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. HSG Alexander Braun studied Business Administration at the University of Mannheim in Germany, where he graduated as Diplom-Kaufmann (Master of Arts) in 2007. Subsequently, he worked for an American investment bank in London before joining the Institute of Insurance Economics at the University of St. Gallen in 2009. After the completion of his doctoral studies in 2011, he continued his scientific career as a postdoctoral researcher and project leader. Since August 2013, Mr Braun is Assistant Professor of Risk Management at the University of St.Gallen and in December 2015 he became a member of the executive board of the Institute of Insurance Economics. Alexander Braun has received several awards for his research and teaching activities, such as the Les B. Strickler Award 2014 of the American Risk and Insurance Association(ARIA), the Harold D. Skipper Award 2013 of the Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association (APRIA) and the Best Paper Award 2014 of the Journal of Insurance Issues. For the Freshers’ Week 2017, Alexander Braun will be a keynote speaker on Monday morning in the Freshers' Week, as well as a member of the judging panel. Susanne Giger, lic.oec. HSG et lic.oec/dipl. Hdl. HSG 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. Since then, Susanne Giger has worked as a business editor and presenter at Swiss Radio and Television (SRF) for various programmes (Echo der Zeit, Rendez-vous, business magazine Trend and Eco, etc.). In 2009, her book "Hans Vontobel - Bankier, Patron, Zeitzeuge" was published. Susanne Giger will be a keynote speaker at the Freshers’ Week 2017 and a member of the judging panel. Dr. iur. Philipp Gmür has been CEO of Helvetia Switzerland and a member of Executive Management of the Helvetia Group since 2003. On 1 September 2016, he took on the role as Group CEO of Helvetia. He studied law in Switzerland (Dr. iur) and the USA (LL.M) and is a licensed attorney. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He worked as a lawyer and in management and held a post as court secretary at the Appellate Court of Lucerne, before joining Helvetia in 1993. From 1995 until 2000, he was a general agent in Lucerne and then Head of Sales and a member of Executive Management Switzerland. He is chairman of the Campaigning Committee of the Swiss Insurance Association and holds a number of directorships. Philipp Gmür will be a keynote speaker at the Freshers’ Week 2017 and a member of the judging panel.