Keynote speakers and members of the judging panel Several keynote presentations enrich the Freshers' Week and an expert judging panel selects the winning group. Speakers and Members of the Judging Panel Prof. Dr. oec. Walter Brenner has been Managing Director of the Institute of Information Management (IWI-HSG), as well as Professor of Information Management at the University of St.Gallen (HSG) since April 2001. From 2011, he was Dean of the Department of Management at the HSG for more than two years. Prior to that, Walter Brenner was employed at the University of Essen from 1999 as Professor of Business Informatics and, from 1993 to 1999, at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg in Germany as Professor for General Business Administration and Information Management. From 1989 to 1993, he was Head of the research programme Information Management 2000 at the Institute of Information Management of the University of St.Gallen. Prior to that, Walter Brenner worked for Alusuisse-Lonza AG in Basel, at the end as Head of Application Development. From 1978 to 1985, he studied and completed his doctorate at the University of St.Gallen. In addition, Walter Brenner is a freelance consultant on information management issues, as well as preparing companies for the digitally connected world. He has published more than 30 books and over 200 articles. Walter Brenner has been working in the field of information and communication technology at management level for more than 30 years and is a business IT specialist. In addition, Walter Brenner is member of various advisory boards and supervisory boards. For the Freshers’ Week 2018, he serves as an expert on the discussion panel on Wednesday. Dr. David Bosshart has been CEO of the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for Economic and Social Studies since 1999. He holds a PhD in philosophy, is the author of numerous publications and a speaker at international events in Europe, America and Asia. His work focuses on the future of consumption, societal transformation, digitisation (human-machine), management and culture, globalisation and political philosophy. For the Freshers’ Week 2018, David Bosshart is a keynote speaker on Monday morning introducing the new students to the topic of this year’s case study. Dr. oec. HSG Gianina Caviezel completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s studies at the University of St.Gallen with an exchange semester in New York and did her doctorate in the area of sustainability management at the Institute for Economy and the Environment. Since January 2018, Gianina Caviezel is the CEO of Input Consulting AG, one of the oldest Swiss strategy and management consultancies for national as well as international big corporations and many medium-sized companies. In 2012, she founded Student Impact – Consulting for Sustainable Ideas at HSG. The student consultancy of a different kind offers management consulting services to sustainable start-ups and SMEs on a non-profit basis with the goal of generating a positive impact on society and the environment. From 2010 to 2014, she worked as a consultant at PwC Strategy with a focus on strategy development, restructuring as well as business and financial planning. For the Freshers’ Week 2018, Gianina Caviezel is guest speaker at the HSG Alumni evening event. Adrienne Fichter, lic.phil (MA UZH) has been an editor for Project R & Republic Magazine and a lecturer in media and political science at the University of Zurich since 2017. In 2017, her book "Smartphone Democracy" was published. Adrienne Fichter graduated in 2008 with a master's degree in political science from the University of Zurich. From 2009 to 2012, she was involved as social media and community manager in setting up the first Swiss political startup politnetz.ch. Subsequently, Adrienne Fichter worked as a social media editor and media officer for the Orell Füssli Wirtschaftsinformationen (OFWI) and was responsible for their social media strategy. From 2014 to 2017, she headed the social media editorial department of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. For the Freshers’ Week 2018, Adrienne Fichter serves as an expert on the panel discussion on Wednesday and as a member of the judging panel. Dr. iur. HSG Markus Gemperle has been CEO of Helvetia Europe and a member of the Helvetia Executive Management since 2015. He studied and received his doctorate at the University of St.Gallen. From 1988 to 1990, Markus Gemperle was also a research associate at HSG's Institute for Insurance Studies. In 1990, he joined Helvetia Insurance and was at first actively involved in various senior positions in the non-life business in Switzerland. From 2002, Markus Gemperle was the Head of Corporate Centre of the Helvetia Patria Group. In 2004, he became a member of the Executive Management of Helvetia Switzerland and joined as the Head of IT. Later in 2006, he took over the management of Operation & Partners. In 2008, he became a member of the Executive Management of Helvetia Group and served as Head of Strategy & Operations until 2015. Markus Gemperle holds various mandates as Chairman and as a member of the Board of Directors. Susanne Giger, lic.oec. HSG et lic.oec/dipl. studied Economics at the University of St.Gallen (HSG). After completing her studies, she worked in project management at a SME and in the communication department of the Zurich Insurance Group. In 2002, she graduated with a postgraduate degree in Journalism from the Centre for Media Studies (MAZ) in Lucerne. Until 2018, Susanne Giger worked as a business editor and presenter at Swiss Radio and Television (SRF) for various programmes (Echo der Zeit, Rendez-vous, business magazine Trend, Eco and others). In 2009, her book Hans Vontobel - Bankier, Patron, Zeitzeuge was published. Currently, she is Founder & CEO of Susanne Giger GmbH and is a member on the Board of Directors. For the Freshers’ Week 2018, Susanne Giger chairs the expert panel discussion on Wednesday, co-hosts the Closing Event and is a keynote speaker. Caspar Hirschi is Professor of History at the University of St. Gallen. He was a student at Fribourg and Tübingen, a research fellow at Cambridge and an Ambizione fellow at ETH Zürich. Caspar Hirschi’s research focuses on the interrelation of expert advice and public criticism in past and present, on the history of innovation and automation and on nationalism before modernity. His publications include a book on The Origins of Nationalism: An Alternative History from Ancient Rome to Early Modern Germany (Cambridge University Press 2012) and a monograph on Expertenskandale – Skandalexperten. Zur Geschichte eines Gegenwartsproblems (Matthes & Seitz 2018). For the Freshers’ Week 2018, Caspar Hirschi serves as an expert on the discussion panel on Wednesday. Dr. oec. Florian Hotz works as the Head of Leadership & Development with St. Gallen based Helvetia Insurance. He is responsible for groupwide organisational and human resources development. He studied business administration and law at the University of St. Gallen and Indiana University, Bloomington, followed by a PhD about 'Organizational Ambidexterity' at the Institute of Management with Prof. Dr. Peter Gomez as his main supervisor. For several years, Florian acted as a representative at the Schaffhausen state parliament. He is a member of some boards of directors, i.e. he acts as the chairman of the Schaffhausen Cantonal Bank. For the Freshers’ Week 2018, he is a member of the judging panel. Fabian Illi, BSc Business Information Technology (HSLU) is a Cyber Security Consultant at InfoGuard AG – located in Baar, Canton of Zug. From 2012 – 2015, he completed his bachelor studies (Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology) at the Lucerne University of Applied Science and Arts (HSLU). Subsequently, Fabian Illi worked for Ernst & Young AG as a Cyber Security Consultant where, apart from consulting projects, he also conducted regulatory and IT audits for clients in the financial sector. Within his current field of work at InfoGuard, Fabian Illi consults Swiss-based national and international clients regarding information security and data protection. His areas of expertise include technical and organisational audits/ assessments against internationally recognized standards (such as ISO 27001/ NIST CSF), education and awareness of employees, as well as GRC related topics. For the Freshers’ Week 2018, Fabian Illi is a member of the judging panel. Dr. oec. HSG Martin Keller has been working at the Institute of Business Education and Educational Management (IWP) at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) since 2002. He studied Business Administration and Education and received his doctorate in conflict resolution at the University of St.Gallen. Since 2003, Martin Keller has been a lecturer in leadership skills and business education at the University of St.Gallen. From 2005 – 2008, he completed the certificate in 'Konfliktmediation: Klärungshilfe - Konfliktbearbeitung im beruflichen Kontext’ ('Conflict Mediation: Clarification Assistance - Conflict Resolution in a Professional Context'), as well as the additional training in Kommunikationspsychologie für Kommunikationsberatung und -training (Communication Psychology for Communication Counselling and Training) (Organiser: University of Hamburg). Since 2009, Martin Keller has been at the Institute for Business Education and Educational Management as a research associate, project manager and divisional director for school leadership and development. He is responsible for the executive education of upper secondary schools and works as a lecturer in CAS courses, management courses and seminars on issues relevant to school leadership and school development. Martin Keller is also responsible for consulting educational institutions and educational administrations. For the Freshers’ Week 2018, he will give a keynote presentation at the Freshers’ Week seminar I. Dr. Stephan Sigrist is founder and head of the W.I.R.E. think tank and has spent many years analysing interdisciplinary developments in business and society, focusing on the implications of digitisation in the life sciences, financial services, media, infrastructure and mobility. He is the publisher of the ABSTRAKT book series, author of a number of publications and a keynote speaker at international conferences. With W.I.R.E., Stephan Sigrist advises desicion-makers on the development of long-term strategies, innovation projects and supports companies in the redesign of future-oriented spaces for employees and the exchange with clients. After studying biochemistry at the ETH Zurich, he initially joined Hoffman-La Roche’s medical research team. Stephan Sigrist subsequently went on to work at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants as a management consultant and at the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. He is a member of the Governing Board of the aha! Swiss Allergy Centre and member of the Innovation Council of Innosuisse, the federal agency concerned with promoting science-based innovation. For the Freshers’ Week 2018, Stephan Sigrist is a member of the judging panel. Dr. oec. HSG Michael Steiner from Niederteufen, is Chairman of the Executive Board of the acrevis Bank AG. Before that he headed the division of private banking as a member of the Executive Board. Michael Steiner completed his Master’s studies in Economics with a focus on financial and capital markets and his dissertation at the University of St.Gallen. Before his role as member of the Executive Board at acrevis, he managed his own company that operated in the area of bank consultancy and strategic asset management. From 2005 to 2012, Michael Steiner had different management roles in the areas of investment approach and portfolio management at the St.Gallen private bank Wegelin & Co. He is a member of the Swiss Society for Financial Market Research, the foundation board of the Ecovida foundation and the board of a number of companies. For the Freshers’ Week 2018, Michael Steiner is a guest speaker at the HSG Alumni evening event. Martin Tschopp, lic.oec. HSG is member of the extended Group Executive Board at Helvetia Insurance. He is responsible for Strategy, M&A, Business Transformation, Business Innovation, Venture Fund and Eco Systems. Martin Tschopp spent 15 years in management consulting at Accenture and The Boston Consulting Group and 13 years in corporate roles at Swiss Life, UBS and Helvetia. He lived and worked for almost 10 years in Southeast Asia and Luxembourg. Martin Tschopp holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of St.Gallen. He is passionate about photography, astronomy and alpine sports. For the Freshers’ Week 2018, Martin Tschopp is a keynote speaker at the Freshers’ Week.