The Newsmaker

Who makes the news today or who will be making it tomorrow? Whoever it is, we want them in our Newsmaker show! In a long format interview we give our guest time to talk about their work but also their personality. We want to know what drives them, what the secret of their success is or how they became what they are.
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Amanda Kayne
The godfather of Swiss startups
Stuntman turned entrepreneur Ariel Luedi likes a challenge or two. In conversation with CNNMoney Switzerland's Amanda Kayne, he explains how he supports and grows Swiss startups with potential. He also shares his defining moment of coming into mega-wealth and why his success is down to guts, naivety and a bit of luck.
Paula Dupraz-Dobias
WIPO chief sees trade tensions a result of competition in technology
Growing trade tensions between the United States and China are due to increased competition in technology, according to Francis Gurry, director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization, or WIPO. He explains that for the first time in history, applications for intellectual property from the East are overtaking those filled by countries in the West. In an interview with Martina Fuchs, he discusses challenges to IP and how data rights will require solid regulation. He also answers questions pertaining to earlier allegations of abuse of power.
Martina Fuchs
Switzerland plays an important role in space exploration
Claude Nicollier may have been the first Swiss man in space, but he is remarkably down to earth, despite his many outstanding achievements. Our Newsmaker talks to Martina Fuchs about a rewarding career that's allowed him to combine his passions of aviation and astronomy. The space business, he tells us, continues to rocket in popularity, and Switzerland plays a big part in it. He begins by telling us how he became an astronaut.
Ana Maria Montero
BlueOrchard's Peter Fanconi on the future of impact investing and fighting poverty on a global scale
Peter Fanconi travels between two worlds: He is the chairman of both BlueOrchard, a company that specializes in impact investing, and of the Graubundner Kantonalbank. In an interview with CNNMoney Switzerland, he talks about his career as a banker and the challenges of impact investing.
Ana Maria Montero
Fostering tech in emerging markets, one start-up at a time
As co-founder and CEO of Seedstars World, Alisée de Tonnac is on a mission to foster tech in emerging markets and make Switzerland a hub for impact investments. In tonight’s Newsmaker, she tells Ana Maria Montero more about this long-term vision.
Martina Fuchs
Manal al-Sharif gets behind the wheel of Saudi reforms
Change is coming fast in Saudi Arabia. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has kicked off several major reforms since unveiling his Vision 2030 plan in 2016, which includes everything from introducing public concerts to lifting bans on cinemas. This June, the conservative kingdom's long-standing ban on women driving will be lifted. Martina Fuchs speaks to women's rights activist and author Manal al-Sharif about her fight for emancipation and whether or not the reform plans are on track.
Hannah Wise
"There is no military solution to the crisis in Syria," says former MI6 Chief
In a rare interview, the former Chief of MI6, Sir John Scarlett, tells CNNMoney Switzerland that there is no clear solution to the conflict in Syria. He sat down with Hannah Wise this week to discuss the current global political strategies at play and how business here in Switzerland can be affected by these global dynamics.
Hannah Wise
Ernst Hafen: Our personal data should only be under our own control
We are in the very first stages of the digital and data society, argues Ernst Hafen, co-founder and president of Midata. "It's a bit like when people had a Commodore 64 computer and no one knew exactly what to do with it, but 30 years later we have smartphones." The former president of ETH hopes that individuals will keep control of their personal data, especially medical data. The Switzerland-based Midata is the open solution he proposes to achieve that goal.
Hannah Wise
There's light at the end of the tunnel on the U.S.-Swiss tax dispute, says Edward McMullen Jr., the U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland
In his first extensive TV interview, the newly-appointed U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein says the Swiss banks have cleaned up their act. He's confident that the dispute between some financial institutions and the United States linked to tax evasion of American-related accounts held in Swiss banks will be settled soon. "What has happened in the past is behind us," McMullen says.
Amanda Kayne
"Constructive tensions" in E.U.-Swiss negotiations, says State Secretary Roberto Balzaretti
Roberto Balzaretti, State Secretary and head of the Directorate for European Affairs (DEA), gives his first interview since being appointed on February 1. As negotiations on a framework agreement between the European Union and Switzerland are taking place, he tells CNNMoney Switzerland “a specific relationship” between the two powers “should be possible.” However, he recalls the reality of the trade relationship: "For us it’s vital; for the EU it’s a very important one." Balzaretti also discusses Brexit, foreign judges, stock market equivalence, and the role SMEs could play in the discussion.
Paula Dupraz-Dobias
Multiculturalism inevitable with migration, says IOM chief
Continued international migration is inevitable and will lead to greater multiculturalism, says Ambassador William Lacy Swing, director general of the International Organization for Migration. The former US ambassador and head of UN peacekeeping operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo tells CNNMoney Switzerland's Martina Fuchs that the public often fails to recognize the economic contributions of migrants to the global economy. Erroneous stereotypes need to be overcome through education and the dissemination of accurate data, the outgoing chief of the Geneva-based organization affirms.
Ana Maria Montero
Inside the mind of a Swiss wingsuit flyer
Who wouldn't jump at the chance of swapping their day job for that of a professional snowboarder in Verbier? Our newsmaker did just that. Géraldine Fasnacht is a world-renowned Swiss base jumper, wingsuit pilot, and snowboard freerider. She talks to Ana Maria Montero about how she has carved out a life that allows her to live and play professionally in the mountains. We begin by seeing her jump...and learn about the wingsuit that allows her to live her dream.
Ana Maria Montero
Martin Tillman and his superhuman talent
Swiss cellist and film composer Martin Tillman has released a new album: “Superhuman” is inspired by the extraordinary strength of people like his wife, who is battling multiple sclerosis. But as he told Ana Maria Montero in tonight's Newsmaker, it's also just about creating the kind of music that he loves – with the help of his favorite instrument.
Ana Maria Montero
Kathrin Altwegg : "I'm sure there's life out there"
Kathrin Altwegg is a solid-state physicist and the retired director of the Center for Space and Habitability at the University of Bern. Her life's work is now the study of data collected during the Rosetta Mission, which she was part of with the Rosina Project. In the Newsmaker, she talks about the risks and challenges of balancing commercial and scientific interests in the new space race.
Ana Maria Montero
Bright future for domestic digital transformation, predicts EY Switzerland CEO
"I think Switzerland is well positioned to come out of the fourth industrial revolution as one of the leading geographies," says Marcel Stalder, CEO of consulting giant EY Switzerland. Although other countries have started earlier, he predicts that Switzerland could finish at the head of the race.

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