Speakers

A few of our speakers announced!

Alba Carbonell
Born in Valencia, Spain, Alba finished her dance studies at the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza de Riba-Roja del Turia. In 2011, she decided to experience the challenges of the international dance world and applied for a place with Ballet Basel. Ever since, she has been a permanent member of Ballet Basel, where she is now a soloist.

Klopfenstein

André Klopfenstein
A trained mechanical engineer, software engineer and entrepreneur, André leads a team of professional inventors. André is a managing partner at the Swiss “Innovation Factory” Creaholic SA, where he has been a part of since 1992. He believes “innovation” is an easy word to say; but that truly effective, reliable and lasting innovation requires multidisciplinary talent.

“If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together” - African proverb

Florence Sigenthaler

Florence Siegenthaler
Florence is the Communications and Media Manager at the Cooperation for Social Economy. She is passionate about Basel and sharing Basel’s alternative currency. She studied Geography, English Literature and Cultural Studies in Basel and later pursued her Masters degree in Sociolinguistics and Sustainable Development in Bern.

"They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." - Edgar Allan Poe

Georg Keller

Georg Keller
Georg studied physics at the ETH in Zurich. Soon after finishing his studies, he was drawn to questions of neuroscience. He obtained his Ph.D. focusing on how songbirds listen to themselves sing. After a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology in Munich, he became a research group leader at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel. For the most part, his lab studies address how the brain processes sensory input and how expectations shape perception.

“Wouldn’t it be a shame if we drove our planet to economic ruin simply for a lack of recipes” – George Church

Georg Keller

Manar Kerdy
Manar is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Basel majoring in prehistoric Archaeology. Manar grew up in the city of Aleppo, Syria where at an early age, was captivated by cultural heritage sites. He has witnessed from afar the destruction of his homeland and various national treasures.

“If we can change our thoughts from ‘it's too late’ to, ‘there’s still hope’, we might see some change in the world” - Kellie Elmore