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.
swissnex San Francisco’s new digital initiative hosted by our CEO, Gioia Deucher, continues with female explorers in the fields of science and food: Anne Cocquyt, Founder & CEO at the GUILD, and Andrea Staudacher, Founder & CEO of FutureFoodLab and FutureDeathLab.
This event is taking place online. Register via Zoom to get our swissnex Fireside Chat: Imagining New Realities 004 Zoom link.
08:00am — Introduction by Gioia Deucher, CEO swissnex San Francisco
08:05am — Discussion with Anne Cocquyt, Founder & CEO at the GUILD, and Andrea Staudacher, Founder & CEO of FutureFoodLab and FutureDeathLab
08:35am — Q&A
08:45am — Conclusion
05:00pm — Introduction by Gioia Deucher, CEO swissnex San Francisco
05:05pm — Discussion with Anne Cocquyt, Founder & CEO at the GUILD, and Andrea Staudacher, Founder & CEO of FutureFoodLab and FutureDeathLab
05:35pm — Q&A
05:45pm — 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.
Andrea Staudacher, born in Bern in 1988, completed a Master in Field of Excellence Event at the Zurich University of the Arts after completing a bachelor’s degree in visual communication at the Bern University of the Arts. Since 2016, she can be seen on the show “Andrea’s Future Food Lab” on Swiss radio and television. In the same year she founded Future Food Lab GmbH, which offers insect dinners and catering, as well as workshops and lectures on the subjects of nutrition and morality, shifting values and innovation. Andrea lives in Switzerland’s capital Bern with her family.
Anne Cocquyt, originally from Stuttgart, Germany, is a serial entrepreneur and super connector in Silicon Valley. After building partnerships for Genentech’s innovation team, she founded her own startups, and serves as an advisor to tech startups, angel investors, funds and corporate innovators. She advised and judged Stanford’s StartX acceleration program, RockHealth, Startup Health, French startup hubs, angel groups and mentors at the German American Accelerator, Singularity University, and University of San Francisco. Anne advises a cancer care coordination startup, a change catalyst think tank and a STEM media company. She launched and raised funding for startups in a wide variety of industries from art to consumer products and technology and exited a startup in 2015. She is the founder of the GUILD (letsguild.com), the first AI-driven community engagement platform for entrepreneurs and leaders.The GUILD launched the first global entrepreneurship program focused on changing the odds for female entrepreneurs by connecting them to entrepreneurs, world experts and their community of 20,000 entrepreneurs, investors and innovators (letsguildacademy.com).