Rivella, a carbonated drink made using milk whey, is one of Switzerland’s most recognizable brands. Despite enjoying popularity here and in the Netherlands, the beverage has not quite created the desired fizz in foreign markets. In our Newsmaker interview, Rivella CEO Erland Brügger tells us about the success of the bubbly drink and the company's dreams to expand both its product palette and market reach abroad.
Inspiring, informing and connecting women is the goal of Women's Expo Switzerland. In tonight's Newsmaker, Lisa Chuma, the energetic lady behind the event, lets Ana Maria Montero in on what makes her tick.
Switzerland and Australia have a "warm, close and productive relationship", says Lynette Wood, the Australian Ambassador. She wants to grow a contemporary relationship, especially when it comes to science, innovation and start-ups. Australia promotes free-trade and believes the Geneva-based World Trade Organization needs to be strengthened.
The global electronics market is a brutal one, as attests Guerrino de Luca, the current chairman of the Swiss computer provider, Logitech. In our Newsmaker interview with Ana Maria Montero, de Luca speaks openly about lessons learned, the importance of teamwork, the future of E-sports, and their dominance in China.
He's been part of the motor industry since the 1960's, now as he enters a third term in office as head of the FIA, Jean Todt sits down with Hannah Wise to explain why road safety is so important to him, why technology is a game changer in racing and why he is so passionate about an initiative to encourage more women into motor sport.
Aviation – together with shipping – was left out of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. But a year later, the aviation industry agreed to accept self-imposed measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Martina Fuchs talks to Michael Gill, executive director the Air Transport Action Group, whose members include sector stakeholders, about what those measures have amounted to.
As the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights opens on Friday in Geneva, Martina Fuchs speaks to its director, Isabelle Gattiker. As a co-founder of the festival, Gattiker describes the event as a "hopeful" one, where participants are agents of change as they interact with activists and actors. The festival's 16th edition will include Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal, and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.
Elhadj As Sy, the secretary general of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, says there was no excuse for abuses committed within international humanitarian groups. CNNMoney Switzerland's Martina Fuchs asks him about millions of dollars of donations that went missing during the organization's relief efforts in West Africa in response to the Ebola epidemic and in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.
Switzerland remains the world's largest offshore banking center, so it's hardly surprising that Tiger 21, an exclusive membership network for the wealthy, is gaining in popularity here. In our Newsmaker interview, the chairman of Tiger 21, Eric Sarasin, tells us more about the organization.
An upward trend in orders and sales is providing a welcome boost for the Swiss mechanical and electrical engineering industries. Swissmem, which represents those sectors, saw new orders rise by 7.5% in 2017 and exports go up by 5.5%. Nearly half of the companies that consititute these industries, however, reported unsatisfactory earnings. Swissmem president Hans Hess explains the state of the industry to CNNMoney Switzerland’s Amanda Kayne.
Mukhisa Kituyi, the secretary general of UNCTAD tells Martina Fuchs that responsible leadership is the basis of modern economies. The head of the Geneva-based trade organization also says that commodities booms "often enhance vulnerabilities" in developing countries. He also talks about his organization's sustainable stock exchange initiative, which the Swiss stock exhange has not yet adhered to.
The red carpets are being rolled out and the stage is set for the 88th Geneva International Motor Show which opens in March. Manufacturers and car enthusiasts from around the globe will descend on the Swiss city for a feast of motoring, ranging from performance cars to concept and hybrid vehicles. The show’s director Maurice Turrettini has been speaking to CNNMoney Switzerland’s Amanda Kayne on how the show adapts each year to reflect industry trends such as electric and hybrid cars, and how it continues to be among the top five most popular motoring shows in the world.
Pat Burgener came fifth in the men’s snowboarding halfpipe competition at the Winter Olympic games. But coming home without a medal isn’t a problem for the young Swiss athlete. In fact, his positive outlook for the future is pushing him forward as he chases not one but two of his dreams.
As CEO of Ikea Switzerland, Simona Scarpaleggia practices what she preaches. Having closed the pay and gender gaps at her company, she challenges other managers to do the same, calling it a win-win for both business and morale. She also urges women to be open about their ambitions and unafraid to be changemakers.
Switzerland has never been a cheap destination. But according to the new director of Swiss Tourism, Martin Nydegger, an upswing in tourism in 2017 was due to a weakening of the Swiss Franc and the targeting of new markets, including China.
Bill Browder, CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, tells CNNMoney Switzerland that he asked for the recusal of the Swiss prosecutor responsible for alleged money laundering in the Magnitsky case. He says the dismissal of an agent involved in the Swiss investigation after an unauthorized visit to Moscow in December 2016 has raised concerns of outside interference in the probe. Asked for a response, the Swiss Federal Prosecutor told CNNMoney Switzerland that the investigation was ongoing, while the Federal Criminal Court said it does not share information on open cases.
His work is on a vast scale. Light artist, Gerry Hofstetter, uses powerful lights and intricate technology to project a message or story onto the likes of buildings and landscapes. He let's us in on the detailed process behind his latest work to take the Swiss brand on a grand light tour of America, and where he get's the inspiration for his work.
Kate Gilmore, the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations in Geneva talks to Martina Fuchs about her offices relations with its biggest contributor, the United States. As an longtime advocate for women's rights, Gilmore speaks also about measures required to fight sexual harassment around the world and within the United Nations. She also makes it clear that businesses need to be held accountable towards their employees, clients and investors. Switzerland she added could do more to improve its track record, including towards corporate responsibility. She also gave her impressions of the United Nations Human Rights Council, representing "the good, the bad and the ugly".
Multi-billionaire Bernie Ecclestone who lives in Switzerland sits down with Hannah Wise for a candid interview about the future of motorsport, Brexit, doing business in Switzerland and why at 87 years old, he is a man of few words.
The world is warming up at an alarming rate. We know this. Yet we don't know how to stop it. "Even politicians feel helpless," says Graeme Maxton, Secretary General at Club of Rome - the organisation fighting for the future of humanity. In dialogue with CNNMoney Switzerland's Amanda Kayne, Mr Maxton explains why one effective way to save our planet is to ban the production of the waste we discard.
After the slump of recent years, Switzerland’s 400 year-old watchmaking industry is making something of a comeback. Whilst last year’s export numbers are still a far cry from the double digits of just a decade ago, optimism prevails. One of those optimists is François-Henry Bennahmias, CEO of the famous Swiss watch brand Audemars Piguet. In the first part of this Newsmaker interview he tells CNNMoney Switzerland’s Ana Maria Montero that the company’s success is down to staying true to their brand.
His watches adorn the wrists of some of the world’s wealthiest people, but the man overseeing the making of the famous Audemars Piguet brand confesses his heart is really on Broadway. Francois-Henry Bennahmias has been speaking to CNNMoney Switzerland about his unlikely entry into the watch-making industry, and on a more personal level, how musicals he enjoyed as a child continue to inspire him. In the second part of his Newsmaker interview, he gives his thoughts on the long-term future of the watch industry.