Switzerland has to be “tough” with the EU, argues Antoine Hubert Switzerland has to be “tough” with the EU, argues Antoine Hubert Switzerland has to be “tough” with the EU, argues Antoine Hubert
Antoine Hubert is the CEO of Aevis Victoria, Switzerland’s second largest owner of private clinics. Although he recognizes that cross-border workers are essential to his business, he says he doesn’t lose sleep over tensions building between Bern and Brussels regarding the free movement of people.
Frédéric Lelièvre
Marcegaglia: China must change if it wants to do business with Europe
Emma Marcegaglia says that Europe’s relationship with China is less “romantic” and more pragmatic these days. Although she disagrees with the U.S. approach in initiating a trade war, the chairman of Eni says that China needs to be “strongly pushed” to allow easier access to its market and fair bilateral trade relations.
Frédéric Lelièvre
Marcegaglia’s message to Switzerland and EU: Italy is still strong
Italian steel magnate Emma Marcegaglia, chairman of Eni, says that while Italy’s economic growth has weakened, the EU’s third-largest economy still packs a punch and should be taken seriously. She also emphasizes that the country’s issues are not exclusive, adding “Europe as a whole has work to do.”
Martina Fuchs
Stefan Catsicas places bets on a world beyond meat
Stefan Catsicas, CEO of Lausanne-based Skyviews Life Science, has put his weight behind the new food revolution of meat alternatives offered by companies such as Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods. But he says the next radical shift in eating is still just around the corner.
Martina Fuchs
Skyviews CEO Catsicas: access to EU is of “paramount importance”
Earlier this month, Switzerland said it was not ready to sign the European Union framework deal, as it wants several of the proposed deal’s points clarified. The CEO of Skyviews Life Science and former Nestlé CTO, Stefan Catsicas, tells us why this puts the future of students and scientists at risk.
Ana Maria Montero
Art Basel has lowered booth pricing, so will others follow suit?
Art Basel’s Global Director Marc Spiegler is adjusting to the ever-changing art world by continuing to expand the brand both globally and digitally. But perhaps most notably, the art fair has overhauled the pricing system in time for its 2019 edition, which kicks off this week.
Martina Fuchs
European banks have lost narrative on purpose of banking, says DBS
Piyush Gupta, CEO of DBS Group, says banks that don’t evolve and “disrupt themselves” by providing a very different customer experience won’t survive. The Singaporean banker lays out the digital future for the rapidly-changing industry and talks about how his bank competes with its Swiss counterparts for the coveted growing Asian market.
Martina Fuchs
DBS Bank CEO sends a warning about “stratospheric valuations”
Since the financial crisis, economists and analysts have been wary of signs that another one could be on the way. Piyush Gupta, the CEO of Singapore-based DBS Group, points out what he sees as “unknown risks” and talks about the one thing he has in common with UBS CEO Sergio Ermotti.
Hannah Wise
“We could not have started Actelion or Idorsia outside of Switzerland”
Biotech entrepreneurs Martine and Jean-Paul Clozel explain why they are lucky to work in Switzerland and why, even though they have created two successful start-ups, they are still risk averse.
Hannah Wise
Andrea Pfeifer’s advice for Swiss start-ups? Include the U.S. sooner
Andrea Pfeifer, CEO of AC Immune, is on a quest to find breakthrough therapies for Alzheimer’s disease. While Asian countries have shown a commitment to invest, she says that getting financing in Switzerland was “very difficult.” Her advice for Swiss start-ups is to include the U.S. much sooner.
Hannah Wise
Ian Bremmer: It’s “unfair” to say that Switzerland is populist
From the U.S. to Europe, populism has continued its rise on the back of anger about globalization. While Switzerland is home to one of Europe’s more successful populist parties, the Swiss People’s Party, political scientist Ian Bremmer argues that Switzerland is not actually populist, but rather some politicians play populism into an angry nativist movement.
Martina Fuchs
Can we stay young forever?
Being forever young has long been a dream for many. Now there are new ways to slow down the aging process. Switzerland is jumping on the trend, with a growing hub of science and economic activity around staying young. Harvard Medical School's David Sinclair says the "fountain of youth pill" could soon become a reality.
Martina Fuchs
Rönnlund: “People are actually completely wrong about the world”
Anna Rosling Rönnlund, founder of Swedish “fact tank” Gapminder, has worked for over 20 years to help people better understand the world. The biggest issue, she says, is not just widespread ignorance, but, rather, people’s “ignorance about their ignorance.” Rönnlund talks about the dangerous implications of making uninformed decisions, and about how countries like Switzerland can help promote a fact-based world.
Ana Maria Montero
The acquisition of Red Hat is a “big move for IBM”
While the likes of Apple and Google steal the spotlight, some forget that IBM, which has been around for 107 years, provides the “infrastructure of the world,” according to executive vice president John Kelly. And as the company enters the final phase of its acquisition of Red Hat for USD 34 billion, Kelly says it will establish IBM as the “definitive leader” of the cloud.
Ana Maria Montero
Disruptive IBM tech now matching cancer patients to clinical trials
Can artificial intelligence save lives? IBM’s award-winning AI platform Watson is being called a game-changer for its potential impact on every industry—and on the health care sector in particular. John Kelly, who leads IBM Research, says Watson has doubled the number of women getting into cancer clinical trials at the Mayo Clinic by matching their medical history and diagnosis, something he says humans simply could not achieve.

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