Now more than ever, the future of work is in question and we are left wondering how will it look not only tomorrow, but also in 10 years and beyond. Vitra and swissnex SF are partnering to explore this question and rethink our own workplace environments with a monthly digital conversation on this topic. Hosted by Vitra’s Future of Work Trendscout Raphael Gielgen, the events will feature a cast of multi-disciplinary guests. These immersive and interactive discussions will offer ideas and alternative thinking on concepts that Raphael has built his career pioneering.
For the second event of our series, Raphael will be joined by San Francisco based Swiss Designer, Claude Zellweger. Claude is the Director of Design at Google, and focuses in sustainability.
09:00am — Introduction by Gioia Deucher, CEO swissnex SF
09:05am — Discussion with Raphael Gielgen, Trendscout Future of Work at Vitra, and Claude Zellweger, Director of Design at Google
09:25am — Q&A
09:50am — Conclusion
06:00pm — Introduction by Gioia Deucher, CEO swissnex SF
06:05pm — Discussion with Raphael Gielgen, Trendscout Future of Work at Vitra, and Claude Zellweger, Director of Design at Google
06:25pm — Q&A
06:50pm — Conclusion
Gioia Deucher is the CEO of swissnex San Francisco. Gioia’s professional journey has taken her to various countries, from Colombia and Switzerland to the U.S. and Palestine, and most recently Brazil. Starting her post-university career in microfinance and sustainable investing working for small and large investment firms, Gioia has dedicated the last decade to fostering cross-continental collaborations with a view to inspire and strengthen Switzerland’s innovation ecosystem. Before setting out to build the first Latin American swissnex office Brazil in 2013, she headed the Startup and Innovation team at swissnex in San Francisco, where she returned to as CEO, in July of 2017. A curated innovation platform hosting 40+ startups, designers, scientists and corporates, swissnex’s Bay Area office acts as a convener for thought-provoking conversations on how technology and innovation shape our world, and fosters international connections and collaboration for meaningful action. Gioia holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute (IUHEID) in Geneva, Switzerland, and a second Master’s in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School in Medford/Boston, USA, and has completed continuing education courses in Design Thinking and Venture Capital. She acts as the President of the cancer survivor storytelling platform MySurvivalStory and is an advisory board member of DART Labs.
Raphael Gielgen has spent most of his professional life working on making the office environment a better place. Even some of his own colleagues think he’s a little crazy. His irrepressible curiosity, his restless quest for explanations, and his delight at upending everything can occasionally make him an uncomfortable companion. When he appears at the office after returning from a long trip, he recounts things that sound more like a virtual utopia than a reality that has been experienced. He visits over one hundred companies in a single year; the world is his workplace, the future his area of research. His work informs Vitra´s approach to improving the quality of offices and public spaces through the power of design by serving the varied Vitra team with the results of his observations and cognitions by trend clusters, market analysis and business cases.
Claude is an industrial designer and leads Immersive Design at Google, where he is responsible for the VR/AR space and future hardware categories. He joined in 2016 and since helped launch the Daydream View as well as shape of upcoming AI driven hardware. Previously Claude held a position as VP of design at HTC, where he oversaw the design of their smartphones as well as the industry defining VR system, HTC Vive. As creative director Claude played a central role in turning HTC into a brand recognized for its design. Claude joined the organization in 2008 after his design agency One & Co was acquired by HTC. Prior to that Claude was a partner at One & Co and grew the firm to become one of the Bay Area’s dominant design forces. Industry leaders like Nike, Burton, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft turned to him and his team of 30 to lead the development of their design. Claude is a regular speaker on the topics of design + innovation, VR/AR and most recently design for AI. He has given keynote talks and been on panels at TechCrunch Disrupt, World Web Forum, DLD, International Design Conference, Digital Festival. Claude’s work has appeared in numerous tech, design and fashion publications and has won 50+ international awards in the categories of consumer and industrial design. Claude also served as a juror on the ISDA awards for 2 years, in the categories of product, transportation and entertainment design. Claude was born in Switzerland and moved to California to study design at Art Center. Today he lives and works in San Francisco.