Martina Fuchs @martinafuchscnn | 7 September 2018

How creative is Switzerland?

How creative is Switzerland?  How creative is Switzerland?  How creative is Switzerland?
The Weizmann Institute of Science is a university based in Israel that has strong ties with Switzerland. Speaking to Hannah Wise, President Daniel Zajfman discusses the Swiss approach to creativity and how it’s based on precision.
Hannah Wise
Pension funds eye crypto investments
With Switzerland’s aging population and the ever-increasing pressure on pension funds, our Newsmaker explores the potential for crypto investments. Willi Thurnherr, the CEO of Aon Hewitt Switzerland, tells Hannah Wise that pensions are far from boring.
Hannah Wise
Swiss chocolate maker: “We want to stay independent”
Chocolatier Camille Bloch is a third-generation family business—and the only family-run chocolate company in Switzerland. Hannah Wise sits down with CEO Daniel Bloch to discuss the pressures of succession.
Hannah Wise
Avaloq chairman: Get ready for Formula V
Avaloq founder Francisco Fernandez is chasing down his dreams of owning a B2C business by launching Formula V, a virtual form of Formula-level driving. Here he tells us more about his plan and why he likes to create companies.
Hannah Wise
Sensing Success: Sensirion CEO looks back on landmark year
It’s been one of the most successful IPOs in the world so far this year. But Sensirion CEO Marc von Waldkirch says he’s glad it’s over. Hannah Wise caught up with him to find out what’s next for the Swiss company and for the CEO who says his door is always open.
Martina Fuchs
WHO head of public health: Why air pollution is the “new tobacco”
Wealthy countries like Switzerland have shown that they can develop economically “without polluting [their] environment,” says Maria Neira, WHO’s head of public health. Like smoking, people needed to know about the health risks of breathing air that isn’t clean, argues Neira.
Olivia Chang
Liechtenstein bank sees big rise in blockchain clients from Switzerland
The former PM of Liechtenstein Mario Frick thinks Swiss banks will start doing business with blockchain firms by second half of 2019. Currently, these types of companies struggle to open bank accounts. Bank Frick is already offering these services and has seen a huge rise in blockchain clients.
Ana Maria Montero
What can banks do to promote more female executives?
At UBS, 25 percent of managers are female, according to Stefan Seiler, group head human resources. If that sounds low, it’s still above average in Switzerland. Seiler says that while UBS is working to raise that number the problem lies within Swiss culture, making it a difficult challenge. Part 2 of our special series with Universum.
Martina Fuchs
Why management fees should “go south,” according to IFM CEO
Given the low interest rates, changing fiscal policy, and confusing geopolitical landscape, “it’s the toughest time in 30 years” for funds, says Brett Himbury, the CEO of Industry Funds Management. With uncertain times ahead, he says the focus should be on returns, not on high management fees.
Ana Maria Montero
What does it take to put on a show for 20,000 people?
Creating a show for thousands is no small feat, especially one like the Fête des Vignerons, which comes around once a generation. But Daniele Finzi Pasca, co-founder of Compagnia Finzi Pasca, has put on shows for the likes of Cirque du Soleil and the Olympics so he knows a thing or two about it.
Martina Fuchs
Switzerland Travel Centre expects Chinese tourists will double in next 2-3 years
Switzerland Travel Centre, the country’s largest tour operator, projects that within the next three years the share of tourists coming from China will increase to 20 percent. In an exclusive interview with CNNMoney Switzerland, CEO Michael Maeder says, “We are getting 10 percent of the share from China this year, but we do expect it to grow.”
Hannah Wise
How does Switzerland stack up when it comes to science?
Diversity is a major asset when it comes to science and medicine in Switzerland, says Francis-Luc Perret, director of the ISREC Foundation, which supports experimental cancer research. The former EPFL professor says it furthers “new ideas, new concepts and new paradigms,” which he says has worked to the country’s advantage.
Ana Maria Montero
Does your job make you jump out of bed in the morning?
A new survey shows 41 percent of employees are looking to change jobs in the next year. Jean-Christophe Deslarzes, ABB’s chief HR officer, says the key to keeping employees is to remain diverse and provide them with the experiences they’re looking for, in part one of our special series with Universum.
Martina Fuchs
“The world’s most important living economist” on combating inequality
Bill Clinton once called Hernando de Soto “the world’s most important living economist.” De Soto argues that the biggest problem facing inequality is the lack of property rights in developing nations. He says giving the poor property titles could unleash $168 trillion in “dead capital.”
Martina Fuchs
What the Swiss can do to help stop global warming
A day after the U.N. issued its starkest warning yet of the risks of global warming, Martina Fuchs sits down with Petteri Taalas, secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organization, which contributed to the report. He says that every country, Switzerland included, needs to do more.

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