Coaches & Speakers


Creativity, the ability to generate novel and useful ideas, is the seed of innovation, but unless it’s applied and scaled, it’s still just an idea. 

David Burkus


Topic Leader

Topic Leader | Prof. Dr. Nina Buchmann, Head of Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zürich

Nina Buchmann studied Geoecology at the University of Bayreuth. She received her doctoral degree in Plant Ecology (1993) and then spend three years at the University of Utah, USA. After finishing her Habilitation (1999), she worked at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena. Since April 2003, Nina Buchmann is Full Professor of Grassland Sciences at ETH Zurich. Between 2011 and 2017, she was founding Chair of the World Food System Center at ETH. Her main research interests are process- and system-driven, and include plant and ecosystem physiology, biogeochemistry of terrestrial ecosystems, and the provisioning of ecosystem services. She published more than 270 papers and is member of the National Academy of Sciences in Germany.



Team Leader

Team Leader | Christina Stent Wendler 

Christina calls the world her home and has spent many years living and working abroad in the field of tourism and tour management. For 20 years she dedicated her talents to the Swiss live communication scene, as the co-owner of an event and incentive agency, the head of concept development and a project development specialist. Today she is coaching and developing future generations and organisations. Christina is the owner of Creationship and is working as a coachteam and organizational developerHer counselling approach is based on co-creative and solution-oriented understanding. She is married, has two daughters and enjoys spending her free time close to the water and being a host for spontaneous get-togethers at her home on the Rhine. 

Coach Team

Suzie Badenhorst

Suzie Badenhorst originally worked in crude oil business. Sixteen years ago, she switched to a new work environment building her own job creating projects for children and teenagers. These projects have continuously grown in numbers of participants and that has led her to becoming a coach for young adults, supporting them in their personal development. She used to be the leader of a choir on a semi-professional level. The knowledge she gained during three months of training in play pedagogy influences all of her work fields. She’s now back in economy with her own company for Coaching, Supervision and Organizational Development ( She loves mountain biking, hiking and skiing, travelling and being a host for family and friends. Singing still plays an essential role in her life.


Martin Gerber

Martin is an experienced facilitator and supports companies uncovering value out of their Data ( Driven by his experiences as a former manager of an IT Infrastructure Operations department, he is also a fundamental representative of the self-management approach. 

In his various roles from the past and accountabilities providing Services for customers such as banks, industry and public services, he has a comprehensive understanding of IT, IT processes and business challenges. Martin likes to support others to develop themselves and for that purpose he founded a company called “antbirds – nature centered design (”. Inspired by nature, he likes hiking in Grison, where he lives with his wife and three children, jogging and mountainbiking. Martin holds a Degree as Executive Master of Business Administration FH with focus on Strategic Management. 


Daniel Derron

Daniel has spent most of his professional life in the railway industries. As an asset manager and project leader for new rolling stock he faced different challenges. Daniel started as a travel agent and railway switchboard operator. His career path led trough diverse national and international marketing and sales positionsto project and program management of international alliance and procurement projects. As a former military commanding officer and chief of staff he has a profound experience of classical decision taking processes. Daniel studies in a master program coaching and organizational development. He likes to work and collaborate in multicultural, agile and self-organized teamsCornerstones of Daniels coaching approach are a holistic orientationsolution-focussed based on personal resources and a mindful respect of other human beings. In his private life Daniel likes to sailto hike or simply to hang out with his two boys.


Tara Welschinger 

Tara has worked in global Corporate Companies, KMUs and agencies. 2015 was the year in which she decided to enter the field of entrepreneurship. The decision to leave not only a career promising and secure but also a well paid job was the personal ZeroWaste-Journey. A journey which led to the challenge of using minimal resources, producing less waste and not using any single used plastic products anymore. She therefore became not only a more responsible and conscious consumer, but for all a human being who opened mind and heart to the system changes, which are so much needed. Sufficiency, internal and external resources and finding solutions for a more sustainable future became a passion – in her private life but also as an entrepreneur. She realized the first ZeroWaste Coffee-Shop in Zurich in 2017 and opened a second base in 2019. In her role as manager, keynote speaker, coach and supervisor she develops concepts, enables people and reinvents systems to become more sustainable – ecological, socially but also economically.


Florian Wieser

At the age of 19, Florian Wieser founded his first company. Today, the serial entrepreneur and New Work Pioneer is CEO of Artonomie AGwhich he co-founded with conceptual artists Frank and Patrik Riklin with the aim to promote a different type of doing business based on unusual ways of thinking and acting. He is a speaker and lecturer at several collegesuniversities and conferences focusing on “New Work Pioneering”. He is called “Mr. LEGO” when he facilitates complex topics with the LEGO Serious Play methodologyand he is trainer of the emotional intelligence program “Search Inside Yourself”, a program born at Google, based on neuroscienceInspired by his work in the Alps with the alpine ThinkMakeTank “ANiM he and his wife started the broad initiative “Jedem Ort sein Zukunftsbüro”, a place to go with questions about the future in every village on earth. 


Short Speaker

Claudio Beretta | Research associate, ZHAW Wädenswil and president of

Claudio Beretta is currently working as a research associate in the group of Food and Beverage Innovation at the school of applied sciences ZHAW. He is responsible for sustainability in food systems and more specifically for food waste reduction. Besides his position at ZHAW he is president and co-founder of the association destined to reduce food losses at the various stages of the food value chain. In 2018 he finished his PhD at the Institute of Environmental Engineering at ETH Zurich, analyzing the environmental impact of food losses in Switzerland and its reduction potential. He studied environmental science at ETH Zurich, with a major in forest and landscape management and a minor in sustainable energy technologies.



Innovation Process

Creative and innovative thinking is key to tackling the main topic at this event!
Supported by experienced moderators
, innovation-coaches and media professionals,
 follow a structured, yet open process based on the principle of co-creation. 

Preparation phase: before the Forum, selected participants connect as digital tribes in an online social network to get to know their fellow team members and to receive preparatory scientific materials relevant to their given Challenge.

At the Forum, Plenary Sessions inspire the ISTF participants in the main auditorium and set the tone through expert talks, impulse speeches, a creative session, one-on-one debates, and informal and formal exchanges with other groups. Our “Topic Leader”, a leading voice in the Artificial Intelligence research community, will open the ISTF with a keynote speech, and will engage the Challengers in a panel discussion, highlighting the event’s core messages by connecting the dots between topics and speakers in unexpected ways, adding additional layers of meaning.

Work Sessions are at the core of the symposium. Groups of seven participants engage with the five Challengers in three cycles of highly interactive discussions and debates, deliberating over the potential solutions or answers to their specific challenge.

Co-Creation: Within Cycle 1, each group is briefed by their Challenger and then defines their project work to develop their research commitment. Within Cycle 2, there will be plenty of space for innovation. Using a variety of techniques to encourage out-of-the-box thinking, participants will draw on their creativity to find novel and visionary ideas and solutions relevant to their designated questions. In Cycle 3, participants will describe and visualise their best ideas, aiming to create meaningful changefor a constructive, sustainable, and livable future.

Output: On the last day of the Forum, a representative of each group presents the group’s ideas in a 15-minute pitch at the public closing event. The format of the final presentation is largely open. The Coaches and Media Team will be happy to share potential presentation ideas, techniques and formats with you.

  • Cycle 1: briefing => defining the problem => researching the topic
  • Cycle 2: dreaming => ideation => possible solutions
  • Cycle 3: building a story => visualizing concepts & ideas for public presentations