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Thursday, November 26, 2020

CEIBS Insights | The 6th Europe Forum. Switzerland

Sino-Swiss Innovative Cooperation


The pandemic as a “black swan” event has accelerated the restructuring of the global economic landscape and jolted the world into a new round of changes. Digital transformation and industrial upgrade have not only triggered intense international competition, but have also raised higher bars for the innovation of technologies and business models. Known as the country of innovation, Switzerland has enjoyed first-mover advantages in multiple fields, including life sciences, mechanical manufacturing and FMCG, and hosts a wealth of innovative “hidden champions”. At the same time, China has begun to flex its muscles in emerging high-tech areas such as artificial intelligence and big data and boasts a vast consumer market as the country shifts its strategy from “Made in China” to “Intelligent Manufacturing in China”. Meanwhile, traditional Chinese enterprises are seeking to innovate with business models and integrate online and offline channels, so as to break down barriers facing conventional sectors like manufacturing and consumer durables. While Switzerland is recognised as the cradle of high-end manufacturing, its traditional industries are also confronted with the challenge of breaking new ground as they move forward.

So, how should China and Switzerland collaborate in the commercial application of innovative technological achievements and market sharing? As the consumer-based internet gathers momentum, how can the two countries work to identify the key to the development of the industry-oriented internet? And, how should innovative Swiss SMEs seize opportunities to tap into the Chinese market?

Event Details

Date: Thursday, November 26, 2020
Time: 11:00am-12:45pm (CET)
Venue: Online (event link to be shared via email prior to event)
Language: English and Chinese (with simultaneous translation)
Contact: For more information, please contact Coco Li at lcoco@ceibs.edu.

Please note, this event will be pre-recorded and streamed online according to the schedule below.


Introduction and Welcome Address


Dr. Robert STRAW
CEO, CEIBS Zurich Campus

Prof. WANG Hong
President, CEIBS

Keynote Speech I


Amb. Jean-Jacques DE DARDEL
Former Swiss Ambassador to China
President, Swiss Centers

Keynote Speech II


Prof. CHEN Weiru
Associated Professor of Strategy, CEIBS

Keynote Speech III


Mr. Bernie STEFAN
Vice President, Nestlé Zone Asia -Oceania -Africa

Panel Discussion


Mr. Markus Herrmann CHEN
Director and Managing Director Switzerland, Sinolytics


  • Prof. Chen Weiru
  • Mr. Jean-Jacques de Dardel
  • Mr. Bernie Stefan