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'The Secret behind Swiss Innovation' Switzerland had a longstanding tradition of supporting research and innovation. The Global Innovation Index, 2012 had ranked Switzerland Number 1 in the world based on these parameters. The R&D expenditure was estimated at 3% of GDP, two‐thirds of which was from the private sector. The Secret behind Switzerland’s successful innovation initiative is a focus on creative thinking, a well-trained work‐force, excellent academic institutions, developed infrastructure, diverse funding possibilities and high R&D expenditures. This programme is positioned to share the Swiss experience in creating an effective partnership between industry and R&D Institutions to pursue corporate leadership through technological innovation. Dr. Margrit Leuthold, Executive Director, swissnex India will be the Keynote Speaker. Prior to this position, Dr. Leuthold was the Director of International Institutional Affairs at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. She was the Head of Strategic Planning at ETH Zurich till 2008 and was the Secretary General of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences for 8 years. She holds a PhD (Phil. II, genetics) from the University of Zurich, where she also completed an executive MBA. swissnex is an initiative of the Swiss Government, which promotes public-private ventures and plays an active role in strengthening Switzerland’s leadership as a world-class location for science, education and innovation. swissnex connects and facilitates collaborations between Swiss and Indian academic institutions, oorganises Indo-Swiss collaborations, promotes Swiss excellence in innovation and supports Swiss start-ups in India.

“The Secret behind Swiss Innovation” 4:00 pm, Wednesday, September 11, 2013, Chennai 04:00 PM 04:30 PM 04:35 PM 04:40 PM 04:50 PM

05:20 PM 05:40 PM 05:55 PM

Venue: Chola Sheraton, Chennai

Registration & High Tea Welcome: Mr. Jawahar Vadivelu, President, SICCI, Chennai Introductory Remarks: Mr. R. Muthu, Hon. Consul of Switzerland in Chennai Inaugural Address: Mr. Rolf Frei, Consul General of Switzerland in Bangalore Keynote Address: Dr. Margrit Leuthold, Executive Director, swissnex India Shared Experience Interactive Session Concluding Remarks: Mr. Raguram, President, Swiss-Indian Chamber of Commerce India


“The Secret behind Swiss Innovation” 10:30 am, Thursday, September 12, 2013, Bangalore 10:30 am 11:00 am 11:05 am 11:10 am 11:20 am

11:55 am

12:15 PM 12:45 PM 01:00 PM

Registration Welcome: Mr. Raguram, President-SICCI, Southern Region Introductory Remarks: President, Bangalore Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inaugural Address: Mr. Rolf Frei, Consul General of Switzerland in Bangalore Keynote Address: Dr. Margrit Leuthold, Executive Director, swissnex India Panel Discussion & Shared Experience – Chaired by Consul General Rolf Frei Buhler (India) Pvt. Ltd. and Starrag India Private Limited Interactive Session Concluding Remarks Networking Lunch

Venue: swissnex India

Swiss Business Hub India

“The Secret behind Swiss Innovation” 4:30 pm, Tuesday, September 17, 2013, Hyderabad 04:30 PM 05:00 PM

05:05 PM 05:10 PM 05:20 PM

05:50 PM 06:05 PM 06:25 PM

Registration & High Tea Welcome: Mr. Srinivas Ayyadevara, President, Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce & Industry Introductory Remarks: Mr. Raguram, President – SICCI, Southern Region Inaugural Address: Mr. Rolf Frei, Consul General of Switzerland in Bangalore Keynote Address: Dr. Margrit Leuthold, Executive Director, swissnex India Shared Experience Interactive Session Concluding Remarks: Mr. Shyam Sunder Pasari, Chairman, International Trade Committee, FAPCCI

Venue: FADCCI (The Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Hyderabad

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