Innosuisse Plenary 2021


We are pleased to announce the fourth Innosuisse Plenary, taking place on Tuesday, 14 September 2021 from noon at the KKL Luzern.

The detailed programme and some of the confirmed speakers for this year’s feature topic “Go international: the perspectives and challenges for Swiss innovation” can be found below.


Covid-19 information: the Innosuisse Plenary may only be attended with a valid Covid-19 certificate (vaccinated, recovered, tested) in combination with an official ID. Please note that we are unable to offer on-site testing facilities.


September 14
Welcome & Lunch

Check-in, lunch and networking for all guests

Roundtable: “Go international: sharing Swiss experiences”

From an Innosuisse perspective, sharing experiences by customers on the international market.

Moderated by Eliane Kersten (co-head communications, Innosuisse)

Daniel Brandenburger, Marie Obien, Beat Ruhstaller
Innosuisse input speeches and Q&A

Input speeches of the President and the CEO of Innosuisse followed by joint Q&A session.

Moderated by Lukas Krienbühl (co-head communications, Innosuisse)

Annalise Eggimann, André Kudelski
Keynote interview: "The role of technology and innovation in the global great power competition"
Eric Schmidt
Panel discussion: “Innovation competition of world powers and the consequences for Swiss innovation”

A general reflection on Swiss innovation in the context of innovation and technology competition among world powers.

Moderated by Hanna Henkel (Science & Technology Editor, Neue Zürcher Zeitung NZZ)

Martina Gmür, André Kudelski, Ralph Weber, Alois Zwinggi
Closing words
Annalise Eggimann
Aperitif and networking

Speakers (A-Z)

Daniel Brandenburger
Start-up Coach, Innosuisse
Annalise Eggimann
CEO, Innosuisse
Martina Gmür
Head of Export Promotion and member of the Executive Commitee, Switzerland Global Enterprise
André Kudelski
President, Innosuisse
Marie Obien
Co-Founder and VP Marketing and Sales, MaxWell Biosystems AG
Beat Ruhstaller
Founder and CEO, Fluxim
Eric Schmidt
Co-Founder, Schmidt Futures and Former CEO, Google
Ralph Weber
Professor of European Global Studies, University of Basel
Alois Zwinggi
Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum


KKL Luzern

Europaplatz 1, Luzern
6005 Luzern

The KKL Luzern is located in the centre of the city of Lucerne, adjacent to the station, and situated right on the shores of Lake Lucerne.

Your arrival

  • By public transport: The KKL Luzern is easily accessible by public transport. No matter whether you are travelling by train, bus or boat, you can quickly reach the Culture and Convention Centre thanks to its location in the heart of the city. From Lucerne Railway station, it’s only 100 steps under shelter to reach the KKL Luzern.
  • By car: Various parking facilities are available in Lucerne. For example, from Bahnhofparking (station parking) 1+2 at Bahnhofplatz 1, you can take the lift directly into the venue.