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 notes

• Chinese ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein

• 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

Panel Discussions

Experiences doing business in China

moderated by High-tech Connect suisse

Johannes Müller, CEO, Dätwyler Cabling

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

• Z-Punkt Consultancy

• BakerMcKenzie

Collaboration possibilities between Chinese and Swiss robotics and AI companies

moderated by Handelszeitung and

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

• ABB Robotics China

• Kuka Robotics

Logitech's experiences in China

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

Startup ecosystem Shenzhen and Pearl-River Delta

Benjamin Joffe, Partner, HAX

Overview Robotics and AI startups in China

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

State of AI research, technology, applications and businesses in China

• ETH Zürich

Chinese Robotics and AI company introductions

• Bytedance


• UBTech Robotics

• SenseTime

• iFlyTek

• Face++

• …

Networking exhibitions



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

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.

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.

Ralf Haller

President, CEO

High-Tech Connect Suisse &
R. Haller IT Marketing

My more than two decades work experience has spanned various marketing, project management and business development roles, based on my training as an electrical engineer and masters in Telecommunication Systems (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology).

My career started while at university, when I took an assistant role in the USA. Later, I worked as an IT project manager for large key account clients at CompuNet in Munich and also worked in Hong Kong supporting the Asian region.

This prompted my move to Silicon Valley where I lived for many years, working as a Product Manager for successful startups building some of the first data communication equipments in the market. (first gigabit ethernet router/switch)

Since 2001, I provide product marketing and business development support and have organised different high-tech business events in Switzerland.

I am the organiser of about 15 per year national and international high-tech trends, innovation, entrepreneurship and technology business events in Switzerland, among them:

+ Silicon Valley meets Switzerland,

+ Startup-Nation Israel meets Switzerland,

+ Chinese-Swiss High-tech Summit,

I am also the founder and president of the first - not for profit - "High-Tech Connect suisse" association encouraging and inspiring high-tech business development.

I started teaching the course "Global Innovation Ecosystems" and others at universities and look forward doing more of these as I love sharing and discussing with smart minds of all ages and cultures.

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