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startup: Reminder: 2nd Swiss Alumni Convention in SF coming up !!

From: A3SFIT - Michael R. Schuppenhauer <click for textversion of email address >
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2003 00:36:25 -0800

2nd Swiss Alumni Convention - April 5-6, 2003
The St. Francis Yacht Club, Marina, San Francisco, CA
Building nET(H)works & bridges

- Meet friends and fellow alumni from ETH Zurich, EPF Lausanne and
other Swiss & European Universities at this year's North American alumni

- Meet members and brains of the team that build Alinghi and are part
of the America's Cup winning Alinghi-EPFL team

- Discuss the mission of alumni organizations, brain drain, talent
mobility, job resources and knowledge transfer

- Profit from power-networking opportunities, great views on the San
Francisco Bay, a Cruise-Brunch on the Bay

The leadership of both Institutes (represented by Stefan Catsicas &
Konrad Osterwalder) and the vice-chancellor of UC Berkeley (Donald
McQuade) will take positions. The Swiss Institutes will present their
alumni visions and new service concepts. The large Canton next door
(Germany) will share its experience.
The event is organized by the Association of American Alumni of the Swiss
Federal Institutes of Technology (A3SFIT) and is open to all interested
parties. Special efforts are made to include the Alumni of IMD and HSG as
well as the Swiss National Fund researchers.

NEW PRICING: $80 for A3SFIT/Alumni members in good standing, and $90 for
non-members and $100 on-site. This includes the convention on Saturday
and lunch. The Dinner on Saturday is for $70 with the VIPs (open also for
spouses and guests attending only the dinner). The Cruise-Brunch on
Sunday is at $59. Sign up at the Acteva website now and check us out!

2nd A3SFIT Convention: 'Building nET(H)works & Bridges'

Friday, April 4 - Sunday, April 6, 2003 - St. Francis Yacht Club, Marina,
San Francisco, California

Friday, April 4, 2003
Reception at the Swiss Consul's residence (by invitation only as space
Saturday, April 5, 2003

St. Francis Yacht Club, Marina, San Francisco, CA

08:00 - 08:30 Breakfast & Registration

08:30 - 08:45 Welcome M.R. Schuppenhauer / C. Ferraris - A3SFIT

08:45 - 09:15 New strategies at the EPFL Stefan Catsicas, Vice
President, EPF Lausanne

09:15 - 10:00 Value of and for Alumni: Best Practice Examples
Pierre-André Grandchamp (A3-EPFL), Fred Lam (MIT-CNC), Eicke Weber
(Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung), NN (McKinsey & Co.), Eric Merk (EPF
Although an established American model, alumni organizations exist in
Europe as well. Still the many stakeholders have various interests. With
the change of guard at the alumni organizations of the ETH Zürich and EPF
Lausanne opportunities arise to develop and mold this tool - beyond the
role models. What are the key assets of alumni networks? What is Best
Practice? What services do current organizations offer? What services
should they offer, what has been tried and did not work?

10:00 - 10:30 Coffee & nET(H)working break

10:30 - 11:10 Moving Talent - Moving Knowledge: Brain-Drain vs.
Knowledge Mobility: How do we manage knowledge and people
Christian Simm (Swiss Science & Technology Consul), Eckhardt Schroeter
(University of California, Berkeley - German Scholar Organization),
Karena Strella (Egon Zehnder International)
State-funded talent leaves the home country to pursue academic research
and careers abroad. Further, companies transfer their executives to gain
experience and mobilize knowledge. Not all return to their home country.
In addition, we find that in-house knowledge rests with the individual
and not with the organization - be it here or afar. Do we simply export
the best talent without return? What are the key considerations and
milestones in pursuing a global career? What solutions and tools have
been found to mobilize people and share knowledge across continents and

11:10 - 11:30 Coffee & nET(H)working break

11:30 - 12:00 Whither ETH Zürich and its Alumni? - Konrad Osterwalder
(ETH Zürich)

12:00 - 13:30 Luncheon Keynote: UC Berkeley and its Alumni Heritage
Donald McQuade, Vice Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley

13:30 - 15:00 A successful partnership between competition in sport and
science: Alinghi and the EPFL
Bertrand Cardis (Decision SA), Members of the Alinghi Consortium,
Jan-Anders Månson (EPFL)
On its first entry, the Swiss America's Cup Challenge swept the Louis
Vuitton and the America's Cup. Executed with Swiss precision in its Swiss
way attracting the best talent. A unique look behind the scenes will show
the science and entrepreneurial talent that made the success possible.

15:00 - 16:45 Shaping the Future of the Swiss Alumni Organizations (ETH
Pierre-André Grandchamp (A3-EPFL), Eric Merk (EPF Lausanne), Konrad
Osterwalder (ETHZ), Clarissa Ferraris (A3SFIT)
15:00 - 16:45 Reception with the Swiss America's Cup winning Alinghi

19:30 - 22:00 Dinner at A.Sabella's at Fisherman's Wharf, 2766 Taylor
St., SF, CA 94133

Sunday, April 6, 2003

11:00 - 13:00 Cruise on the Bay (Hornblower, Embarcadero, Pier 33) with
Brunch; please arrive 30 min early

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