High-Tech Summit

Join us for a day of on-stage, live presentations and demos with some of China's leading technologists, founders and investors in robotics & AI, and Industry 4.0 on key topics, and focused networking.

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High-Tech Summit

China is no longer the place where the West manufactures electronic gadgets.

"The greatest economic miracle in the history of mankind turned China
within a few decades into a high-tech nation."
- Philipp Löpfe, economic journalist,, our event panel moderator

- Dr. Jonathan Woetzel, MGI Director & Senior Partner, McKinsey Global Institute, Keynote Speaker

November 5, 2019 - Campus Rotkreuz

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Why you should attend this event

The event welcomes Chinese high-tech companies to Switzerland and brings them together with potential customers, partners, investors, and government representatives.

We also will invite Swiss technology leaders in Industry 4.0 and robotics & AI and give them a platform to co-present.

In case you are interested in robotics & A.I. and Industry 4.0 then the event is a must as there will be leading Chinese technology companies attending that will be of highest interest to meet in person as they are - or soon will be - world leaders in their field.

Also, we will have a session on the topic what is needed to enter the Chinese market. Companies who have done that already successfully will report about their experiences and challenges.


Welcome notes13:30

• Swiss ambassador to China

Laurent Wehrli, Nationalrat, President Swiss Parliament Group China-Switzerland


China and the world: Inside the dynamics of a changing relationship

Dr. Jonathan Woetzel, MGI Director & Senior Partner, McKinsey Global Institute

Robotics and AI in China14:00

Stanley Tam, General Manager, Greater China, SoftBank Robotics China

Wanqiu Hu Frey, CEO, CQSwiss

Benjamin Joffe, Partner, HAX

• UBTech Robotics

• Bytedance, Toutiao


• …

Networking Break15:30
State of Robotics & AI research, technology, applications and businesses in Switzerland16:00

Prof. Dr. Roland Siegwart, Professor - Autonomous Systems, ETH Zurich

Panel Discussions

Experiences doing business in and with China16:20

moderated by High-tech Connect suisse &
Diego Gilardoni, Executive Advisor, Speaker and Author of "Decoding China"

Johannes Müller, CEO, Dätwyler Cabling

Daniel Borel, Board of Directors & Co-founder, Logitech

Benjamin Joffe, Partner, HAX

Stanley Tam, General Manager, Greater China, SoftBank Robotics China

Networking exhibitions17:15



Dr. Jonathan Woetzel

MGI Director & Senior Partner

McKinsey Global Institute

Based in China since 1985, Dr. Jonathan Woetzel has been instrumental in building McKinsey & Company's China office. In addition to his work helping Chinese and other Asian businesses prepare for global growth, Jonathan is a director of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey's business and economics research arm. He also leads McKinsey's Cities Special Initiative and is responsible for convening McKinsey's work with city, regional, and national authorities in more than 40 geographies around the world. He is a co-chair of the non-profit think tank, the Urban China Initiative—a joint venture of Columbia University, Tsinghua University, and McKinsey—that aims to develop and implement solutions to China's urbanization challenges.

Jonathan has led numerous research efforts on global economic trends, including growth and productivity, urbanization, affordable housing, energy and sustainability, e-commerce, and the economic impact of the Internet, as well as on productivity growth and economic development in China and Asia.

Jonathan's public sector work is extensive. He has advised national governments in Asia on improving the environment for foreign investors, national energy policy, and economic development strategies. He also leads work with local government authorities, having conducted more than 60 projects throughout China to support local economic development and transformation. This includes working extensively in real estate—specifically, on commercial revitalization—and advising on energy investment strategies and energy productivity and transparency, among other topics.

Jonathan works in the private sector as well, most often on topics related to corporate strategy, operations, and organization. He has served clients in industries such as energy, metals and mining, health care, telecommunications, and transportation. He supported the largest company in China in a fundamental restructuring that led to the then-largest foreign listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

Jonathan actively participates in a number of international forums and lectures at the Guanghua School of Business and the China-Europe International Business School, and is also an honorary lecturer at Jiaotong University's Antai Business School.

Published widely in both Chinese and international publications, Jonathan has written five books on China, including Capitalist China: Strategies for a Revolutionized Economy (Wiley & Sons, 2003), Operation China: From Strategy to Execution (Harvard Business Press, 2007), and One Hour China (Towson Press, 2013). He has also coauthored, with Richard Dobbs and James Manyika, No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends (PublicAffairs, May 2015).

A US citizen, Jonathan is proficient in Mandarin, Spanish, and German.

Laurent Wehrli

Nationalrat, President Swiss Parliament Group China-Switzerland

Swiss Parliament

Prof. Dr. Roland Siegwart

Professor - Autonomous Systems

ETH Zurich

Roland Siegwart (1959) is full Professor of Autonomous Systems at ETH Zurich since July 2006 and Founding Co-Director of the Wyss Zurich. From January 2010 to December 2014, he took office as Vice President Research and Corporate Relations in the ETH Executive Board. He is member of the board of directors of various companies, including Komax and NZZ.

He received his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 1983 and his Doctoral Degree in 1989 from ETH Zurich. He brought up a spin-off company, spent ten years as professor at EPFL Lausanne (1996 – 2006) and held visiting positions at Stanford University and NASA Ames.

He is and was the coordinator of multiple European projects and co-founder of half a dozen spin-off companies. He is IEEE Fellow, recipient of the IEEE RAS Inaba Technical Award and officer of the International Federation of Robotics Research (IFRR). He is in the editorial board of multiple journals in robotics and was a general chair of several conferences in robotics including IROS 2002, AIM 2007, FSR 2007 and ISRR 2009.

Roland Siegwart's research interests are in the design and control of robot systems operating in complex and highly dynamical environments. His major goal is to find new ways to deal with uncertainties and enable the design of highly interactive and adaptive autonomous robots. Prominent application examples are personal and service robots, autonomous micro-aircrafts, walking and swimming robots and driver assistant systems. Furthermore, he is a strong promotor of innovation and entrepreneurship in Switzerland

Johannes Müller


Dätwyler Cabling

Johannes Mueller (1958, Swiss) is CEO of the privately held Dätwyler Cabling Solutions AG with headquarters in Switzerland. Since March 2018 he is also a Member of the Board of FIR Group AG in Reinach (Switzerland).

From 2004 to 2012 he was CEO of the previous Cabling Solutions Division and Member of the Executive Management of the Datwyler Group. He was previously CEO of the consulting firm Brainforce AG for 3 years. Before joining Brainforce in 2001, he ran the Cables Accessories Division of Cellpack AG for more than 4 years. From 1987 to 1996, he held various international management positions within the French Alcatel Telecom Group.

Johannes Mueller holds a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich and is a Board Member of the German-Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Board Member of ICTswitzerland.

Yu Hu


Makeblock Europe

Yu is the director of the European subsidiary of Makeblock Co., Makeblock Europe B.V. located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Yu has multiple disciplines in his education and working background, including electronic engineering, aviation, robotics, systems and control, and software engineering. He is finishing his Ph.D. at Delft University of Technology in systems and control. With Makeblock being a world leading full-stream STEAM education solutions provider, Yu’s profile fits in their philosophy, which is to help building up the next generation STEAM education, and to inspire young talents becoming the future source of innovation. Yu and his team aim to fully support their customers in Europe, so teachers, students, parents and makers can construct their dreams with Makeblock’s open-source hardware and software solutions.

Stanley Tam

General Manager, Greater China

SoftBank Robotics China

Benjamin Joffe



Benjamin is General Partner at HAX, the #1 acceleration engine for hardware startups. His experience spans 16 years in Asia (China, Japan, Korea) in various high­tech industries: telecom, Internet, mobile, gaming and hardware.

Prior to HAX, he was the founder of +8*, a strategy consultancy researching Asia­based digital innovations supporting clients such as Microsoft, Citi and Harvard Business School. He also founded Mobile Monday Beijing, a community of thousands of mobile industry professionals in China, running over 40 events.

He has lectured, judged or joined panels at the world’s leading technology events and universities in over 20 countries, including TechCrunch Disrupt, LeWeb, Pioneers, Slush, SXSW, TEDx, Stanford, Berkeley and more. Benjamin is a regular guest writer on TechCrunch, also quoted by Forbes, Bloomberg TV, CNN, WSJ, The Economist, WIRED, Quartz and more.

Benjamin’s online presentations recorded over a million viewers, covering topics from innovation ecosystems to “Lean Hardware” methodology.

Prof. Dr. Patrick Aebischer



Patrick Aebischer completed a degree in Medicine (1980) and Neuroscience (1983) at the Universities of Geneva and Friborg in Switzerland.

From 1984 to 1992, Patrick Aebischer worked at Brown University (USA) in the Department of Neuroscience and in the Department of Biomaterials and Artificial Organs as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor.

In 1992, Patrick Aebischer was appointed Professor of the Autonomous Division of Surgical Research and Center of Gene Therapy (DARC) at the Vaud University Hospital Center (CHUV) in Lausanne.

In 1999, the Federal Council appointed Patrick Aebischer as President of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL). He took up his post at the EPFL Presidency in March 2000, a position he held until 31 December 2016.

Patrick Aebischer is a member of many professional societies, both in Europe and the United States.

Patrick Aebischer founded three biotechnology start-ups. He serves on the boards of Lonza, Logitech and Nestlé. He also chairs the advisory board of the Novartis Venture Fund. Patrick Aebischer is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Verbier Festival and the Jacobs Foundation.

His current research in his laboratory focuses on the development of cell therapy and gene transfer approaches for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.

Daniel Borel

Board of Directors & Co-founder


Daniel Borel is a Swiss businessman and co-founder of Logitech.

In 1973, Daniel Borel earned an engineering degree in Physics from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, and in 1977 received a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Borel co-founded Logitech at his father-in-law's farm in 1981 with Pierluigi Zappacosta and Giacomo Marini. He served as Logitech's Chairman 1982 to 2008, and served as the company's CEO from 1982 to 1988, and again from 1992 to 1998. In 1988, he took the Logitech Group public on the Swiss stock market, and on the Nasdaq in 1997. He is currently serving on Logitech's Board of Directors.

Borel currently serves on the board of directors of Logitech and Nestlé. He also serves on the board of defitech, a foundation that brings IT technology to disabled people and is chairman of swissUP, a foundation dedicated to the promoting education in Switzerland.

Diego Gilardoni

Executive Advisor, Speaker and Author of "Decoding China"

Diego Gilardoni is an international speaker and executive advisor specialized in global business and communication. He is the author of “Decoding China” and is a member of the international advisory board of the National Image Research Center at Tsinghua University in Beijing, the leading Think Tank providing advice to Chinese institutions and corporations on public and corporate diplomacy strategies. He was recently Visiting Professor in Global Business and Corporate Diplomacy at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.

Ralf Haller

President, CEO

High-Tech Connect Suisse &
R. Haller IT Marketing

I have been bringing ideas to life for more than 25 years in varying roles such as marketing, project management, and business development. With a focus on I.T., I specialize in helping companies develop products and bring them to market using proven marketing and business development strategies.

I have local and global business development experience, and bring depth to any project that I work on.

I am passionate about bringing together new ideas, high tech, and entrepreneurship. This has led me to teach "Global Innovation Ecosystems" at universities, where we explore how high-tech can breed new ideas in today's world and how it can be marketed globally. It has also led to me create, and head as President, the non-profit "High-Tech Connect Suisse" association, which encourages high-tech business development. I have organized 150+ high-tech business events in Switzerland and organized 15+ trips to Silicon Valley.

If you are interested in what I do and wish to connect with me for business or other opportunities, let's connect.


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