The digital transformation process offers great opportunities for our country – as well as fresh challenges. The Federal Council adopted the ‘Digital Switzerland’ strategy in April 2016 and work is in progress in many areas. The strategy places emphasis on the need to foster close dialogue between government actors and players from business, science and society.
As no suitable entity existed at the political level to identify and discuss developments in digital transformation and take up ideas, President Doris Leuthard, the head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, and Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann, the head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, took the decision to set up and jointly chair the EAER and DETEC Advisory Council on Digital Transformation.
At the Council’s first meeting the members put forward the key aspects they feel need to be addressed to harness the opportunities of digitalisation. The board then defined the issues to be focused on in the meetings to follow. In particular these include: attracting talent, establishing clusters, infrastructure and data issues, cyber security and regulatory policy.
The members of the Advisory Council on Digital Transformation are:
Jurgi Camblong, co-founder and CEO Sophia Genetics, Moritz Lechner, co-founder and Co-President of the Board Sensirion, Christina Kehl, co-founder Knip and Co-Founder & Managing Director Swiss Finance Startups, Jean-Philippe Tripet founder and Managing Partner Aravis, Lino Guzzella ETH Zurich, Andreas Kubli UBS, André Kudelski Innosuisse, , Andreas Meyer SBB, Ruedi Noser Noser Management, Monika Rühl economiesuisse, Susanne Ruoff Post, Urs Schaeppi Swisscom, Roman Schafer ABB, Jürgen Schmidhuber IDSIA Martin Vetterli EPFL, Marc Walder Digital Switzerland, Patrick Warnking Google.