swissnex Fireside Chat: Imagining New Realities 001 [Video]

Bringing experts together to speculate what a ‘new normal’ might look like.

Photo by Myleen Hollero for swissnex San Francisco

Event Details


San Francisco
San Francisco, California United States


Wednesday, May 13, 2020
08:30am to 09:30am in San Francisco 05:30pm to 06:30pm in Switzerland


Free. RSVP below.

Work, education, economy, social life: the corona crisis is rapidly accelerating the digitization of important areas of society, and it is deeply impacting every aspect of our lives. How will this structural transformation of society play out in the long term? In a series of fireside chats, the trending informal yet structured interview discussions, swissnex SF will match two thought-leaders with diverse perspectives, from innovation, science, arts, policy or technology, to exchange ideas and insights, and speculate together what our post-COVID-19 “new normal” might look like.

This event is taking place online. Register via Eventbrite to get our swissnex Fireside Chat: Imagining New Realities 001 Zoom link.


San Francisco
08:30am — Introduction by Gioia Deucher, CEO swissnex San Francisco
08:35am — Discussion with Sophie Lamparter and Chris Luebkeman
09:05am — Q&A
09:15am — Conclusion  

05:30pm — Introduction by Gioia Deucher, CEO swissnex San Francisco
05:35pm — Discussion with Sophie Lamparter and Chris Luebkeman
06:05pm — Q&A
06:15pm — Conclusion


Gioia Deucher
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.


Sophie Lamparter
Sophie Lamparter is a connector. For the last 10 years she has been working across the world building networks and fostering collaborations in design, art, research, and technology. Sophie co-founded DART Labs, an Incubator for teams that build technologies for a more human future. DART Labs incubates and invests in early stage startups from Europe, with an emphasis on Switzerland, and helps them test and scale their ideas in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to founding DART she was Deputy CEO at swissnex San Francisco, Switzerland’s Innovation Outpost. She helped create a new hub at Pier 17 in San Francisco, led public programming and was instrumental in building US partnerships to help position several successful Swiss startups. Sophie was named one of the 100 Digital Shapers in Switzerland 2018, worked as a juror and advisor for the European Commission and spoke at events like SXSW, Ars Electronica, Lift Conference, and Gray Area.

Chris Luebkeman

Chris Luebkeman‘s interest in the built environment blossomed early, propelling him to pursue a multi-faceted education, beginning with geology, engineering and culminating in a Doctorate in Architecture from ETH in Zurich, a city to which he has recently returned. Chris gained valuable experience as the protégé of esteemed Spanish Architect, Santiago Calatrava. But, subsequently he turned to his other love, education, by accepting teaching positions at several prestigious universities. In 1999, Chris joined Arup as the Co-Director for Research and Development. A couple of years later, he formed the Foresight, Innovation and Incubation team, which has evolved to its present form as Foresight, Research and Innovation. Chris spent the majority of his time at Arup traveling the world to give keynote addresses, talks, workshops and expert interviews to a wide variety of government agencies, non-profits, corporations, schools, media outlets and industry groups. Ostensibly, Chris’ mission was to facilitate conversations about how to best embrace change and its effects on the built environment. But in so doing he acted as an indispensable emissary to the very groups whose work intersected with that of Arup, building rapport and cultivating relationships with future clients. He joined the Office of the President of the ETH in Zurich in January of 2020 to help his alma mater look at the changing context of the future.