE OF SUSTAINABLE AND CONVENIENT TRANSPORTATION. IN HIS SPARE TIME HE LOVES READING AND PURSUING HIS FASCINATION FOR FOOTBALL.

LOS TROS FLAMINGOS   WELCOME TO THE ZOO. IF BASEL‘S MUSIC SCENE WERE AN EGG, WE WOULD BE THE YOLK. SINCE THE BASEL MUSIC SCENE IS NOT AN EGG, WE ARE THE FLAMINGOS. HOWEVER THAT IS JUST A NAME THAT STANDS FOR FUNKY GROOVES, JAZZY FUNK AND A BLUESY MOOD. ONE, TWO, THREE, APPLE TREE, LET’S GO LOS TROS FLAMINGOS!

LOS TROS FLAMINGOS

WELCOME TO THE ZOO. IF BASEL‘S MUSIC SCENE WERE AN EGG, WE WOULD BE THE YOLK. SINCE THE BASEL MUSIC SCENE IS NOT AN EGG, WE ARE THE FLAMINGOS. HOWEVER THAT IS JUST A NAME THAT STANDS FOR FUNKY GROOVES, JAZZY FUNK AND A BLUESY MOOD. ONE, TWO, THREE, APPLE TREE, LET’S GO LOS TROS FLAMINGOS!

MARTIN VOSSELER   MARTIN IS CO-FOUNDER OF THE ORGANISATION PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, AN ORGANIZATION THAT ADVOCATES FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY. AFTER GIVING UP HIS MEDICAL PRACTICE IN 1995, MARTIN BEGAN TRAVELING AROUND THE WORLD FULL-TIME TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR THE BENEFITS OF RENEWABLE ENERGY. IN 2007, MARTIN MADE HISTORY BY COMPLETING THE FIRST TRANSATLANTIC CROSSING IN A SOLAR-POWERED BOAT.

MARTIN VOSSELER

MARTIN IS CO-FOUNDER OF THE ORGANISATION PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, AN ORGANIZATION THAT ADVOCATES FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY. AFTER GIVING UP HIS MEDICAL PRACTICE IN 1995, MARTIN BEGAN TRAVELING AROUND THE WORLD FULL-TIME TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR THE BENEFITS OF RENEWABLE ENERGY. IN 2007, MARTIN MADE HISTORY BY COMPLETING THE FIRST TRANSATLANTIC CROSSING IN A SOLAR-POWERED BOAT.

NICOLAS THOMÄ   NICOLAS IS A SENIOR SCIENTIST AT THE FRIEDRICH MIESCHER INSTITUTE IN BASEL. NICO WAS TRAINED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE IN BIOCHEMISTRY AND CAME TO BASEL IN 2006 AFTER COMPLETING POSTDOCTORAL WORK AT MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING CANCER CENTER IN NEW YORK. HE WORKS TO UNDERSTAND HOW DNA IS READ-OUT AND REPAIRED. WHEN HE IS NOT THINKING ABOUT MOLECULES, NICOLAS ENJOYS EXPLORING THE WORLD WITH HIS FAMILY.

NICOLAS THOMÄ

NICOLAS IS A SENIOR SCIENTIST AT THE FRIEDRICH MIESCHER INSTITUTE IN BASEL. NICO WAS TRAINED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE IN BIOCHEMISTRY AND CAME TO BASEL IN 2006 AFTER COMPLETING POSTDOCTORAL WORK AT MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING CANCER CENTER IN NEW YORK. HE WORKS TO UNDERSTAND HOW DNA IS READ-OUT AND REPAIRED. WHEN HE IS NOT THINKING ABOUT MOLECULES, NICOLAS ENJOYS EXPLORING THE WORLD WITH HIS FAMILY.

NATACHA CATALINO   LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT, MOTHER OF FOUR, WIFE, AND GLOBAL NOMAD, NATACHA HAS SPENT THE PAST TEN YEARS SEEKING HER VERSION OF “HAVING IT ALL.” PROFESSIONALLY, NATACHA IS AN ECONOMIST BY TRAINING, AND HAS WORKED FOR MCKINSEY FOR MORE THAN 13 YEARS, FOCUSING ON HELPING OTHERS TO BE AT THEIR BEST THROUGH LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND CULTURE TRANSFORMATION. AT HOME, NATACHA HAS FOUR DAUGHTERS WHO HAVE LIVED AS GLOBAL CITIZENS, IN ENGLAND, SWITZERLAND, CHINA AND TURKEY. AS PART OF A DUAL-CAREER COUPLE, SHE HAS VARIED HER WORK/HOME BALANCE FROM 0% TO 100%, CURRENTLY WORKING 52.5%. TO HOLD IT ALL TOGETHER, SHE LOVES YOGA, MEDITATION, TENNIS, AND LONG WALKS.

NATACHA CATALINO

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT, MOTHER OF FOUR, WIFE, AND GLOBAL NOMAD, NATACHA HAS SPENT THE PAST TEN YEARS SEEKING HER VERSION OF “HAVING IT ALL.” PROFESSIONALLY, NATACHA IS AN ECONOMIST BY TRAINING, AND HAS WORKED FOR MCKINSEY FOR MORE THAN 13 YEARS, FOCUSING ON HELPING OTHERS TO BE AT THEIR BEST THROUGH LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND CULTURE TRANSFORMATION. AT HOME, NATACHA HAS FOUR DAUGHTERS WHO HAVE LIVED AS GLOBAL CITIZENS, IN ENGLAND, SWITZERLAND, CHINA AND TURKEY. AS PART OF A DUAL-CAREER COUPLE, SHE HAS VARIED HER WORK/HOME BALANCE FROM 0% TO 100%, CURRENTLY WORKING 52.5%. TO HOLD IT ALL TOGETHER, SHE LOVES YOGA, MEDITATION, TENNIS, AND LONG WALKS.

KABIR NARASIMHAN   KABIR IS 11 YEARS OLD AND WAS BORN IN BOSTON WHERE HE LIVED FOR 6 YEARS BEFORE MOVING TO BASEL. HE ENJOYS TRAVELING AND HAS VISITED 34 COUNTRIES ACROSS FOUR CONTINENTS WITH HIS FAMILY. HE LOVES PHOTOGRAPHY AND HAS PHOTOGRAPHED MANY ENDANGERED SPECIES. HE ENJOYS PLAYING PIANO AND GUITAR, AND ALSO PLAYS BASKETBALL AND SOCCER COMPETITIVELY.

KABIR NARASIMHAN

KABIR IS 11 YEARS OLD AND WAS BORN IN BOSTON WHERE HE LIVED FOR 6 YEARS BEFORE MOVING TO BASEL. HE ENJOYS TRAVELING AND HAS VISITED 34 COUNTRIES ACROSS FOUR CONTINENTS WITH HIS FAMILY. HE LOVES PHOTOGRAPHY AND HAS PHOTOGRAPHED MANY ENDANGERED SPECIES. HE ENJOYS PLAYING PIANO AND GUITAR, AND ALSO PLAYS BASKETBALL AND SOCCER COMPETITIVELY.

TANJA GRANDITS   TANJA IS THE HEAD CHEF AND OWNER OF THE MICHELIN-STARRED RESTAURANT STUCKI IN BASEL. HER WORK IS ALL ABOUT THE PASSION FOR AND LOVE OF GOOD FOOD. TANJA DEVELOPED A UNIQUE STYLE OF COOKING CENTERED AROUND COLOURS, SPICES, AND A LOT OF JOY. SHE RUNS A SHOP WITH HER OWN PRODUCTS, IS A COOKBOOK AUTHOR, AND WRITES A WEEKLY COLUMN. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN HER LIFE IS HER THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER.

TANJA GRANDITS

TANJA IS THE HEAD CHEF AND OWNER OF THE MICHELIN-STARRED RESTAURANT STUCKI IN BASEL.
HER WORK IS ALL ABOUT THE PASSION FOR AND LOVE OF GOOD FOOD. TANJA DEVELOPED A UNIQUE STYLE OF COOKING CENTERED AROUND COLOURS, SPICES, AND A LOT OF JOY. SHE RUNS A SHOP WITH HER OWN PRODUCTS, IS A COOKBOOK AUTHOR, AND WRITES A WEEKLY COLUMN. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN HER LIFE IS HER THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER.