TEDxZurich is organized by a group of people who are passionate about the concept and about inspiring ideas.
Urs Bucher, Sponsoring. Urs was one of the key persons in building up Microsoft’s Swiss partner network in the nineties. After that he successfully led the sales & marketing efforts of Namics AG, the leading Swiss web consultancy from 2000 – 2008. Since then Urs acts as the head of online properties for KPMG Europe. He has an excellent network in the Swiss ICT industry and occasionally twitters as @ursbucher.
Karin Friedli, Communications. Karin works as a consultant and account manager at the online publisher and web agency Blogwerk and as a lecturer at several educational institutions. Besides, she is a co-founder of LOREM (not Ipsum), a startup e-commerce project for independent magazines. She volunteers in the TED Open Translation Project and spends her spare time reading, running, blogging and traveling. She twitters as @karinfriedli.
Dania Gerhardt, Host & Speakers. Dania is a co-founder of Amazee Labs, a web agency specialized in community solutions. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Basel and worked as an auditor and accounting consultant at KPMG. She is very well connected in the Swiss web industry and initiator of the event series Web Monday Zurich and StartupCamp Switzerland. She occasionally twitters as @daniagerhardt.
Kristina Koch, Participants. An Austrian native, Kristina is a former competitive ice hockey player and a 2004 Women’s World Championship gold medalist. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sport and Leisure Management at Haaga-Helia University in Finland. Kristina now works at the Zurich headquarters of the International Ice hockey Federation IIHF. She speaks six languages and is passionate about traveling and – of course – TED. In her free-time Kristina loves to do sports, read or enjoy brunch with friends.
Lea Montini, Location. Lea holds a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the University of the Arts Zurich and works as a Art Director at her Online and Mobile Shop Mooris.ch. Her interest for careful design, authentic places and good food prompted her to start a blog called Lea Montini’s Things. She twitters as @leamontini.
Markus Popp, Head of Committee. Markus is a passionate online entrepreneur – he works as a managing partner for his own consulting company Mühlemann&Popp offering expertise in digital strategy, technology and development of new business models. He holds a Master’s degree of the Swiss Federal Instiute of Technology, where he co-founded tilllate.com back in 2000 and developed it to the leading events website. His spare time is dedicated to sports activities, flying Piper aircrafts, reading and travelling.
Hugo Schotman, Production. Hugo Hugo is working on a new product related to skiing (to be announced). He also develops his own iPhone Apps at Appseez. He has worked at IT and consulting firms like local.ch, Accenture and Unic . Hugo has attended several TED and TEDx conferences. He contributes to TED’s causes for example by translating TEDtalks through the Open Translation Project. He twitters as @hschot.
Martin Steiger, Legal & Finance. Martin is an attorney-at-law focused on IP/IT/media law and aviation law with a Master’s degree from the University of St.Gallen (HSG). He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Zürich. As an aviation enthusiast, he holds pilot licenses, works with Swiss air navigation provider Skyguide and published in air law. His personal website is martinsteiger.ch; he twitters as @martinsteiger and blogged or blogs – among others things – about direct democracy.