The Opening Panel - On the 26 February 2019 from 6:15 pm. to 8pm.

The Opening Panel is going to take place on Tuesday 26 February 2019 in room 01-013 on the campus of the University of St. Gallen. Please note that the Opening Panel will be held in German.

The topic: The Value of Connections

At the opening panel, the influence of connections in the working world will be discussed from different industry perspectives. The focus is on the following question: What is the significance of “connections” in today's world of work? The term "connections" is often associated with negative connotations, but connecting people is essential not only in social life, but also in professional life. The proverb "All beginnings are hard" is quite accurate, so we would like to give you an insight into the experiences of network specialists at the opening panel of this year's conference. This will encourage you at the following conference and give you tips on how to pull the strings of your network. While Viktor Giacobbo can present the whole picture from the perspective of an artist and a board member, Monique Bourquin as HSG alumna and board member of various large companies will be able to identify better with your position. Network expert Alexander Wolf will also contribute his professional opinion from a theoretical and practical point of view. The panel will be moderated by Miriam Rickli, one of the most successful Swiss TV and event presenters.


Viktor Giacobbo

Viktor Giacobbo is one of the most famous comedians of Switzerland. He began his career with an apprenticeship as a typesetter and today he works as a comedian, author, producer and board member.

He became particularly famous with his satire late night show Giacobbo / Müller, which he ran with Mike Müller. For this they received the award for the best TV duo at the Teleboy Awards 2011. At the Swiss Comedy Award they were awarded with the audience award for "Giacobbo / Müller in Therapie" in 2018.

Giacobbo was also the initiator and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the “Casinotheater Winterthur”.

Monique Bourquin

Monique Bourquin currently sits on the boards of Kambly SA, Straumann and the Emmi Group. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Swisscontact, President of Promarca, the Swiss Branded Goods Association and a member of the Board of Directors of “Gesellschaft für Marketing”. Bourquin also teaches change management at ETH Zurich.

The HSG graduate began her career at PwC in management consulting. She then gained a foothold in the consumer goods industry and worked in marketing and sales for Knorr, Rivella and Mövenpick before joining Unilever in 2002. There she was Country Manager for Unilever Switzerland and most recently CFO for the D-A-CH region.

Alexander Wolf

As a student, Alexander Wolf founded Germany's first DJ radio station, "KISS FM", later became involved in Berlin's start-up scene and conceived the “Deutsche Gründer- und Unternehmertage”, the “BusinessPlan Competition” and the “ClubCommission Berlin”.

In 1999 he was commissioned by the state of Berlin to organise the welcome campaign for the relocation of the embassies to the new capital. The result was the “Embassy Network Berlin”, for which Alexander Wolf was responsible for 10 years.

Today he leads the network "AusserGewöhnlich Berlin" and works as a lecturer for networking and community building with his institute for value-based networking, the “Dictyonomie Institut”. He trains executives from “Deutsche Bahn”, “Porsche” and others in the process of digitization.


Miriam Rickli

The opening panel will be moderated by Miriam Rickli, one of the most successful TV and event moderators in Switzerland. The sympathetic presenter inspires by her refreshing nature and has already led through various TV formats and events in the fields of business and entertainment.

She started her TV career at Tele Top. Afterwards followed further engagements with Tele Züri, Sat1 and SRF2. For the SRF broadcast wild@7 she won the TeleboyAward in the category "Newcomer". Shortly thereafter, she presented her first programme on German TV at ProSieben.

In addition, she discusses a wide range of topics from the field of economics with renowned experts at numerous events.